Ludlow Baptist Church
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Worship The Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
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Pastor Jerry's Weekly Devotional

Christ's Sacrifice, Meeting Our Greatest Need

In Matthew 6:25, Jesus said, “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

Here Jesus is asking us, “What is of most importance in life?” Isn’t life more important than the basic necessities of life—food and clothing? It’s pretty foolish to be consumed with anxiety fretting over such basic things. And—I should add—it is even more foolish to say, “Of course life is more than food and clothing—it’s about having a nice place to live, owning a reliable car, and having plenty in savings.” That’s the way we as Americans might be tempted to answer Jesus’ question. But no, if life is not about the necessities of life, it is certainly not about the luxuries of life.

What is life about? Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.”

 That is what is most important in life—it is seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Because of Adam’s sin and because of our own sin, all of us will face God’s judgment—a God who will by no means let the guilty go unpunished. But thanks be to God, He promised that One would come who would crush the head of the serpent, who would reign on David’s throne forever, who would put all enemies under his feet, and of the increase of his kingdom and peace there would be no end.  This is far more important than food on our table or clothes on our back.

When Jesus the Son of David died, he died to inaugurate that Kingdom of life. He had a purple robe on his back, a crown of thorns on his head, and a sign proclaiming he was King of the Jews. All of this was done to mock him, but they spoke better than they knew. By dying as a sacrifice for sin, Jesus dealt the decisive blow to the curse, His long-awaited Kingdom of life began, and it will be consummated when he returns.

If you are a believer in Christ, then Rejoice! In Christ, your greatest need has been met:  you are in the Kingdom of Life. And because of that, you are to set your gaze upon it, and live in light of it, everyday.