Sunday, March 22, 2009

turning things upside down

God has a way of turning things upside down.

Jesus overturning the tables of the money changers in the temple reminds us of this fact ...... that God has a way of turning things upside down.

Abraham was an old man, his wife Sarah was barren, but God turned their lives upside down for them by giving them a son, giving them a new land, and giving them a promise.

The Israelites were enslaved under Pharaoh in Egypt, but God through His servant Moses turned things upside down, to bring them out of slavery and into the Promised Land.

Israel was the least of all the nations on earth, but God turned it around, and under King David and Solomon made it into a great nation, in order to show forth His glory.

And, when Israel disobeyed God by following sinful men and worshipping false gods, God turned the nation of Israel upside down, speaking words of judgment through the prophets, and giving Israel over to its enemies.
We see a vivid image of this in the Gospel, as Jesus overturns the tables in the temple. God’s judgment had to come upon wayward and rebellious Israel, but His grace and mercy would come as well, in the person of Jesus Christ for all who believed.

Jesus was on a mission, a mission to not only turn things upside down, but to make things right again. And the way He did this once and for all, was by dying on the cross and rising from the dead.

Yes - God has a way of turning things upside down, alright.
But thanks be to God that in Christ, He also has a way of putting them right side up again.

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