We All Need The Son

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:16-18

Let’s face it – January is dark and dreary most of the time and we are all waiting for the sun to come out to stay so we can stand on that mountain top again. When the sun is out I see things differently, the struggles seem less daunting and the possibilities seem more appealing. The reality is that I need the sun to shine down on me. Truthfully, I need The Son to shine on my soul.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to depend only on myself or those around me to overcome the darkness that I see in my own life and in the world around me. I could not make it without the knowledge of a saviour; or while pondering the infinite vastness of the world, having just a glimpse of an intelligent designer holding it all in his hands. I keep reminding myself during January that He Lives! Yes, my Redeemer Lives – The Bible tells me so in the Book of Job, Chapter 19, Verses:

23 “Oh that my words were written!
    Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24 Oh that with an iron pen and lead
    they were engraved in the rock forever!
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
    and at the last he will stand upon the earth.[a]
26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
    yet in[b] my flesh I shall see God,
27 whom I shall see for myself,
    and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
    My heart faints within me!

While you are moving through January, sometimes with a heavy heart, remember to reach for the Son. I find Him in His Word, pure and simple, by reading in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. I find the Son in the old hymns and sermons by pastors like John MacArthur or Voddie Baucham. I find Him by reaching out to someone else feeling blue and trying to pour encouragement into their lives.

My Redeemer Lives: Job 19:25-27

For I know that my Redeemer lives.  And He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!  (Job 19:25-27)

Sometimes the only thing I am certain of is:  My Redeemer Lives!  That is powerful, non-negotiable and the rock I stand on.    I know it with all my heart.  I believe it with every fiber of my soul and my spirit cries out to Him knowing that He knows what it’s like to suffer.

On Palm Sunday, He was greeted like a king while he rode on a donkey.   The people lined the street laying palms in the path.   For a brief moment, they knew in their being that He was special; but, to them it was someone who would release them from an oppressive Roman government.   He was an answer to them in this world.  That’s how it goes.  Some see this time on earth as all there is and God may bless them now, but what if this is “it”  for them?  That was all there was for those that chose to live for the moment and renounce The King of Kings for not getting them out of their troubles right then.

By the next day, the destruction of His character, bearing false witness to be more exact, began.  His followers asked Him to hide, to stop; but, He knew what was coming and it was part of our redemption.   He sweated blood and asked His Father to “let this cup pass”.   Three times he asked even so  He would willingly  submit to His Father’s will.  Knowing that one of His own would betray Him and another would deny Him, He bore our sins.  There was the spit; the shame; the crown pushed into his head; the beating until He was unrecognizable; the mocking sign “King of the Jews”; the pain; the sorrow; and, the crucifixion.   And He cried, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

NOW THE VICTORY!  He rose from the tomb whole except for the scars which were seen to let us know that He was fully human and fully God by His death and resurrection.  He is no longer nailed to the cross and we are no longer condemned.  There is nothing that we can do that can take His place in pain or blood or suffering to save ourselves.  There is ONLY ONE WAY to God:  John 14:6 says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”    He is seated at the right hand of Our Father.  He is to judge the living and the dead and will come again to receive His own.  “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Matthew 24:30-31)