[This monkey is now 38-years old and bears the title “my youngest!”]
So, I’m reading the Bible through this year, chronologically, and I am somewhere in Leviticus. Have you ever?
If you want to fully understand the work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross, then I encourage you to read Exodus and Leviticus. O! The blood. So much blood. So much animal sacrifice. So much work for the priests. I’m not sure they were even able to get any sleep. And, the RULES. Every sacrifice, every penance had a certain type of ritual. How did the priests remember it all?
When Jesus, God’s only Son, died on that old wooden cross, He put an end to the need for a sacrifice because He became for us, the sacrificial Lamb. I’ve never seen it so clearly as I see that now. He came to fulfill and complete the Law and Laws given to Moses. Jesus came and…
Turned everything upside-down and inside-out!
Our Sacrificial Lamb said some really radical words. Let’s discover a few together:
He who finds His life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 10.39
You shall be hated by all for My name’s sake; but not a hair of your head shall be lost. Luke 21.17-18
And, whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? John 11.26
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first. Mark 10.31
Now that just doesn’t equate.
Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…Matthew 5.44-45
You can’t be serious?
Those words of red don’t make a lick of sense, do they?
They are upside-down and inside-out!
But because Jesus knew exactly what He was saying is WHY we can now live like this:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out (& upside-down). Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12.1-2 (The Message)
Letting HIM change us from the inside-out so we can live and help turn this world upside-down…