Thank you everyone who has been praying for my mom/our family and please continue to do so as her appointment is nearing. I am hoping to get out of work in time to go with her to Duke. Thankful for our unswerving hope that we have in Christ.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.”
(1 Peter 1:3-9)
This weekend, Lauren came to surprise the family (I knew she was coming, but no one else had any idea). It was so sweet of her and I know my mom was thrilled she was here. Lauren just has one more week till she’s home for a little bit then headed back to Boone for 5 weeks for summer classes. It was really nice to have a bit of distraction this weekend. We spent all of Saturday running errands and hanging out at my town home…Lauren has named it “the nook.” It’s empty right now while it’s being painted and awaiting my furniture delivery next week.
In exciting news, MORGAN IS BACK!!! I am so excited she is home from China! I went with a group of dear friends last night to greet her at the airport upon arrival (with a Gigi’s cupcake of course :)) and then today we all had a wonderful time at her welcome home party. I loved getting to hear stories and just be with her!
Saturday night, we went to Summit and JD started his new series on Hebrews. Today, Pastor Davey was back in the pulpit!! It was so great to have him preaching again; we continued in Titus. Pastor Aaron continued in the book of John this morning. I am learning that Chris is the best of all of His blessings; the greatest possession, the greatest treasure is Him. That brings me great comfort and joy because Jesus truly is better and He is enough. I get discouraged by “what ifs” for the future and by “regrets” in the past and even moments in the present that I struggle deeply; but I am so very thankful for the never-changing faithfulness, goodness, love, sovereignty, and character of God that was a perfect and exact imprint or His nature. Before I go, I am just going to give this one quote about the greatness, supremacy, superiority of Christ and how the Bible is really all about Him:
Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us.
Jesus is the true and better Abel who, though innocently slain, has blood now that cries out, not for our condemnation, but for acquittal.
Jesus is the true and better Abraham who answered the call of God to leave all the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void not knowing wither he went to create a new people of God.
Jesus is the true and better Isaac who was not just offered up by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us. And when God said to Abraham, “Now I know you love me because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love from me,” now we can look at God taking his son up the mountain and sacrificing him and say, “Now we know that you love us because you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love from us.”
Jesus is the true and better Jacob who wrestled and took the blow of justice we deserved, so we, like Jacob, only receive the wounds of grace to wake us up and discipline us.
Jesus is the true and better Joseph who, at the right hand of the king, forgives those who betrayed and sold him and uses his new power to save them.
Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant.
Jesus is the true and better Rock of Moses who, struck with the rod of God’s justice, now gives us water in the desert.
Jesus is the true and better Job, the truly innocent sufferer, who then intercedes for and saves his stupid friends.
Jesus is the true and better David whose victory becomes his people’s victory, though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves.
Jesus is the true and better Esther who didn’t just risk leaving an earthly palace but lost the ultimate and heavenly one, who didn’t just risk his life, but gave his life to save his people.
Jesus is the true and better Jonah who was cast out into the storm so that we could be brought in.
Jesus is the real Rock of Moses, the real Passover Lamb, innocent, perfect, helpless, slain so the angel of death will pass over us. He’s the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the true lamb, the true light, the true bread.
The Bible’s really not about you – it’s about him.