Meditating on Christ, to me, is like envisioning the sun on a cloudy day. There’s rainfall with thick clouds that make the day look like night. Yet such gloomy days remind me of the day Jesus and his disciples were caught up in a storm. Jesus was asleep in a storm. But as one local musician said, “How can a storm drown a vessel that carries Christ?”
We are called to be living temples, the temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). As such, we carry within us the Spirit of Christ. Christ is within this vessel, or as Paul said, you have clothed yourselves with Christ (Galatians 3:26).
If this is so, will the storms overwhelm us?
No! For in all things we are more than conquerors, through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37).
Here are five powerful scriptures about Jesus Christ, the pioneer, and the perfecter of our faith. Kindly meditate on them, and let them power up your faith as we forge ahead through these challenging times.
Scripture 1: The Evidence is Christ
God’s call to people from all nations is Jesus Christ. Jesus himself confirmed this when he said, “when the son of man is lifted up, he will draw all men to himself” (John 12:32). Jesus is the Chief cornerstone! The stone that builders refuse. Yet, it is the most valuable stone of them all (Matthew 21:24).
What evidence do we have of Christ? 1 Timothy 3:16 is your answer.
Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on the world, was taken up in glory (1 Timothy 3:16NIV).
2. A High Priest
Jesus Christ is the perfect High Priest for us. This good news is something that most of us understand. We go to church and the priest prays for us. We have an issue, we request the priest to pray for us. Yet, we should not be naïve to the fact that earthly priests can make mistakes.
There are instances in the bible where Christ called some of them ‘blind guides’. God himself rejected human high priests in the old testament (Hosea 4:6). Instead, GOD gave us a gift, and the gift is Christ. Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and man Jesus is our human High Priest without sin.
Meditate on Hebrews 4:14-16
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
3. Abba Father
In Kelly Kabic’s book titled “A Little Book for New Theologians,” the author says praise songs are like the songs that laborers sing while working. I don’t think we sing these days while we work. Most of us put on earphones, and listen to music as we work. But there’s no denying the power of praise in reviving the Spirit when we are sad, exhausted, or anxious.
To me, praise also provokes God to act on our behalf. When Paul and Silas were in prison, they praised God. God shook the prisons free for them.
So no matter what the situation looks like for you, I hope you’ll find the strength to praise God.
Let the words of John 14:18 comfort you.
“I will not leave you orphans, but will come to you.”
4. The Worship of Christ
We must never forget where Christ is. Our faith is revived when we remind ourselves that our King, Jesus Christ, is enthroned. To Him, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that He is LORD (Philippians 2:10).
The Book of Revelations contains scriptures where Christ is worshipped in Heaven. When Christ resurrected, He took His place on the Right-Hand side of GOD, as the King of Creation. Just as God created Adam and gave him the Earth as an Inheritance, we Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the second Adam, as depicted in 1 Corinthians 15:45. Through his life, sacrifice on the cross, death, and resurrection, he redeemed what was lost in sin, back to Himself.
Indeed! Jesus is the King of Kings.
Meditate on the worship of Christ in Heaven, in Revelations 19:6 (Kindly read the entire chapter as well).
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For Our LORD GOD Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad, and give Him glory. For the wedding of the lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean was given her to wear.’ (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people). Revelation 19:6-8
5. Discipline Your Heart to Trust
Jesus calls us to trust in him. Infact, the entire scriptures call for us to trust in him. This trust is not easy, and it takes time for us to build a strong trust in the LORD.
How do we build this trust? By committing ourselves to the study of scriptures, to fellowship with fellow believers and with God’s Spirit.
When calamity hits, we panic similar to the disciples on the night Jesus was arrested. One of them even took off naked (Mark 14:51).
Peter, Jesus’ closest ally denied him three times when Jesus was in trouble.
Yet, the bible warns us about denying Christ in the times when things don’t look good. The scripture says if we deny him now, then he will deny us when he comes back in glory.
So let’s train our hearts to trust in God no matter what comes our way.
Meditate on: 2 Timothy 2:11-13
Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
October is almost over! Let’s remember the poor among us (Galatians 2:10) and let us continue to walk in the light of God through Christ.