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Jason Peevy | John 12:34-50, Haggai 2:1-23
Our Father is the creator of all and this includes both logic and purpose. To say that Christ on the cross is a purposeful and logical action by God obviously comes nowhere close to fully capturing everything the crucifixion involved, but there purpose and logic were both present.
God is holy. An existence where He is not would be a chaos I care not to think about. That existence would involve no repercussion for our rebellion against Him. Such an equation is difficult to fathom because we were born into His world and justice is inherent to the way we think. In fact, words like “holy” and “justice” are simply words we were given to describe the essence of who He is. This is important to remember that when we as the created start trying to define justice for the Creator.
But in the face of that rebellion, God established a purpose, and that purpose was to rescue his children. Sometimes I wonder, “Why can’t He just hit the reset button and pretend like none of this sin stuff ever happened?” But the very definition of this would be chaos because it wouldn’t be the creation of the Father we know.
When your car breaks down, you don’t ask that it quit being a car. That solution is obviously not only impossible but it isn’t a solution at all–it defies the car’s purpose and defies the existence of what the car is. No, you get a mechanic to fix it, to restore it to its original purpose.
Christ as mechanic? Well, not an apples to apples analogy. Fixing the car is formulaic. Christ on the cross is majestic. But there is a clear sense of purpose in Christ’s words. He did not come to judge but to save and to restore. The Father not only is the one who judges but justice is the very essence of who He is.
So is love. And through this love, our Father had a purpose–to rescue his children from their own wish to live in the torment and chaos that is a life without Him. Our Father fulfilled this purpose when he gave His own Son a commandment, one that Jesus willingly accepted.
Asking our Father to be different than who He is in the wake of The Fall is not only a horrific thought, but a logical impossibility. Christ’s role is clear and he says it–he is here to fulfill the purpose of our Father in the wake of that Fall. That purpose is the single most gracious and loving initiative in the history of creation. And Christ’s very being is the embodiment of that purpose.
Let us rejoice and repent.
John 12:34-50 | God gives eternal life
So the crowd answered him, "We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?" 35 So Jesus said to them, "The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?" 39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said, 40 "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them." 41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. 42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. 44 And Jesus cried out and said, "Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment--what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me."
Haggai 2:1-23 | God promises future blessings
In the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, 2 "Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people, and say, 3 'Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not as nothing in your eyes? 4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the LORD. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the LORD. Work, for I am with you, declares the LORD of hosts, 5 according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not. 6 For thus says the LORD of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. 7 And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the LORD of hosts. 9 The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the LORD of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the LORD of hosts.'" 10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, 11 "Thus says the LORD of hosts: Ask the priests about the law: 12 'If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment and touches with his fold bread or stew or wine or oil or any kind of food, does it become holy?'" The priests answered and said, "No." 13 Then Haggai said, "If someone who is unclean by contact with a dead body touches any of these, does it become unclean?" The priests answered and said, "It does become unclean." 14 Then Haggai answered and said, "So is it with this people, and with this nation before me, declares the LORD, and so with every work of their hands. And what they offer there is unclean. 15 Now then, consider from this day onward. Before stone was placed upon stone in the temple of the LORD, 16 how did you fare? When one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were but ten. When one came to the wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were but twenty. 17 I struck you and all the products of your toil with blight and with mildew and with hail, yet you did not turn to me, declares the LORD. 18 Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the LORD's temple was laid, consider: 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on I will bless you. 20 The word of the LORD came a second time to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, 21 "Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, 22 and to overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I am about to destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations, and overthrow the chariots and their riders. And the horses and their riders shall go down, every one by the sword of his brother. 23 On that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel, declares the LORD, and make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, declares the LORD of hosts."