Perusal* – Spring 2012, Reflections on Dependence…

(* perusal; to examine or consider with attention and in detail) 

2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who know no sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God.” 

A few days ago I returned from a very long journey to South Africa.  The travel took better than 24 hours on jet planes and two donkeys to the hotel (that’s a prevarication, not true….but it did take a very long time to arrive at the destination)!  Today’s modern modes of travel are taken for granted.  It requires the harmony of complex mechanisms – aircraft with mechanics and electronics in concert with software that digitally moves within the framework of computers.  But all of the marvels of technology are useless without a human crew.  And we depend upon those skilled with the craft of understanding the piloting of airplanes to transport us from point A to point B.  I am grateful for these men and women that perform their duties behind the scenes without promotion.  Thousands every year depend upon their dedication for most of us cannot fly the plane independently. 

The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ did not occur until he suffered and died an ignominious death on the Cross. He had repeatedly reminded his disciples of his date with crucifixion.  They were ignorant of his prophecy until they deserted him and watched his murder from afar.  We too have deserted him.  “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  Isaiah wrote these beautiful, haunting words almost 3000 years ago.  They are as true today as then.   

We are dependent individuals that pride ourselves on a false image of independence.  Left to do our own thing we will certainly chose to desert the Savior that loves us and demands repentance and complete submission.  The resurrection made this ever so clear – God crowned His Son with the spirit of holiness because He was made sin for us.  This crown was earned by obedience and due to Him because of his heritage.  He alone wears both crowns – the stephanos, or earned crown and the diadem, given because he is God’s Son.

Our insatiable cry for rights and freedoms will, if not humbled by the Holy Spirit, doom us and eventually damn us.  God did create us as free moral agents but scripture reminds us often that we have gone astray. We have all sought our own way and are far from God.  Little wonder there is so much hurt in this world, often of our own making.   

God demands righteousness in us and thankfully the Lord Jesus provides this righteousness. We are dependent on His work, His will, His worship to become the righteousness of God.  Jesus gave himself for our sakes.  He did this unreservedly in love, pitying sinners in mercy and crowning them with the marvel of grace.  Yes, we are dependent and should declare this dependence upon the person of the Redeemer, resurrected to become our Mediator! 

Hallelujah, what a Savior! 

Sola Deo Gloria! Pastor Carey