8th April 2014

Our Perfect Stand-in! 

“You are in Christ Jesus by God’s act, for God has made him our wisdom; He is our righteousness; in him we are consecrated and set free.”
1Corinthians 1:29-30 (NEB)

Stand-ins perform a very special service for actors—they risk life and limb to do all the extremely dangerous things that the actors could never do for themselves. And as we watch the film we are somehow unaware that it isn’t the actor performing all of these scary things. Perhaps you have never thought about it in this light, but we too have a stand-in—someone who loves us so much that he did all the terrifying things that are beyond our capability. 

For us, he became clothed in our flesh that we might become clothed in his righteousness and live by his power—“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NIV) 

For us, he was deserted, beaten, crucified, and he died, so that we might become children of God.  Galatians 4:4-5 (NLT) tells us that, “when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.” 

For us, he rose again and ascended to sit with the Father. But he has kept us a place so that we might sit with him. Friends do that; if they get there first they save seats for us—“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6 NIV) 

For us, He is coming again to pick us up so that we might be where He is—“And, if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:3 NIV) 

I once read about an actor who was being interviewed about his latest film. The interviewer said; “Of course your stuntmen do all the dangerous things and you grab all the glory.” The actor replied; I don’t think we grab the glory, I think it is given to us.” 

Gracious Father, thanks and praise to you for our Saviour, Redeemer and Friend who has taken all the falls and tumbles for us that we might be reconciled to you by his amazing sacrificial love.

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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