Friday, January 5, 2018

Worthy Is the Lamb (part 5)

Upon what is your hope built?

 “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” – Revelation 5:12

“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.”

These words, written by Edward Mote (1797-1874), have a profound message in them concerning the strength that Jesus inherited from God.

We often think of strength and power being the same thing, but I want to draw a distinction between them, especially since both power and strength are listed among those attributes which Jesus inherited from His father. The image of Jesus as a solid rock attests to His endurance. It attests to His ability to withstand all things that are directed at Him.

Jesus gave us a wonderful illustration of this concept in the parable of Luke 6:47-49. A wise man digs His foundations deep and sets them in solid rock. When the floods rise and beat against the house, it still stands. A house, which has its foundation in sand, in contrast, will be swept away.

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive… strength…” Jesus endures from everlasting to everlasting. Of what other person or thing can that be said? In what people and things do you place the foundations of your life?

Focus: Build yourself up as a house whose foundation is in Jesus, for when the storms of life hit you, you will need His enduring strength to remain standing.

More: Matthew 13:1-30

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