A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
<p>”At The Cross” by The Cleveland Baptist Church, Sunday Night; sung as a congregational song.
Chorus: At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light and the burdens of my heart rolled away. It was there by faith I received my sight and now I am happy all the day.
Our Church sponsored a two day conference entitled “Reasonable Faith In An Uncertain World” a Biola On The Road Event Series, presented by Biola University. I was able to attend 1 evening and thoroughly enjoyed the speakers. I believe their Mission Statement is:
“Think Biblically About Everything.” For followers of Christ, it’s important to think Biblically about everything. Biola University makes God’s Word a vital part of your learning and prepares you to live, work, serve and think for Christ wherever he’s called you.
And on Sunday our speaker was one of the Professors of Christian Apologetics (to argue, struggle, fight for the Faith). WONDERFUL! (Please pray for them, men of God and all of us who Believe). This Professor spoke of the suffering that each Christian must go through, because we each have our own cross to bear. If Christ spared not His Own Son, how is it that we think we will not suffer. He shared with us that in the midst of our suffering, when we may think that we are alone, and yet when we are pulled through and are still standing unmoved in our Faith we will be even stronger in our Faith.
Our Senior Pastor stated that when you are pulled through that knothole and when you come out the other side you will receive an even greater blessing (or joy) from the Lord. So I take heart, I am encouraged because of “John 16:33) These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace, In the world ye shall have tribulation (suffering caused by trouble): but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” “Not only be of good comfort, but be of good courage; have a good heart on it, all shall be well.’’ Note, In the midst of the tribulations of this world it is the duty and interest of Christ’s disciples (Believers) to be of good cheer, to keep up their delight in God whatever is pressing, and their hope in God whatever is threatening; as sorrowful indeed, in compliance with the temper of the climate, and yet always rejoicing, always cheerful (2 Co. 6:10 ), even in tribulation, Rom. 5:3 . Matthew Henry.
And “Matthew 11:28) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29) Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I Am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30) For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
It is rather to be understood the burden of sin, both the guilt and the power of it. Note, All those, and those only, are invited to rest in Christ, that are sensible of sin as a burden, and groan under it; that are not only convinced of the evil of sin, of their own sin, but are contrite in soul for it; that are really sick of their sins, weary of the service of the world and of the flesh; that see their state sad and dangerous by reason of sin, and are in pain and fear about it. This is a necessary preparative for pardon and peace. The invitation itself: Come unto Me. That glorious display of Christ’s greatness which we had (v. 27), as Lord of all, might frighten us from Him, but see here how He holds out the golden scepter, that we may touch the top of it and may live. Note, It is the duty and interest of weary and heavy laden sinners to come to Jesus Christ. Renouncing all those things which stand in opposition to Him, or in competition with Him, we must accept of Him, as our Physician and Advocate, and give up ourselves to His conduct and government; freely willing to be saved by Him, in His own way, and upon His own terms. Come and cast that burden upon Him, under which thou art heavy laden. This is the gospel call, The Spirit saith, Come; and the bride (Church) saith, Come; let him that is athirst come; Whoever will, let him come. [3.] The blessing promised to those that do come: I will give you rest. Christ is our Noah, whose name signifies rest, for this same shall give us rest. Truly rest is good, especially to those that labour and are heavy laden. Note, Jesus Christ will give assured rest to those weary souls, that by a lively faith come to Him for it; rest from the terror of sin, in a well-grounded peace of conscience; rest from the power of sin, in a regular order of the soul, and its due government of itself; a rest in God, and a complacency of soul, in His love. Ps. 11:6, Ps. 11:7 . Take My yoke upon you. This must go along with the former, for Christ is exalted to be both a Prince and a Saviour, a Priest upon His throne. The rest He promises is a release from the drudgery of sin, not from the service of God, but an obligation to the duty we owe to Him. Note, Christ has a yoke for our necks, as well as a crown for our heads, and this yoke He expects we should take upon us and draw in. To call those who are weary and heavy laden, to take a yoke upon them, looks like adding affliction to the afflicted; but the pertinence of it lies in the word My: “You are under a yoke which makes you weary: shake that off and try Mine, which will make you easy.’’ Servants are said to be under the yoke (1 Tim. 6:1 ), and subjects, 1 Ki. 12:10 . To take Christ’s yoke upon us, is to put ourselves into the relation to servants and subjects to Him, and then to conduct ourselves accordingly, in a conscientious obedience to all His commands, and a cheerful submission to all His disposals: it is to obey the Gospel of Christ, to yield ourselves to the Lord: it is Christ’s Yoke; the Yoke He has appointed; a Yoke He has Himself drawn in before us, for He learned obedience, and which He does by His Spirit draw in with us, for He helpeth our infirmities, Rom. 8:26 . A yoke speaks some hardship, but if the beast must draw, the yoke helps him. Christ’s commands are all in our favour: we must take this yoke upon us to draw in it. We are yoked to work, and therefore must be diligent; we are yoked to submit, and therefore must be humble and patient: we are yoked together with our fellow-servants, and therefore must keep up the communion of saints:(v. 30). My yoke is easy and My burden is light; you need not be afraid of it.[1.] The yoke of Christ’s commands is an easy yoke; not only easy, but gracious, so the word signifies; it is sweet and pleasant; there is nothing in it to gall the yielding neck, nothing to hurt us, but, on the contrary, must to refresh us. It is a yoke that is lined with love.Matthew Henry.
I have learned that my present trial is to teach me to be more humble. Humility: The quality of being without pride. I believe the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I am too prideful; too much self esteem and self satisfaction and I don’t disagree. There are other things but I’m sure pride is the foremost. I pray that I not fail the test after the struggle to learn it. Amen.
More to come and God Bless You.