My friend, may I ask you a question? If everything rests on top of the foundation and a failing foundation puts the rest of a house in jeopardy, is the same applicable for our faith?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Calling on my limited but marginally talented ability to do home remodeling, I have been asked from time to time to look at a building and give my opinion of its condition. A number of years ago one of my daughters was looking at purchasing an older home. From the outside it appeared sturdy and well built. Being around a hundred years old, the building techniques used were basic. As I toured the inside of the house I scanned the cracks in the plaster, a loose floorboard here and there, and the usual things you would find in a house that’s been through one hundred cold winters and one hundred humid summers. Overall it looked like a minimal fixer-upper, exactly what my daughter wanted to hear. However, I reserved my final judgment for a look at the basement. As I ascended down the narrow passageway down the old wooden steps I began to see problems. Foundational cracks, wet floors, and most concerning, a few floor joists that had seen better days. The basement rounded out a decision that perhaps the house was more of a fixer-upper than it first appeared.
When examining an old home the focus of any appraisal is dependent on the foundation of the house. Everything rest on top of the foundation and a failing foundation puts the rest of the house in jeopardy if it has critical flaws that might not be readily repairable. The keynote of appraisal always rests on the foundation and not on the structure above.
Oswald Chambers writes: “Paul lived in the basement . . .(as his) consistency was down in the fundamentals. The great basis of his coherence was the agony of God in the Redemption of the world, viz., the Cross of Jesus Christ. Re-state to yourself what you believe, then do away with as much of it as possible, and get back to the bedrock of the Cross of Christ. In external history the Cross is an infinitesimal thing; from the Bible point of view it is of more importance than all the empires of the world. If we get away from brooding on the tragedy of God upon the Cross in our preaching, it produces nothing. It does not convey the energy of God to man; it may be interesting but it has no power. But preach the Cross, and the energy of God is let loose. ‘It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe….We preach Christ crucified.’”
The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians. “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”(Galatians 6:24) The keynote of Scriptures is Jesus Christ crucified. Everything else rests on that; the entire foundation of Scripture, Old and New Testament, are underpinned by this one fact: Jesus Christ crucified. Take away this and there's no purpose or reason for being a Christian. You could attend temple or mosque and God would be guaranteed to be the same. In the syncretic world we live in today where all that matters is that we believe in a God without care for who that god is, this destroys the premise completely. It really doesn’t matter who God is as long as we have one? Examine any religion other than Christianity and your effort is wasted since the foundation of what it teaches rests on a seriously flawed foundation, just like that house my daughter was looking at. Without the foundation of Jesus Christ crucified, the keynote of believing, there’s no need to believe in anything.
We pray. Heavenly Father, the energy of believing rests upon the foundation of knowing and believing in Jesus Christ crucified. Yet, we are often tempted in this world of many beliefs to be soft on how energetically we need to believe in this one fact. Forgive us Lord when we fail to focus alone on the cross of Christ, the keynote of how and what to believe. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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