19th May 2014

Who Can Make Sense Of It? 

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Romans 6:4 (NIV) 

I’ve always been intrigued by adverts:
‘8 out 10 cats prefer Whiskas.’ – How do they know?
‘Nothing works faster than Anadin.’ – So I took nothing and it did work faster.
And who can forget, in the lead up to the 1979 general election, Saatchi & Saatchi’s poster of a snaking dole queue with the caption ‘Labour isn’t working’?

One ad campaign that caught my eye several years back was run over a four week period and went something like this:
IEFL – Who can make sense of it?
FIEL – Who can make sense of it?
ELIF – Who can make sense of it?
LIFE – Who can make sense of it?
This was the marketing for an evangelistic campaign and the answer to the questions posed is: Jesus Christ. 

Life can often seem to be as confusing as a series of jumbled letters, but Jesus is the one who is able to straighten things out and put them in the right order. This shouldn’t surprise us as he said of himself, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6) and Peter called Jesus ‘the author of life’ in Acts 3:15.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and place our trust in his sacrifice, our old self dies and is buried with him in his death, only for us to rise with him in his resurrection, to a new life. 

What a shame that some refuse to come to Christ to have their lives straightened out. As Jesus said to the Jewish leaders, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39-40) 

Let us readily come to the one about whom the Scriptures testify and we’ll see that, as the old man (or woman) dies with Christ, our lives become hidden in him and he becomes our life (Colossians 3:3-4). He is the one who enables and empowers us to live a new life for him now. But more than that, he is the one who gives us eternal life, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”  And, “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.” (John 6:40, 47)  

Coming to Jesus for life – now that makes sense to me. 

Father, we thank you for the sacrifice of your Son. In him is life for evermore. Help us always to look to him and believe.

Study by Barry Robinson


barryrobinsonAbout the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Martin Ryan
Phone:  020 8202 3998
Email:   martin_ryan@wcg.org.uk

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