I was reading Colossians today and this phrase in chapter 3, verse 4 stood out.
When Christ, who is your life…(CSB)
Paul is talking about how we have become a “new man.” That the old person we used to be has gone away. We have been changed and transformed. It is a truly remarkable thought. Continue reading “Who’s Life is it Anyway?”
Easter 2010 Meditations
The Second Word
39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)
Meditation on the Second Word
The promise of eternal life is not something we have to wait for. At the moment that we put our trust in Jesus, He promises that we have entered into the family of God. Too often we make the terrible mistake of thinking that it is our knowledge of Jesus that will matter. No, dear friends. It is not whether you remember Jesus in those moments of fear, confusion or despair. What will matter when we are confronted with our own mortality will be if He remembers you. The only thing that causes Jesus to remember us is faith, for “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6) and when Jesus returns Luke tells us that there will be a question asked. It is this, “…When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). Do you want to be remembered? Than place your faith in Jesus.
This is part of the series “What is the Gospel?
I hope you have benefited from out time spent looking at the multi-faceted diamond of the Gospel. We have discovered that God is holy and that our sin has kept us separated from God. We have looked to Jesus as the ultimate remedy for reconciliation with God. We have been confronted with the fact that it is through repentance that salvation is procured. As a result of salvation, we are given a new life, a new purpose, and a new journey. The Gospel is such a wonderful truth if we would just embrace it and live it out to the end. One of the more comforting realities of the Christian faith is that we are provided with the final scene. God inspires hope in His children because He is able to let us take a peek at what awaits us.
Paul in 1 Corinthians provides us with some insight to into what he calls a mystery. A mystery is not something that is unknowable, but something that has not yet been made known. Paul declares a mystery for all that believe: “Behold! I tell you a mystery. …When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. [1 Corinthians 15:51, 54–57 ESV] The Gospel’s ultimate goal is to bring Victory over sin; Victory over Death; Victory in Christ! Learn to love the Gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation for all who will believe it [Romans 1:16].
This is part of the series “What is the Gospel?”
One of the most glorious realities of the Christian faith is that death has been defeated. In the crucifixion and death of Jesus I have the wonderful truth that God has died for my sin. When we couple this remarkable truth to the equally wonderful truth that Jesus was raised from the dead we are confronted with a new reality – Death’s power has been defeated. Paul tells us that it was through sin that death was introduced into the world [Romans 5:12]. It is because of this sin that death brings fear to our hearts and minds and we find our joy melting away. Paul again tells us in Romans 6:23a that “the wages of sin is death.” We have earned the death that we will suffer because of our tendency to do our own will rather than God’s. We have earned the penalty of sin, but God has done something so incomprehensible that most who hear this message don’t believe it.
Even though we have earned death, “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” [Romans 6:23b]. Because Jesus took upon himself the punishment for sin He had not committed He was able to divert the justified wrath of God away from us. We still have to pass through the dark door of physical death. But through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross death is defeated and we no longer have to fear the destination that lies on the other side. If we follow Jesus He will lead us through death into new life.