"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: October 20

“At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hundred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat … For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day” ~ Matthew 12:1,8

My [Eugenia Price, the author] heart can only sing as I picture Jesus standing there beside that cornfield with His disciples munching a handful of corn and the haughty Pharisees confronting Him with their “sin” of breaking the Sabbath!

My heart sings every time I think of the authority of God in the voice of Jesus throwing those poor old legalistic “religiosos” into more fits of frantic garment-rending. My heart sings because what He was saying to them, did not only cut them down to size, it gave them a way to be lifted up too.

He stood there, with the power of the simplicity of His singular place as the Son of God and of Man and showed His love for us: “For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” If we are His, nothing possesses us. We possess all things. Even the Sabbath. “And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27.

This shows me His love for me. This shows me His love for you. This shows me that He did come to show us a “better way.”

Jesus came being more fully “God’s explanation” of all things. And He came particularly to show us God’s great Creator regard for His creations. The dignity of man will save no-one. But anyone can be saved if he opens himself to seeing to what extent God regards this human dignity He, Himself placed in us. Any man can be saved if He looks at Jesus and believes what God is saying in Him. And seeing God’s regard for us above religious practices and holy days, we begin to see His Heart. And seeing His heart, we begin to long to be close to that heart. We come first with God. Calvary proves this, and a longer, more honest look at Calvary causes us to stop resisting and let Him come first with us.

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

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