Friday, November 25, 2005

Back to the Basics

"But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." --Galatians 6:14

This is timing divine. Back to the basics. The foundation of our faith. The beginning of life everlasting.

I have been reminded this week that all I really have is Jesus. All that my world is--the reality that life is not always this perfect masquerade of happiness, but rather hardships and pains that whether we want to or not, we experience--I am brought back to the Cross of Christ. I have been firmly rooted in faith by the power of a Spirit that made His dwelling place in me the day my heart, mind, soul and strength were opened up to the true reality of Jesus Christ, the Savior of my life. It is Christ crucified, Christ buried, and Christ risen, that brings me into an everlasting blood-covenant relationship with God the Father.

And we humbly admit that the message is foolishness. To the mind accoustomed to the world, a Savior that dies is no Savior at all. The world says a Man with great power and wisdom, with great compassion and mercy, with great understand and love must be crowned king in this life. But when they see this same Man willingly give Himself up to be laughed at, mocked, spat on, scourged, beaten, and crucified, they turn their backs and as if to never really know Him at all, place a sign above the His bloody, crown of thorns covered head, which spitefully reads "King of the Jews."

He is King of the Jews and King of the Gentiles;
He is King of the rich and King of the poor;
He is King of the proud and King of the humble;
He is King of every tribe, tongue, people, and nation;
He is King of all reason, all feeling, all emotion;
He is King of all that is seen and unseen;
He is King of all power, honor, and glory;
He is trly King of kings and Lord of lords.
He is Jesus Christ, crucified.

His sovereignty is not forceful.
He reigns patiently on His throne.
He carries out His will with grace.
He looks on His people with love, compassion and mercy.
His glory is everlasting!
He is Jesus Christ, crucified.

The eyes of His children have been opened and we are in the presence of of the glory of Christ, the glory that is incomparable and incomprehensible.

His kingdom is not of this world; His throne is not in some city of this earth. In order for us to be brough into this kingdom, to live in the city where our King reigns, He did exactly what the world never expected:

He conquered death through dying.

For our King is also the High Priest;
Our King is the Paschal Lamb.
He offered up the final and ultimate sacrifice.
He was the sacrifice.

Now we worship our King who lives and reigns in the celestial kingdom where His citizens will enjoy Him forever.

All this because of a foolish Man on a
Life-taking cross,
Who through death, made
Life-everlasting possible.

By His Grace...For His Glory.

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