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In His service,
Pastor Kris Theobald
Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you – 1 Peter 1:18-20
When I was a child, my grandmother had a music box I was fascinated by. You could open the lid and see inside all of the working parts. There was a rotating cylinder with many raised tabs on it. As the cylinder slowly rotated, the tabs struck various prongs which made different sounds making up the song. When you looked at the cylinder, you essentially had the whole song there in front of you, but to hear the song and actually experience it, you had to wind up the music box and let the cylinder rotate until all the tabs were struck.
This is how it is with God’s plan of redemption for us. The plan to send the Lamb of God as humanities redeemer, was settled before the foundation of the earth. In eternity past, the counsel of God had ordained that that day would come. Yet we who are bound by time, had to wait for the day when he would come, wait as he calls his own into the fold, and wait until he returns for his church. We wait as his timeless purposes are carried out within the realm of creation. One day the plan which is already complete in the mind of God, will be completed in the realm of humanity, and the fullness of redemption will be complete. Until that time all of creation eagerly awaits as his song of salvation plays out note by note before us.
but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 10:33
The terrible tragedy in Oregon that left nine people dead, most of whom were shot because the confessed their faith in Christ, has caused many people to stand up and proclaim their willingness to die for their faith. Perhaps you’ve seen the hashtag #yesIam on social media, from people boldly professing their faith. But what I have seen too, is many saying they would never deny Jesus because they don’t want to go to hell. Is that what Jesus was saying in this passage? I don’t think so. Let’s take a look…
As with any passage of scripture, context is the key. You can’t pull a verse out of its proper place, and expect to get a proper interpretation. Matthew chapter 10 begins with Jesus calling, and preparing to send out the twelve disciples. He then begins to teach them about the cost of discipleship and the persecution they will face. In the face of all that comes this text. And here’s the truth throughout Scripture, faith in Christ leads to salvation, rejection of Christ leads to condemnation. It is your trust in the substitutionary atonement of Jesus on the cross to pay for your sins which saves you. That salvation which is ours only by Grace was won by him and kept by him. When we are placed, “in Christ” we are positionally secure and legally justified forever.
Should the day come when we are faced with a life or death decision to declare our faith or be martyred, I pray that I would have his grace and boldness to stand strong and do so. I know many throughout history have, but I also know many genuine believers when faced with that decision operated in the flesh out of fear and perhaps lied to spare themselves. Does that mean they forfeited salvation? Of course not. No sin can separate you from Christ for if it could his blood is not sufficient to cleanse us from all sin. A denial of Christ that leads to condemnation, is a complete and permanent rejection of his person and work, not a momentary denial in a time of weakness. The Apostle Peter knew all too well that experience.
My friends we should stand bold. We should not be ashamed to declare Christ, even in the face of death, but let’s not lose sight of the truth that it’s his grace alone that makes us worthy. Our profession doesn’t keep us, the blood of Christ which made peace with God does. It keeps on cleansing us, and when we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he is in us, and we in him. Let us hold fast to our profession, but know that some may deny him when faced with such a terrible situation, but how many times in a week do we deny him with our doubts, silence, and actions or lack there of? Would you say you’re lost because of those? I believe the answer to all of these questions is no.
So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:33
Here’s one of those verses we like to skip over. This is for those radical believers. Those people that take the bible too literally. Jesus didn’t really mean what he said here, I was just an analogy, a hyperbole, I mean after all, he wants us happy and comfortable, right? And so we dismiss his words, and justify our unwillingness to leave our worldly treasures because, quite frankly, they mean more to us than Jesus.
What has a price tag on it too high for you to part with? Be honest. Is what’s in your garage come before him? The boat or camper in your driveway? Your kids ball team? Your job and the endless hours you work to get more money to buy more toys? This text is scary because it’s true, and it’s black and white. Look at it again. If you’re not willing to renounce, that’s from the Greek verb that we get our English word, “apostasy” from, which means to completely walk away from something… Jesus said if you’re not willing to walk away from all that you have, you cannot be my disciple. He didn’t say you might not be my disciple, he said you can’t be.
Here’s why. Jesus is God, you need to know that. God said in the very first commandment, “you shall have no other gods before me.” Anything that you put before him is an idol (which breaks the 2nd commandment) and that thing takes the rightful place in your life that God deserves. God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14) he won’t share his glory, if you chose another master, to it will you answer. You cannot follow Jesus and hold to something else. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot walk with God and the world. You can’t be in the Spirit and in the flesh. When two walk together, they must be in agreement (Amos 3:3) We need to ask ourselves the tough questions and this is one. If Jesus is my hearts only desire, what am I putting before him, and when I recognize that roadblock, am I willing to remove it, or is my idol more precious than Christ? That’s the radical cost of being a disciple. Still want Jesus?
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. – 1 Peter 2:24
It’s an amazing thing to think about the lives saved by organ donors. Imagine that someone else’s heart, or lungs, or kidneys, can be placed into another person and function as if it were their own. Yet how much more amazing is it that God would become a man, leave heaven and enter into his own creation, and live perfectly sinless, so that h could become a perfect sacrifice to take the judgment and wrath of God for my sins and your upon himself.
As the donors organ can give new life to a dying man, Christ taking our sin upon himself, freeing us from the death sentence of sin, and the bondage it carries, has placed within us his own righteousness so that God sees us as holy and spotless before him.
The wounds of the cross are our security of healing. That sacrifice has made us whole. It has restored the missing piece that was lost in the fall. Our hearts are made new, the old man is dead and a new man has come into existence. All this made possible solely by the cross of Christ. The great exchange that happened when the sinless lamb bore our sin, and sinful man received righteousness. Christ alone made this possible, repentance and faith unlock the door to this priceless treasure. Those who come humbly seeking grace from Christ will find him a kind and gentle master, who will pardon iniquity and restore peace. That is the Jesus I pray you will meet.