Colossians 1:24-2:19; Ezekiel 27-28; Isaiah 54
The saying among Christians is that all the ground at the foot of the cross is level. It seems like a strange saying, especially when we think of the crucifixion happening on a mountain. Nevertheless that statement has a deeper theological truth. It means that everyone comes to Christ the same way. We come to Christ because we recognize that our sin has broken our relationship with God. We come as little children, seeking our Heavenly Father. We come wounded by the weight of our sin, knowing that we need redemption. A new chorus to an old song, Just as I am, says it this way: “I come broken to be mended, I come wounded to be healed. I come desperate to be rescued; I come empty to be filled. I come guilty to be pardoned by the blood of Christ the Lamb; and I’m welcomed with open arms, praise God, just as I am.” Why quote this? Paul reminds us that we are always at that point in our lives: “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7) No matter how much we may grow in our faith, we come to Jesus Christ daily as broken sinners needing redemption. We do grow in our faith. We are victorious in our daily walk. Nevertheless, it all begins with this understanding; this truth still holds true. We are sinners saved by the grace of a loving God. There are those who will claim that they are not sinners or that they aren’t that bad. Jesus spoke to people like that when He said that it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. Our lives are to grow in faith but we can never forget that we are sin-sick sinners who need the grace of the Great Physician to restore us to spiritual health and our relationship with God.
Lord, I need You. Remind me when I think that I am above others that I am a sin-sick person who needs Your grace daily. Help me to remember my roots, but give me the grace and strength to live victoriously in Your power every day.