Day 248 – Christ Alone Cornerstone
On: July 6, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Luke 20:20-22
As absurd as it is outrageous. That is the only way to describe an encounter not dissimilar to Day 244. The leaders of the religious community play a hand of dirty tricks – spying, deceit, collusion, flattery, treachery – to try to protect the status quo and retain their own positions. The only deceiving actually going on, of course, is of themselves. If they had taken the time to think on the ministry of this man, with all the mind stretching teaching and eye popping miracles He had carried out, they would have realised that, even if their shallow ruse worked out, Jesus had already shown He could trump any political authority and overcome any human power.
Maybe this assessment relies on the benefit of hindsight and these men could not, in the heat and pressure of the moment, see these things so clearly. Maybe, maybe not. But you and I, today, can. We have the complete Bible, the analysis and teaching of the church and the revelation of centuries of activity by the Holy Spirit. If we hang onto old ways of doing things, we will be falling straight into the hole that these men did.
What is it that we must accept, that they couldn’t? That Christ is the cornerstone of His church and, as we are the church, He is therefore to be the cornerstone of our lives. It comes back to getting ourselves off the throne of our lives, and placing Him firmly in control. This handover will take a lifetime, but must be addressed day by day.
That’s why I’m enjoying journeying carefully through Luke’s gospel and listening to what I think Jesus wants to show me each day. It’s not a grand gesture of dramatic priority reversal; rather hundreds of step by step adjustments to the way I see things, that will, I trust and pray, change the course of my life and the story it tells to any who may be watching.
My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus blood and righteousness I dare not trust the sweetest frame But wholly trust in Jesus name Christ alone; cornerstone (Words: Reuben Morgan , Edward Mote , Jonas Myrin , Eric Liljero)