Lifelines March 15, 2020

Priorities.  We determine them every day.  First things first.  God has His list, as well, and it provides heavenly wisdom for our earthly lives.  Without them, we will spin our wheels and spend our time on the irrelevant rather than the important.  “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).”  Sadly, “these things” often replace our pursuit of His things, and the world claims another victim.

Fret will consume us when our list of priorities is upside down.  Nature itself teaches us of the provisions of the Lord.  Birds don’t punch a time clock, but they eat.  Flowers don’t spend time at the sewing machine, but they are beautifully attired.  Besides, what does worry accomplish?  It changes nothing.  It is a worthless expenditure of time and energy, so don’t do it.  Those are the words of the Son of God, and He should know.  Depend on our Father.  He will take care of us.

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received…(1 Corinthians 15:3-4).”  The source is significant.  It did not begin with Paul, nor did it come from a collection of men gathered in a room in Jerusalem.  It came directly from the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:12).  As we develop our individual lists of what merits our immediate attention, the word of the Lord is the place to begin.  Any other source will send us in the wrong direction.

“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…” The cross was not an unexpected uprising by angry sinners.  God planned it from antiquity.  He foresaw the devastation of sin and made provision to deal with it.  It wrecked paradise, and it has been a destructive force ever since.  The demands of a holy God were met through the sacrificial blood of His holy Son.  Any other life was inadequate to pay the ultimate price for our sins.  Jesus did what we could not. 

“and that He was buried.”  He was dead.  No heartbeat.  No brainwaves.  Nothing.  The attempts of the opposition seemed to have succeeded.  Plans to kill Jesus had been growing in intensity.  Hatred boiled over.  It came from all sides and every segment of society.  Mob mentality carried the day.  He was beaten, spit upon, mocked, crowned and ultimately nailed to a cross.  Finally, it was finished.  His holy heart stopped, and they put Him in the ground…dead.

“and He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures.”  Biographies always end at death, but not this one.  God flexed His omnipotent muscles and the Son of Man came back to life, and lives to this day at the right hand of His Father.  He is there on the behalf of believers, pleading our case.  Resurrection gives us a living hope, and that’s forever. 

Clearly, we are God’s priority.  Is He ours?