…”Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. … everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made…You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession… But Christ was faithful as a Son over his household. And we are that household if we hold on to our confidence and the hope in which we boast.
He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even to death on a cross–“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”
For the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said: “You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence.”
For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.
I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Is. 43:1, 7, 10-11 ESV; Heb. 3:1,6 CSB; Phil. 2:8 CSB; Mk. 8:34 NASB; Is. 30:15 CSB; Phil.2:13 HCSB; Gal.2:20 CSB
Quiet Confidence–while walking to His death, while serving, serving, serving all along the way–laying down His life even before He gave Himself up to the Cross. I am SO impressed with Jesus, with the way He lived His short life in such an unhurried, undistracted, purposeful way.
I want to be like that.
He was unhurried by the urgings of others and undeterred by their insults and threats. He was not distracted, discouraged, impatient or intimidated. He merely walked on by the Spirit, in the knowledge of who He was and what the Father was calling Him to do at any given moment. Though He was a misfit in our world and was scorned, doubted, debated and sometimes adored, none of it ruffled His sense of quiet confidence.
I want to be like Him, hearing a Voice in my ear when I turn to the right or the left, “This is the way. Walk in it.” I am trusting that as I spend time looking at Him in the Word and considering His Words as they pertain to me (!), that He will do for me what I cannot do for myself–grant me a life lived in quiet confidence in the One who loved me and gave Himself for me.
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“Therefore, holy brothers and companions in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession– “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Is.30:21; Heb.3:1 HCSB; Ps.37:4 ESV