Christ is marvelously foreshadowed in every piece of the Tabernacle. Every feature was planned by God with design and purpose. Because of God’s plan that the Tabernacle would be fulfilled in Christ, both in its structure as well as in its function, it can be said that this series is more about Christ than the Tabernacle. JOIN US this Sunday, as we begin our new series, “The Presence of God”.
God never promised us that we were going to go to heaven on flowery beds of ease. Paul said to “fight the good fight of faith”. Life is a fight. And just because you’re going through some tough times today doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve done anything wrong. Jesus clearly said, John 16:33, “In this life, you will have trials, frustrations, hardships, and distress. But be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” No matter what you go through in life, you’ve got to stand strong and don’t give up and don’t give in. Show the enemy that you are more determined than he is!
If you haven’t been with us the last few weeks, we are in a series called, “Chosen”. And in this series, we’re talking about our identity, answering the basics: Who are we? And why are we here? Peter said, “You are called by God Himself.” He has called you out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.
I think we humans love to chase this ideal of perfection or completeness. I’ve heard many brides talk about their wedding day being perfect. I’ve worked with kids who are trying to complete a perfect 4.0 GPA. Maybe you’re an artist and you are trying to write the perfect words to complete a song. We could go on with this, but for some reason, we take great joy in running to or experiencing completeness or perfection. But the truth is—and we all know this in our gut—nothing is perfect (except Jesus).
The apostle Peter said, “You are a chosen people. You are royal priests.” And our focus for today, Peter continued and said, “[You are] a holy nation.” And what does holy mean? Peter was saying that as followers of Jesus, you are so different. You are different from the world. You are different from the person that you used to be. Today we learn that after you start following Jesus, you are no longer the same. Instead, you are changed by God.