For four hundred years, the Israelites suffered at the hands of the Egyptians. They were living in the wrong place, under the control of the wrong person, carrying out the wrong purpose. But God did not leave them there. He heard their cries. He elevated one from within their ranks to lead them to freedom.
Moses was that man. He was a Levite but was raised as an Egyptian under the care of Pharaoh’s daughter. At the age of 40, he witnessed a fight between an Egyptian and a Hebrew. Moses killed the Egyptian. When word of this reached Pharaoh, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses escaped and fled to Midian. That’s where God appeared to him in a burning bush.
God revealed his plan to rescue his people. Moses was his man to orchestrate the escape. Moses wasn’t so sure he was the right choice. “’Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ And God said, ‘I will be with you’” (Exodus 3:11-12).
Let’s stop right here for just a moment. The Israelites’ world was about to be rocked. God’s power and presence were about to sever them from the only life they had ever known. Every step they would soon take would be a step into the unknown. Granted, they were sick and tired of Egyptian oppression. They wanted to be free. But to experience freedom, everything had to change.
In a five-word promise, God injects the most powerful motivator of all–hope. God’s power and presence would shape their new world. They would not be alone to fend for themselves. I AM WHO I AM would lead the charge out of slavery and into the Promised Land. He was their hope.
The same is true of you. Paul put it this way: “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Jesus Christ delivered you out of darkness. He set you free by unlocking by unlocking the chains of sin and death that held you captive. He didn’t leave you to figure out this newfound freedom on your own. He came to live inside you. Your hope of living life to the full is anchored to his power and presence in you.
This hope trumps fear. And it silences all those legalistic voices, both the internal and external ones, that say you can’t handle freedom. Christ in you says you can!
Excerpt from Simple Gospel Simply Grace by Bob Christopher. Available at http://simplegospelsimplygrace.com .
Mary and Martha were desperate. Lazarus was close to death. They sent word to Jesus to come quickly. They knew that just a touch or a word from Him would heal their brother.New Is Good!
I like the word “new.” I bet you do too.
It is an exciting word, especially when it is attached to things like cars, a house, or gadgets. Let’s face it. We like “new” things, and we want “new” things. We just have to have the latest and greatest. This desire for “new” has reached a fevered pitch.
"The only way we've can be drawn near to God is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Why do we have feelings that we are distant from God when He has taken up residence in us? "Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul." 1 Peter 2:11 * If salvation is by grace alone, why isn't everyone saved? * Judas Iscariot was one of the disciples chosen by Jesus, but he betrayed him and committed suicide, should we believe that Judas made it to heaven? * So many Christians believe that the lost will suffer throughout eternity in hell. Just imagine it! Time with no end. How absurd. What could it possible accomplish? * Why did it take so long to fully understand God's grace. Was it the Holy Spirit that revealed this to me?All Sermons by Bob Christopher and Bob Davis