Anchors

Psalm 34-36 In times like this what or who is your anchor?

Anchors only work if they are digging deep into the earth. They must dig in and then hold the ship. Right now, just like David, we are in a battle and we need a strong anchor. One thing he knew is that “In times like these you need a Savior. In times like these you need an anchor, Be very sure, be very sure your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!   This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One.”

Where do you find peace? Where do you go in times of danger or crisis?

Just like the words of the hymn, David’s anchor was the Lord. He wrote: I sought the Lord, and when I sought him, he answered and delivered me from all my fears. God’s ministering angels came and encamped around me. This one thing I know: The Lord hears the cries of the godly, He is near to the brokenhearted, and when I am discouraged, I can trust that God will be my deliverer. Isaiah also knew, “You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith…for they trust in you.”

The world would have us look everywhere but to the Lord. Have you tried other ways? Is Christ your anchor?

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The Power of the Resurrection

resurrection-21Cor 15 The Power of the Resurrection

The Resurrection is the key to the life of our Savior who lived, died, and rose again. Without it, there is no hope, no future and no reason to believe. It is because of His death that he became a life-giving spirit that is given to all who believe. It is because of that death, burial and resurrection that one day we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in the moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. This mortality will put on immortality for the Master Tailor is in the business of sewing us into the beautiful tapestry of the image of Jesus Christ. We are being conformed to His image and it is because of this we can sing with the choirs of heaven. And it is because of that truth Paul could say to the Corinthians who were concerned:

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!  So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Jesus is no longer “on” the cross. He has become victorious “over” the cross and He is our anchor for our souls. A

 

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Hebrews 2 “Jesus Christ our Captain”

ImageOne of the wonderful tools learned in Inductive Bible Study training is that to unearth the truths of the passage one asks the “5W’s and H” questions. One needs to observe by asking “who, what, when, where, why, and how.” Yesterday the author of Hebrews answered the “who” question. Jesus Christ is the very radiance of the glory of God. Today in chapter two he continues to add more evidence to the “who” along with what, when, why and how.

Who/When: Jesus was made lower than the angels “for a little while.” He is “now” crowned with glory and honor because he is the pioneer of our salvation.

What: he suffered and experienced death on behalf of everyone. Because of that he is unashamed to call us brothers and sisters.

Why: He shared in our humanity so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death. Therefore, it was fitting in order that he may bring sons to glory. He was made like his brothers and sisters “in every respect” so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of his people.

How: He was tempted and suffered.

All of this is important because just as one needs a Captain to guide a ship so we need a captain of our souls. The author warns us if we loosen our anchor lines, we will drift away from the Captain who has set us free from the power of the fear of death. Therefore do not become untethered lest you drift from Jesus, the very radiance of God, the one who left heaven to become human, was tempted and suffered. To keep us from drifting from the shore of truth, our line must be tethered to Him. He alone is the security that will anchor us to the truth.

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