Friday, March 4, 2016

On Him They Laid the Cross

Luke 23:25 - Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.
We know the account of Jesus carrying His own cross to His crucifixion. We know the symbolism of Simon the Cyrenian being asked to take up the cross and carry it for Jesus. As believers we are all called to take up our crosses for Jesus.

Being a follower of Christ is not easy. Taking up our cross means we die to ourselves and learn to live for Christ. As people mocked, jeered and rejected Him and His words of truth, so will people do the same to those who take Him at His word, who believe His truth. We learn to daily to die to self, to know what truth is and not be in the world while living here. We do not accept the things God rejects. This is hard for many people. 

There are many who believe we are in the last days mentioned in the Bible. We see it all around us and we see how quickly things are happening. Many others do not see it, or choose not to, saying times have changed...and shouldn't we just fit in with those times? God's Word has clearly shown us right from wrong but somehow some have decided His words are outdated. God is the same today as yesterday and will be the same tomorrow. And since this statement is true...and Jesus is God and the Word...this/His Word never changes either. 
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:8‬)
God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. ‭‭(Numbers‬ ‭23:19‬, Psalm 119:89‬)
Just because the majority of society does not believe won't cause God to change what is happening. He has been longsuffering and still continues to love us all, but He will do all it takes to open people's eyes to His truth. It may seem old fashioned, unfair or disastrous, but it is only bringing us to His glorious end. Glorious to those who believe, trust, serve and obey Him.

Amid the junk going on we can have peace, but it only comes from knowing Christ. He is all we need. He will provide, supernaturally and in His perfect timing, when we need it. We need not fear. He can be our strength, our portion, our refuge in times of trouble. We look to Him and no one else.

We sang a song last Sunday that has stuck with me all week! Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. Won't you trust too? 

Luke‬ ‭9:23-24‬ ‭- Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it."

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