April 6, 2009

Living: Christ Or Not

Filed under: Christianity,Faith,religion — mirhezimaging @ 5:53 pm

 Straight No ChaserAs we go about the daily grind living our lives we encounter situations and circumstances that clash with our soul concerning the Spirit of God. How can we find the strength necessary to endure? 

First when we visit the cross we find Christ hanging in the middle of faith and fear. Fear in this context is unbelief. The testimony from the Apostle Luke in the 23 chapter of the gospel gives us a wonderful illustration of how our Lord gets in the middle. Notice how one of the criminals references the point of fear, where he tries to blaspheme our Lord with the statement out of verse 39 by saying, “If you are the Christ save yourself and us”. But listen to the faith provided by the other rebuking him saying “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? Notice how he sees clearly enough to receive his blessing. Verse 41 shows us what he sees. He says, “And we indeed justly for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Listen to what Christ says, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Immediately upon his act of faith the one criminal receives life to his dire situation. What happens to the other? Let’s look at the gospel of John to interpret the fate of the other. In Chapter 3 verse 18 the Lord Jesus Christ gives us the result. He says, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

As a result of his unbelief he receives his just reward.


Let Christ mediate the circumstances of your life. Each day of our lives we will encounter the cross and its wonderful illustration as we envision the sacrifice of our Lord interceding on our behalf. Let Him provide life in every area of your life. Remember He has already taken on the joy of the cross regarding our sin. As indicated in the book of Hebrews Chapter 12 starting in verse 2. It says, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Verse 3 completes this by commanding us to, “Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

Whatever you do today allow the cross to persuade you to life instead of death. Do not become discouraged in your soul as a result of the difficulties life brings.  Let the illustration of the cross give you the strength to endure until our Lord and Savior returns to receive us with Him in Paradise. To God be the Glory.



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