The book of Hebrews opens with remarkable declaration of who Jesus is and what he does: “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high...” —Hebrews 1:3
The letter shows the superiority of Jesus; it is an exhortation and encouragement to endure and stay faithful to Jesus.
And yet the reality is that we all struggle to pay attention to the message of Christ. This is in part because the world we live in is not neutral. We find ourselves living in a contested space where we are constantly challenged by messages contrary to the gospel.
The bad news is that, left on our own, we all drift from the gospel. The good news is that Jesus died for gospel-drifting people like you and me. And, as our great high priest who is able to sympathize with us in our weakness, he is praying for you — right this second — that you would continue in his life-giving gospel.
The book of Psalms has been referred to as "The Hymnbook of the Old Testament", a collection of songs to be sung by God's people in response to His goodness, glory, and grace — most surely revealed in the face of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to put a song in the mouths of God's people.
We sing psalms of praise to Him as our Savior and King. We sing psalms of lament to Him as our High Priest and Advocate. We sing psalms of thanksgiving to Him for who He is and what He’s done for us. We sing psalms of remembrance to Him as we survey all of redemptive history which finds its fulfillment in Him. We sing psalms of confidence to Him because He is trustworthy. And, we sing psalms of wisdom to Him because He is wisdom personified and the source of wisdom.
My prayer is that the series entitled Advancing in Joy, a journey through the book of Philippians, would result in a gospel-fueled joy that shaped every aspect of our lives.
- A gospel fueled-joy that transforms our relationships into gospel partnerships.
- A gospel-fueled joy that transforms our suffering into advancing the gospel.
- A gospel-fueled joy that compelled us to serve each other.
- A gospel fueled joy that caused us to radically believe that, "I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord."