It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified.(Galatians 3:1 NRSV)
This verse is a challenge! Do we publicly exhibit Jesus Christ as crucified? Or do we try to get around and avoid the insult and scandal of the cross?
At the cross there is peace between men and God, and between men and men. At the cross is forgiveness of sin. At the cross the price for sin was paid.
Do we publicly declare and display that Jesus was crucified or do we hide away?
Lord Jesus, help me to declare you as crucified publicly and openly. So that others may see you for who you are and for what you have done. Amen!!!
‘On God rests my deliverance and my honour; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.’ (Psalm 62:7. NRSV)
The psalmist’s deliverance and honour ‘rests’ on God. Resting here suggests to me complete reliance upon, and dependence in. It is like having all your eggs in one basket, in God, nowhere else.
As Christians we are to live from a place of rest in God, not of striving to reach a place of rest. We cannot be saved from our sins by striving, or be baptised in the Holy Spirit by striving. Those things only happen by the grace of God, so we need to rest in and trust him in all things.
I can definitely say that I agree with this. Jesus delivered me from my sins when I came to know him. He has delivered me from attacks of the enemy over the years and also very recently. I know that I can trust him to do it because he is able!
My honour also rests in him alone, the way that God has made some introductions recently (via Twitter) is really amazing. We should never apologise for being ourselves, but should try to be who God has called us to be. As long as we do this we can leave the rest to him and God will ‘exalt you in due time’ (1 Peter 5:6 NRSV).
God is the mighty rock, the bedrock, on which we stand – Jesus is that bedrock. My refuge is also in him, regardless of whatever else is happening I can always run to him for safety and security.
Father God, thank you that all we need is in you. And thank you most of all for Jesus who did everything that we could not, so that we could enter into your rest. In his name we pray. Amen.