Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Isaiah Day 78 - The Struggle

28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord God:

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.
17 Also I will make justice the measuring line,
And righteousness the plummet;
The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will overflow the hiding place.
18 Your covenant with death will be annulled,
And your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
Then you will be trampled down by it.
19 As often as it goes out it will take you;
For morning by morning it will pass over,
And by day and by night;
It will be a terror just to understand the report.”

20 For the bed is too short to stretch out on,
And the covering so narrow that one cannot wrap himself in it.
21 For the Lord will rise up as at Mount Perazim,
He will be angry as in the Valley of Gibeon—
That He may do His work, His awesome work,
And bring to pass His act, His unusual act.
22 Now therefore, do not be mockers,
Lest your bonds be made strong;
For I have heard from the Lord God of hosts,
A destruction determined even upon the whole earth.

Don't forget how the reading ended yesterday in verse 15. Those in rebellion against God made lies their shelter. Verse 16 onward is God's response. Note what it was. He would lay a stone in Zion, a cornerstone. Familiar language? It should be. God is going to send His Son. Why would He send His Son to a nation sheltered in lies and drunk with misinformation? Because Jesus is the Truth. He the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to a proper view of the Father except through Him. "Philip if you have seen Me you have seen the Father".

If. Did you notice that. Meeting Jesus does not necessarily equal seeing Him. Many saw Him, met Him, heard Him, even talked to Him but never truly saw Him. At the same time though they saw enough to become very uncomfortable in their blanket of lies. Their carefully crafter portrait of God and the complex house of cards religion built around that portrait started to fall down. Rather than let it, they sought to kill Jesus for disturbing them.

Notice the very clear and uncomfortable visual Isaiah gives us for what it's like to encounter the Chief Cornerstone when we have been wrapped in lies. Suddenly the bed is too short to stretch out on and the covers are too narrow to give any satisfying warmth. Ever had a blanket like that? You pull it up to cover your shoulders and your feet are exposed. You try and wrap it around you but cool air is always getting in somewhere and the net result is that sleep is hard to come by.

The sum of the story? Jesus was sent by His Father to a world wrapped in confusion. The very religion that was supposed to house the truth was the most corrupt of all. God could have left us in our mess but He didn't. He had promised a Seed. It was the central theme of the Story. The promised was passed from Adam and Eve to Seth, to Noah, to Shem, to Abram, to Isaac, to Jacob, to the house and line of David. Jesus came. The promise was kept. But (and this is a huge BUT) instead of a national hero who would help them snuggle deeper into their down filled duvet of lies He came to make them uncomfortable, very uncomfortable. Every word and every action seemed to cut their covers shorter. The mattress was losing length every night. Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. We have always said it was because he didn't want others to see him with Jesus but maybe it was because he just couldn't sleep any more.

If reading God's word makes you uncomfortable. If meeting Jesus takes some of the shine off your carefully polished religious ideas don't panic. It's by design. We need to made uncomfortable because the Truth is far better and far broader than anything our man-made religious ideas have come up with. Sometimes sobering up is accompanied by a headache but getting "sober" is far better than the alternative. We will know the Truth and the Truth(Jesus) will set us free.

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