Saturday, January 22, 2005

Jesus and obedience

Mark Loughridge has some thoughts on Jesus and obedience at 3:17. He takes as his starting point Mt. 3:17, where the voice of the Father proclaimed, "This is my beloved son; with him I am well pleased."

Have you ever wondered that? It's Matthew 3:17. It's only the start of Jesus' ministry. The hard work of calling and teaching the disciples hasn't begun yet. His atoning death is 3 years away.

What was there to be pleased about?

It is all too easy to skim over the whole of 33 years of Jesus' life and to see his saving work focused on just a few hours on the cross. Often we tend to think of his life in this way: for 30 years we are told nothing, so we learn nothing; for 3 years we try to learn from his example and teaching; and from 6 hours we learn about his redemptive work.

This is to slice and dice an event that God intended to be a lifelong event into a little cube of meat that doesn't fill and satisfy the way God intended.

For God designed the whole of Christ's life to be a unit. It is redemptive from beginning to end. To slice and dice is to rob Jesus of the glory due to him for a much greater work, and it is to rob ourselves of much comfort and blessing.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was nice

12:25 AM, January 25, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Glad you like it.

4:59 PM, February 07, 2005  

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