Christ Is Our Rock
March 26, 2020 by Marilyn Harris
Pastor Doug’s sermons during Lent are based on a book: Journey of Stones by Steven Molen. During the first two weeks of Lent, when public worship was available, each person was encouraged to take a stone at the beginning of worship. The stones represent distractions in life that separate us from God and weigh us down. Members and friends were invited to leave their stones at the foot of the cross at the front of the church before leaving. The stones continued to accumulate during the first two weeks.
I had the opportunity to visit the Holy Land in 2019. One of my hotels was beside the Sea of Galilee. One evening I picked up six different stones/rocks from the beach. Each rock has a different color, size, some are smooth, and some are rough. I know Jesus spent time by the Sea of Galilee where he called disciples and stilled the storm. I wondered, were these rocks here when Jesus was here? Did he walk where I walked that day?
The Bible includes many verses that reference Christ as our Rock that are reassuring during every circumstance. I share several of these Scripture verses from the King James version.
Exodus 33:22 I will put thee in a cleft of the rock.
Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the rock, his work is perfect.
I Samuel 2:2 Neither is there any rock like our God.
II Samuel 22:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer.
Psalm 18:31 Who is a rock save our God?
Psalm 61:2 When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 71:3 Thou are my rock and my fortress.
The New Revised Standard Version of Psalm 71:3 states: Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
I Peter 2: 4-5 invites us to “Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
II Tim. 1:7 assures us that: “For the Spirit of God does not give us the spirit of fear but of love, of power, and a sound mind.”
Prayer: Thank you God, that you are my rock and my salvation. I trust in you. Amen.