The Living Stone
Without His resurrection from the dead, Jesus would be like any other god – lifeless, and without the ability to hear or respond to a person’s cry. He would be as senseless and insensitive as any other god made out of wood, stone, or gold.
I love the apostle Peter’s description of Jesus: “As you come to him, the living Stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:4-5)
The Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, often addresses what I would call “lifeless stones”. He ridicules and speaks with disdain of false gods, actually making a mockery of them.
In the forty-first chapter of Isaiah, he challenges the gods. In the forty-sixth chapter he compares the gods of Babylon with the God of creation.
I invite to do some comparative shopping this morning
The Lifeless Stone The Living Stone
Needs to be carried Carries you
Increases your weariness Gives you rest
Adds to your burden Lifts your burden
Needs to be rescued Comes to your rescue
Which do you think is the better deal?
After looking at this comparative list, suddenly the words of Matthew 11:28-30 that I have read for many years come alive with fresh perspective.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
What’s the take home from this blog today?
“Remember this, fix it in your mind, take it to heart…I am God, and there is none other; I am God, and there is none like me…My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”
Isaiah 41:10 & 13
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
I invite you to take a moment to hold out your right hand in front of you. Take a good look at it and think of the burden that may be represented in the palm of your hand. Remind yourself that no matter your difficulty, trial, or burden, Jesus, the living Stone, will take His righteous right hand and wrap it around your right hand. What a partnership!
I would rather depend on a living hand that I cannot see, than a lifeless hand that I can hold.
Until next time…