Saturday Reflection – 01 February 2020
“Christ Jesus became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30
Wonderful, Wonderful, Jesus is to me,
Counsellor, Prince of Peace, Mighty God is he,
Saving me, keeping me, from all sin and shame,
Wonderful is my Redeemer, Praise his name!
As Paul writes his first letter to the Corinthian Church, he brings to us, by today’s doctrinal text, a total understanding and appreciation of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World. Christ is everything to us – in that, he from God, gave us the true way to live, showed us the perfect example, dispensed for us grace and reconciled us to God, and we now have new life in him.
Paul’s writing in 1 Corinthians 1 centers around the problems that arise in the Church and in the latter part of the text (vs 18-31) after speaking to divisions in the church, now considers the importance of Christ as the center of our faith. We declare Christ to be the Lord and Master of our lives. That declaration comes from an understanding that he is the potter and we are the clay. That he is in charge of us and we surrender all to him.
This is important even so, that Paul writes to the church, to discredit our limited human wisdom and wavering human strength that we many times depend on, entrust our lives or consider of utmost importance. The danger then not only comes from our reliance on human standards, but also a departure from the spirituality of our relationship and service to God. In this construct, we are reminded that Christ is the source of all things and the giver of all things and everything else is meaningless.
The text reminds us, that even the experience that led us Christ was divine, our interpretation of his love, presence, sacrifice and our response to it comes from God and not of own effort. When Peter declared Christ to be the Messiah, Jesus’ response to him highlights the fact that flesh and blood did not reveal it to him, but our Father in heaven. Our construct of worship and service should always be that we are led by Holy Spirit and that we follow in obedience. Truly Christ is the light of the world and in following him we will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.
Christ is everything to us – our Lord, friend, brother and Saviour. By him, we understand the true nature of God. And if we truly consider it, we will find that everything about Christ was special and teaches us something. It is for us to draw on these experiences and lessons as we live as his children. Let our worship become our lifestyle as we worship in spirit and in truth and let us always strive to seek the will of God and do it – and in doing, give of our best. In him, is all truth and is life eternal. Let Go by Let God, through Christ Jesus, save us, fill us and lead us to eternal life.
Until next week, let us discern the Holy Spirit as we seek the Christ who taught and showed us the way to live and who reconciled us to God. And may we in this new relationship with God experience the true wisdom and strength, the solid joy and lasting treasure poured out to us in his amazing grace and unending love.
Dominic J. Blair