Christ Our Life
The movie Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail has a pointed message. The scene is set in Medieval Europe. The black plague has swept through the countryside leaving the majority of the people dead. And we meet one man whose job it is to collect the dead.
But he's a little overzealous in his work. He collects a man who is not dead. And this man reminds him constantly that he is still living by saying "I'm not dead yet". And the collector of the dead tells everyone who sees this to ignore it.
And after the quite alive man reminds him several times that he is indeed still alive, the collector tells him to shut up refusing to see the truth.
As Christians we are living, breathing creatures, filled by the Holy Spirit. Why should we act as if we were still dead? Don't show this world what you were. Show them what you are! In other words we need to "GET A LIFE".
"Your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory" (Colossians 3:3-4).
Read the first four verses of the third chapter of Colossians and contemplate on the wonder of the fact that "Christ is our life!"
This position and possession and protection in Christ ARE provided by God through grace, entirely apart from human effort or merit. We are told three things about this life in Christ:
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory."
I. THE SOURCE OF THIS LIFE.
"YOUR LIFE IS HIDDEN IN GOD"
If this be so, if you were raised with Christ, if you were translated into heaven, what follows? Why, you must realize the change" (Lightfoot)
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