The Glory of God in the Lifted Up Christ (Part One)

Sunday’s message from John 12:27-33 is now on the web. You can listen to the audio here.

I summarized the first three points of the passage this way:

The glory of God went on stunning display in the lifted up Christ, in the passion of His suffering, the prayer of His heart, and the pleasure of His Father to glorify His name. The last two points – in the profit of His crowd and the purpose of His death – will have to wait until next time. Can you remain unmoved by the passion and prayer of Jesus crowned by the Father’s pleasure? Though agonized by the prospect and tempted to abort, yet He kept His appointment with the hour. Believe in the One whom the Father so relentlessly and continuously glorifies, the lifted up Son, Jesus the Christ.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift that buoys us through temptation with His unlimited resources as our great High Priest and in and through whom we enjoy the Father’s delight and pleasure.

Day Off (Sort Of) Good Word

It’s Friday again.

I’m looking forward to preaching from 2 Cor. 8:9, what I call the Great Riches Exchange, tonight for our Christmas Eve service.

This quarter’s edition of Free Grace Broadcaster focuses on the believer’s union with Christ.

A. W. Pink (1886-1952), in the first essay of the edition called Surpassingly Wonderful Union, observed:

The union between Christ and His Church is so real, so vital, so intimate that God has never viewed the one apart from the other. There is such an indissoluble oneness between the Redeemer and the redeemed, such an absolute identification of interest between them, that the Father of mercies never saw them apart. He never saw Christ as “Christ” without seeing His mystical Body; He never saw the Church apart from its Head. Therefore, the Holy Spirit has delighted to emphasize this wondrous and glorious fact in many Scriptures. In connection with Christ’s birth we read, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same” (Heb 2:14)…We are told that when the Savior was nailed to the tree “our old man was crucified with him” (Rom 6:6). We are told that when He expired at Calvary “if One died for all, then all died” (2Co 5:14). We are told that when He was revived, we were “quickened together with Christ” (Eph 2:5). He did not rise again as a single and private person, but as the Head of His Church: “If ye then be risen with Christ” (Col 3:1). Nor is that all: in Ephesians 2:6, we are told, “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” O how surpassingly wonderful is the Christian’s oneness with Christ!

May God give us eyes to see the surpassingly wonderful privilege of being “in Christ!”