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“Forsaken” Charles Horne and Julius Bewer, The Bible and Its Story, Volume 10 (New York, NY: Francis R. Niglutsch, 1910).

What about Jesus?

But what about the Christian? Admittedly I have spoken here mostly about Israel and Israel’s election as God’s people and Israel’s responsiveness in love to God.

But what does this have to do with the church?

Additionally, how has Christ changed things?

Well as you may already recognize, what we have learned about the nature of history and our response to it is in many ways identical in the New Covenant Era.

For example. Just like Moses’s audience who were not actually at Sinai, we were not at Calvary, nor have we ever seen Jesus.

But what does Jesus tell his apostles in John 20:29

“Blessed are those who believe and have not seen” (John 20:29)

The apostles saw the Lord and they saw the risen Lord. They believed on the basis of what their eyes saw. But we do not yet have that joy. But one day we will.

No, our response to Christ is on the basis of what He did for us. Based upon the testimony that the apostles have given and is written for us.

And yet, there is also a sense in which, through their testimony, and through worship, prayer, and meditation, we can ascend that hill called Calvary.

We can take that journey with Christ. We can take up our crosses alongside Him.

For our life is hidden with Christ.

“Blessed are those who believe and have not seen” (John 20:29)

Like the Israelite, who’s cultural identity places him with those who stood at Sinai, our identity is united with Christ Himself.

For we have been…

  • Crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)
  • Buried with Christ (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12)
  • Raised with Christ (Romans 6:4; Ephesians 2:5–6; Colossians 3:1)
  • We live in Christ (Galatians 2:20)
  • Seated in the heavenlies with Christ (Ephesians 2:4–6)

You see beloved, the past does far more than instruct us on what has happened in days gone by.

It tells us who we are.

You see, when our children and grand-children ask us why we do what we do, why we live the way we live, why we work hard, or confess our sins to one another, or visit friends in need, the answer does not come from within ourselves. It is not because we are nice people or because it is just the polite thing to do, or because it is our habit to live in such a way.

The answer comes from outside of us. The answer is that Christ has done amazing, remarkable (and I mean things worth talking about, things worth meditating upon) for His people. We then invite our children, grand-children, family, friends, everyone to become a part of His people. We invite them to identify with those who are recipients of and respondents to the great mercy of God.

You see, the past, not only tells us who we are, but it is the basis of our response in faith to the Lord.

What has the Lord done for us?

Not only has he come to live as an example for us, but he supremely came to reconcile us to God on the cross and secure our eternal security on Easter Sunday.

I dare say, that this is not new knowledge.

But let us not forget. Let us make it fresh in our minds. Let us go to Calvary and see Him there.

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