– Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
– Assuredly I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM. (John 8:58)
One day, Jesus goes up onto a mountain and prays all night. In the morning, He chooses Twelve men from among His followers, and calls them to be His official leaders and representatives (apostles) in His mission to preach the Kingdom of God. Then, He comes down from the mountain, where a huge crowd of people came to be healed by Jesus and hear His word. After Jesus heals them all, He turns to His disciples and starts teaching them what life in His Kingdom looks like, the Sermon on the Plain. He finishes it off by saying this: whoever comes to him, hears His word, and does it is building their life on Him, the Rock, the Firm Foundation. Only those people can withstand the storms that come, and not be shaken.
What Jesus is doing here is establishing the Kingdom. He called and appointed Twelve leaders for it (like the twelve tribes, a reference to the Kingdom being the new and true Israel), demonstrated and brought the Kingdom into people’s lives by healing and reversing the damage done by sin and evil, and taught what the Kingdom looks like! At the end, He tells everyone that when we live under God’s rule by obeying King Jesus and His Word, we are firmly established and rooted against the attacks that come from Satan’s kingdom. In other words, we resist and overcome the attacks of the enemy when we make Jesus Christ our Foundation and Source!
The storms can take different forms too: guilt and shame, temptation, hard times, discouragement, doubt, etc. All of these things and more are all too familiar to us, and threaten to shake us until our house crumbles. But Jesus Christ, the Eternal and Unchanging Son of God, tells us to make Him our Foundation. Because He never changes, He is the only rock-solid and trustworthy ground upon which we can find our identity, withstand the storms of this life, and be joyful always. For me, this looks like choosing joy and praise instead of guilt and shame when I mess up and sin, because I know for sure where my redemption and victory are found: in the crucified and risen Son of God who died in my place and rose again! It looks like resisting temptation and sin by reminding myself that He who knew no sin became my sin so that I could become His righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21). That Truth is my foundation, where my roots are, what I’m built on.
- What does this look like for you? Are your roots planted firmly in Jesus Christ and His eternal, unchanging Truth? Is your life built on the foundation of the Gospel, and on God’s Word? Choose today to make Jesus, the Eternal and Unchanging One, the One you stand on; be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer. When the attacks of Satan come, in whatever form they might take, be firm and rooted in Christ, not shaken or moved by them. Find your peace and joy in the never-changing Truth of your salvation and victory in Jesus, and seek His Kingdom first!
As you therefore have received Jesus Christ 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)