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It’s Time for a Funeral

It’s Time for a Funeral

January 16

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”- (Gal 2:20).

“There’s nothing wrong with you that a good funeral won’t solve,” I said to the woman. “I’ll even send you flowers!” She smiled in response. I was speaking figuratively to the woman who was stressing out about an issue in her life.

Her problem was the same problem most of us have – too much of “us” and not enough of Jesus and the cross. Many of the daily problems in life can be solved by coming to an end of ourselves so Jesus can take over. I believe this is what the psalmist meant when he said: “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Ps 116:15).

The apostle Paul recognized the need for a funeral too when he penned these words: “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Rom 6:1-4).

Whenever we stress over a matter, get angry over a daily circumstance, or seek to have our own way – it is a sign there is still life in the grave. We need to fill it with dirt and smother the life of our flesh so that Christ may live freely, unhindered by the “old” man. Send yourself some flowers today. Have a good funeral.

via Today God is First Daily Devotional, Os Hillman, Work, Christian Business Leaders

No Cross without a Crown

January 16
No Cross without a Crown
For reading & meditation: Ephesians 4:1-16
“He … ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.” (v. 10)
In his autobiography, A King’s Story, the Duke of Windsor told of a strange thing that happened at the funeral of his father, King George V. He described how, as his father’s body was being conveyed on a draped gun carriage through the crowded streets of London, a mishap occurred which only those closest to the scene witnessed. The imperial crown, removed from the Tower of London, had been placed over the Royal Standard and secured to the lid of the coffin. However, the jolting of the vehicle caused the Maltese Cross, which surmounts the crown, to fall. “Suddenly,” said the Duke, “out of the corner of my eye, I caught a flash of light dancing along the pavement. One of the sailors, marching behind the gun carriage, picked it up, took it to his commanding officer, and said, ‘This cross fell off, Sir. It must be replaced.’ The officer was a little bewildered by the untoward happening and said: ‘Must it be replaced now?’ ‘Yes Sir,’ replied the sailor, ‘The crown is never complete without the cross.’ ” In Christian terms the converse is also true – the cross is not complete without the crown. The ascension inevitably followed the atonement; the coronation the crucifixion. One writer says: “One senses a certain embarrassment in some ministers where the subject of the ascension is concerned. They tend to shy clear of the topic or dismiss it lightly as no more than a graphic myth or triumphalist parable.” But if there had been no ascension there would be no gospel. The cross would not be complete without the crown.

Prayer:
O Father, how can I ever sufficiently thank You that the work of salvation is complete. Nothing more needs to be done than has been done. Your Coronation spells it out in the clearest of terms. I am so deeply, deeply grateful. Amen.

For further study:
Hebrews 1:1-9; Luke 22:69; Colossians 1:18
1. What did God the Father say about the Son?
2. What did God the Father say to the Son?

via Everyday Light Daily Devotional from Selwyn Hughes, Christian Bible Devotions