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The Ultimate Focus Of The Cross


“God is the ultimate focus of Christ’s death on the cross. Yes, Jesus died for sins and for the unrighteous, but ultimately Jesus died for God and his glory. For when Christ brings us to God, he brings us into a right relationship with God. It’s as if the universe is set back where it should be - a relationship in which he is the center and we orbit around him in a safe proximity and nearness, a relationship in which his glory is the point and we find our joy and meaning in being a display of his worth rather than our own.”

~ Michael Lawrence, It Is Well, 215

When we find our joy and meaning in living as “a display of his worth rather than our own”, we finally live life as we were created to live it. We experience ultimate joy when we decrease and He increases because He is the ultimate focus of everything. Though everything around us and the sin within us tells us to put ourselves on display for all to see, Christ died so we could live for Our Father and His glory alone. When He is the center, everything is as it should be… even when thinking about the ultimate purpose of the cross.


The Almighty Shoulders of Jesus


Charles Spurgeon preached Christ In The Covenant on August 31, 1856 at the New Park Street Chapel in the London borough of Southwark. In the section below, he encourages his congregation to not only worship Jesus as Savior, but go to him daily and rely on his strength moment by moment. 

“There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for his people to make a show-thing of him and not to use him. He loves to be worked. He is a great laborer. He always was for his Father, and now he loves to be a great laborer for his brethren. The more burdens you put on his shoulders, the better he will love you. Cast your burdens on him. You will never know the sympathy of Christ's heart and the love of his soul so well as when you have heaved a heavy mountain of trouble from yourself to his shoulders, and have found that he does not stagger under the weight. Are your troubles like huge mountains of snow upon your spirit? Bid them rumble like an avalanche upon the shoulders of Almighty Christ. He can bear them all away, and carry them into the depths of the sea.”

Charles Spurgeon, Christ In The Covenant, II.4

As we come to the close of Prayer Week, let us intensify our resolve to be a people of prayer that loves walk with our Savior every moment, heaping all our cares and concerns upon our His mighty shoulders. And may God grant much grace so that this would set the tone for the rest of our days. 


Grace: The Best Gift


We’ve been reading Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus by Nancy Guthrie during this advent season and it has been a great partner to our Bible reading. Here is a quote from JC Ryle on Matthew 2:1-12:

“Let us beware of resting satisfied with head knowledge. It is an excellent thing when rightly used. But a person might have much of it, and still perish everlastingly. What is the state of our hearts? This is the great question. A little grace is better than many gifts. Gifts alone save no one; but grace leads on to glory.”

On Saturday, let us remind ourselves and our families about the greatest gift… God’s gracious sending of His Son, Jesus Christ. Let us find little ways to teach our families that though the gifts received are precious and fun, they are to be reminders of the best gift given to man. We celebrate Grace Incarnate.


Greatness and Goodness United


For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.

Psalm 86:10

It is a grand thing when greatness and goodness are united; it is only in the Divine Being that either of them exists absolutely, and essentially. Happy is it for us that they both exist in the Lord to an equal degree. To be great and not good might lead to tyranny in the King, and for him to be good and not great might involve countless calamities upon his subjects from foreign foes, so that either alternative would be terrible; let the two be blended, and we have a monarch in whom the nation may rest and rejoice. 

And 'do wondrous things'. Being good, he is said to be ready to forgive: being great, he works wonders: we may blend the two, for there is no wonder so wonderful as the pardon of our transgressions. All that God does or makes has wonder in it; he breathes, and the wind is mystery; he speaks, and the thunder astounds us; even the commonest daisy is a marvel, and a pebble enshrines wisdom. Only to fools is anything which God has made uninteresting: the world is a world of wonders. Note that the verb do is in the present, the Lord is doing wondrous things, they are transpiring before our eyes. Where are they? Look upon the bursting buds of spring or the maturing fruits of autumn, gaze on the sky or skim the sea, mark the results of providence and the victories of grace, everywhere at all times the great Wonder Worker stretches forth his rod of power.
 

~ Charles Spurgeon, Treasury of David


Join us this Sunday at 9:30am for Bible Study Hour and at 10:45am to come together to worship our Great and Good God.

 


Sent Into The Harvest


David Mathis wrote this blog post a couple years ago over at Desiring God. It seeks to take all of life captive under the banner of God's glory and helps us as Christians to think about and engage our neighbors during Halloween. He writes:

"What if we didn't merely go with the societal flow and unwittingly float with the cultural tide into and out of yet another Halloween? What if we didn't observe the day with the naivete as our unbelieving neighbors and coworkers?

And what if we didnt overreact to such nonchalance by simply withdrawing? What if Halloween wasn't a night when Christians retreated in disapproval, but an occasion for storming the gates of hell?"

These are great questions to think through over the next couple of days. You can read the entire post here.


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