Fullness pt. 2
Anchored to the Rock
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. – Galatians 4:4-7 ESV
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” – Matthew 21:42-44 (ESV)
You may have never felt loved in your life. And because of that you’ve had to control your life as much as you possibly could. But now you’re out of control and you have no idea what to do. But Jesus saves.
You may have never loved in your life. And because of that you don’t see how you could ever be loved by another. But Jesus loves.
You may have done everything you think is right. But somehow the results aren’t what you’ve expected. And you don’t see the point anymore. But Jesus lives.
The Gospel is this. No matter what you’ve done, or who you are, Jesus saves. That’s the Gospel.
But the Gospel requires an admission of guilt doesn’t it? Because after all, if we have nothing to be saved from, why should we be saved? That idea is why it’s so hard for many of us in the West to accept the Gospel. Many of us have never felt a need to be saved. But we all need saved; that’s the message of the Gospel too. We all need saved… When a rescuer comes to save us we must put our trust in that rescuer. That means we must do everything they say and put our lives in their control. God planned a rescue mission for us when He created us.
As a member of the Oregon Air National Guard I work on F-15 Fuel Systems. That means that sometimes I have to go inside fuel tanks in the jet to work on components inside them. I’ve never seen someone get trapped or hurt, but the risk is there. Therefore, a we create something called a Master Entry Permit. That permit requires that we make a rescue plan for anyone that goes into a tank or confined space. Just in case something bad happens.
When God created us, He wanted us to have free will. He wanted us to be able to choose or reject Him. So He gave us the means and ability to do just that. He said you can do all this stuff, but I’m asking you not to do that. If you do that, you are rejecting Me, the giver of life, and you will die. When God did that, He knew He was risking the lives and the safety of the people He loved. God wanted His creation to have both autonomy and safety, so He gave us the ability to choose, and He designed a rescue plan. At the center of that plan is Jesus, our rescuer, our Savior.
No one is good enough to make it to Heaven, it doesn’t matter how bad you want to go and how good you think you are. God says, no one is good enough to get to Heaven on their own. Because admission to Heaven requires perfection. But no one is perfect; so how? We need a perfecter. And to be saved we need a Savior, and that Savior by definition must be greater than us. Jesus came to rescue all of us from sin and death. That Savior must be our Lord. Christ must become the Lord of our lives. Are we willing to lay down our weapons of life and put our trust in Him? He’s our only hope.
When climbers scale a stone face, they don’t rely on there ability to fly to save them from a fall. But we often live that way. Life comes with pitfalls we can’t rescue ourselves from. Yes, we may be living and walking around. But many of us aren’t alive inside. We’re not saved to something greater. We fall prey and we rely on ourselves to rescue. And it never works. Climbers anchor themselves to the rock so that if, so that when, they make a mistake, the rock will be able to save them. That’s a little glimpse into the Christian life as well. We can’t save ourselves from our falls. So we must be anchored to The Rock.
It’s in our anchoring that grace and truth comes to our lives. John 14:1 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” There’s a reason Christ came with grace and truth. The truth without grace crushes without mercy. It imprisons and forever shames. It says, “You’re this and you’ll never be different.” It’s hopeless. But grace with truth? It says, “I love you no matter what.” “I’ll save you no matter why you need saving.” A mountain climber who believes he can fly will be killed by the truth that he can’t. A person tethered to the Rock can never fall because the rescue is constantly attached.
And what is truth? Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” – John 14:6 But that’s not the end of His statement. The second part is a little harder.
To be continued…