Reflections

How are you responding to Jesus?

A reflection on Matthew 21-23
The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!”
… “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, `Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'” (Matthew 21:9; 23:37-39)

There were so many different responses to Jesus. Amazement, praise, glory, anger, hatred and disbelief. I wonder how have you responded? And more importantly, how are you responding to Jesus today?

He claimed to be the Son of God. He claimed to be the One who could forgive sins, and free those enslaved, and bring eternal life to the dead.

It is not enough to answer that we like Jesus, or that we are fond of Him – if that is all – we may as well be indifferent or opposed. As C. S. Lewis so helpfully put it:

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.

That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher.

He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

How have you responded to Jesus? And more importantly, how are you responding to Jesus today? If He is King and God then He has earned your all, the whole shebang, your everything. How are you responding to Him…

Reflections

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.

A reflection on Psalm 62

1 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.
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Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:1-2; 5-8)

You can probably recall times of great tiredness… maybe a new born baby, maybe night shift work or a time of sleeplessness that left you… well.. very tired…

But there is a restlessness of soul also. It was St Augustine who said: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”

Here the Psalmist says that he finds rest in God alone, his salvation comes from Him. Later he says ‘find rest, o my soul, in God alone’ – I love the interaction he has with his own soul. Find rest my soul! Find your rest in God!

The problem is that we look for rest and satisfaction in all the wrong places… in work, in money, in possessions, even in people but they can never give us what only God can – rest for our souls.

He gives us this rest in Jesus – who is our Eternal Rest. Those who put their souls hope in Him will find a Rock, a Fortress, a Refuge that will never fail them. A God who we can as the Psalmist says “pour out our hearts to”.

This God is One Whom His people can trust, and never be shaken. Suffering will come, hardships… yes… but even  death itself will only bring God’s people entry into His everlasting joy and rest.

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.