A Momentary Stop

I may not always be present in my home, but I still live there.

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John 12:34 – The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?

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Being absent from your home doesn’t mean you’ve moved away.  Even if you’ve gone on a long journey for a protracted period of time, being absent doesn’t mean you’ve moved away.  When a soldier is required by his country to go to war, that doesn’t mean he has left his family and moved away.  With these thoughts in mind, give some consideration to our Text for Today.  When Jesus spoke of being “lifted up,” He was speaking of His crucifixion.  And it is evident from our that those who heard Him speak understood what He was saying.  What they did NOT understand was how Jesus would deal with death.

In the thinking of natural man, when one dies, one has moved on to a different place; they are not coming back.  For them, death was not part of a journey, but a final destination.  So when Jesus spoke of being “lifted up,” their thoughts could take them no further than the death He was to die.  Because their eyes had not been enlightened to see the redemption that was before them, they saw His death as the end of Him, and the grave as His final home.  But Jesus knew differently.  He knew full well that death for Himself was only a point of transition; a point at which all the tables would be turned; a point at which death must give way to life, sickness to health, poverty to plenty, darkness to light, fear to faith.  That point in time at which Jesus, Who had died and been buried, Who had entered hell on our behalf, and Who had defeated Satan and his hordes, was made alive again and rose from His grave, became the turning point of all history.  At that moment, covenant with God changed.  No longer would sin be covered by the blood of a lamb.  Now sin would be washed away and forgotten by the blood of THE LAMB.  No longer would man have to come to an earthly priest for a ritual that would only last until the following year.  Now when a man came to Jesus, THE High Priest, he would come once for cleansing, and receive eternal life.  And more than that, when he came to THE High Priest, he would himself be made a king and priest unto the Lord, having become a joint-heir with Him through the new birth.  Where the people saw an end, Jesus saw a beginning.  That beginning belongs to whosoever will call on the Name of the Lord.  Have you called on Him?  If not, call today.  Your new beginning awaits your call. 

Manna for Today – John 12:27-35; John 3:16-17; Romans 10:6-17; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

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