ROCK OF AGES by Pastor Paul Locke for loxland.com 23/12/2015 and YouTube
Jacob blessed his sons and looked for “your deliverance O Lord.” (Gen 49:18) Jacob knew the promises of God to Abraham and Isaac that defined him as Israel when he wrestled with God at Peniel. God his Shepherd he called the “Rock of Israel” (Gen 49:24) a position of esteem and did not have the revelation of God’s true name. The true name was revealed later by God to Moses who said, “I AM who I AM.”
Daniel revealed the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar about the large statue being smashed by a rock not made by human hands that became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth. (Dan 2: 34-35) The interpretation of the dream was about the future when a kingdom will be set up that will never be destroyed. It will crush all the other kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. (Dan 2:44)
Living Stone is Jesus rejected by men but chosen by God. A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. (1Pet 2:4-8) But you as Christians are chosen by God to be like Jesus; living stones, built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood. We must build our faith upon the rock like a wise builder to withstand the storms that come in life, so be Born Again and hear the word of the Lord and put them into practice. (Lk 6:46-49)
Christ the Rock the spiritual rock provided spiritual food and drink to those he saved who were baptised into Moses until they rebelled. They reverted to pagan revelry of immorality and grumbling causing loss of life by a destroying devils angel. (1Cor 10:2-10) This warning is for us today that we will be tempted and God is faithful and will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, so if you do sin, be quick to repent. (1Cor 10:11-13)
Grace is unmerited favour through faith in Jesus Christ the rock. The more sin abounds Grace abounds even more. (Rom 5:20) The work of the Holy Spirit is to confirm our salvation and is Blessed Assurance; a state of knowing that you are in God’s love. (Jhn 14:26) Christmas not only celebrates the birth of baby Jesus, but like Holy Communion it keeps our focus on the work of the cross and the shed blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of sin.