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A Mystery



Great is the mystery of godliness . . .


1 Timothy 3:16


One of the most popular tourist attractions in England is the giant stone pillars of Stonehenge. These massive pieces of granite are also a great source of mystery. Every year, people travel to Stonehenge with questions such as: Why were they erected? Who accomplished this extraordinary engineering marvel? And we wonder most of all how they did it. But visitors leave having received no answers from the silent stones. The mystery remains


The Scriptures speak of a greater mystery than the granites at Stonehenge, the mystery of the fact that God came to live among us as a man. Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 3:16, “Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.”


This brief overview of the life of Christ—the mystery of godliness, is remarkable. What prompted the Creator of the universe to come and live and die for His creation, however, is not a mystery. In Romans 5:8, the Bible says: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God’s great love for us is at the root of the mystery of godliness, and the cross has made it plain for all to see.

Bible Reading

1 Timothy 3:14-16.


Prayer

Great is the Gospel of You, my glorious God; mystery and wonderful in all Your ways. I praise You and I bless You, in Jesus name. Amen.



The Story Of Tree



He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree.


1 Peter 2:24


A dear friend of mine, loaned me a book of poem to read of which she was the author entitled 'Anyone Can Draw A Tree,' sadly, no longer in print. But this reminded me that one of the earliest Christian poems in English literature is “The Dream of the Rood.” The word rood comes from the Old English word rod or pole and refers to the cross on which Christ was crucified. In the poem the crucifixion story is retold from the perspective of the cross. When the tree learns that it is to be used to kill the Son of God, it rejects the idea of being used in this way. But Christ enlists the help of the tree to provide redemption for all who will believe on Him.


In the garden of Eden, a tree was the source of the forbidden fruit that our spiritual parents tasted, causing sin to enter the human race. And when the Son of God shed His blood as the ultimate sacrifice for all of humanity’s sin, He was nailed to a tree on our behalf. Christ, “He Himself, bore our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24). 


The cross is the turning point for all who trust Christ for salvation. And ever since the crucifixion, it has become a remarkable symbol that represents the sacrificial death of the Son of God for our deliverance from sin and death. The cross is the inexpressibly wonderful evidence of God’s love for us. 

Bible Reading

Colossians 1:15–20.


Prayer

Heavenly Father, Thank You for the blood stained cross where my Saviour Jesus atoned for my sin. Whenever I see the cross, I praise You for Your Son, who gave His life for me in love. Amen.



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A Day Of Rest



Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest . . .


Exodus 23:12


Early one Sunday morning, as I stood on the bank of the River Thames and watched it as it gurgled and wends its way through the landscape, I was delighted with the life and beauty it brings to the Oxfordshire countryside. I felt myself relax as I watched the cascading water and listened to the birds chirping and singing. I paused and gave thanks to the Lord for how He helps us find rest for our souls.


The Lord instituted a time of Sabbath, a time for rest, worship and renewal, for His people because He wanted them to thrive. As we see in the book of Exodus, He tells them to sow their fields for six years and rest on the seventh. So too with working six days and resting on the seventh. His way of life set apart the Israelites from other nations, for not only they but also the foreigners and slaves in their households were allowed to follow this pattern.


The reality of our need of rest is reinforced by the invitation of Jesus in Matthew 11:28–30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, 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.” Jesus speaks of life’s burdens and His provisions for us (an easy yoke and a light burden), and that is good. Notice, however, that the rest He offers is not simply found in the cessation of activity or release from burdens. It is found in actively seeking His presence and His provision for our lives. The Lord speaks of rest “for (our) souls” which is far more than mere relaxing. It is the rest that replenishes us in the core of our being. This is the ultimate goal of Sabbath rest, a rest that recuperates the heart and restores the spirit.


Bible Reading

Exodus 23:10–13.


Prayer

Lord God, my Creator, in You, we find our rest. Thank You that You have created us both to work and to rest. Please help me find the right rhythm for my life. In Jesus name. Amen.


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