Friday, 14 March 2014

Love/d On A Friday: Cross Equals Love

 
We have A PROBLEM.  It could be big or small.  We try to deal with it.  We pray for it to go away.  We have a tantrum about it.  We wonder if we should settle for this being how it has to be.  We ask God to do something.  We try to accept it as being part of our life.  We get better at coping with it.  We feel how unfair this is.  We plead with God to do something...

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In Deuteronomy 28, the Bible lists an awful lot of problems.  Problems everywhere you are, every trip you take; with your family, your possessions, your food, your work and all you do.  It talks about lack and every kind of sickness known and unknown; being robbed and oppressed, abused, disappointed, hopeless; being worried day and night, having no ease or rest.  It describes working hard and other people benefitting but not you, losing out to your enemies and other people lording it over you.

And it says that this is what mankind can expect for their failure to be perfect.

It also lists an awful lot of good things.  Being blessed everywhere we are whether that is travelling, at home or away.  Our family, possessions and food being blessed.  Our work and everything we do being blessed.  Winning over our enemies, being above and not beneath in situations, having a surplus so we don't even have to borrow.

Some pages later, in Galatians 3:13, it says this:

"Christ has REDEEMED us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us."

It is saying that Jesus suffered all that was owed to us for our failure to be perfect to save us from having to suffer it ourselves.

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So perhaps it should be that when we have certain PROBLEMS, be they big or small, we look from the problem to the cross.  We talk to God of course because He's our biggest ally, He wants only good for us.  We can tell Him exactly how we feel - what we need, but then we can say something like this:

"Because of what Jesus did on the cross, I believe this PROBLEM is dealt with.  I'm not trying to get it dealt with because this PROBLEM is a part of the curse of the law and Galatians 3:13 says Jesus has redeemed me from the curse of the law so I have been redeemed from this PROBLEM.  Thank you for honouring what Jesus has done on the cross in my situation today."

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We said last week that the cross stands in all weathers as the solid ground we can stand on, the view we can turn to, to reassure us of God's love whatever life is looking and feeling like.


I thought that until Easter, we would keep looking at the cross, looking at the love we find there.

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