Sunday, January 27, 2008

Shovel It Over Your Shoulder!

1Pe 5:7 ALT having cast all your* anxiety upon Him, for it is a concern to Him about you* [fig., for He cares about you*].

1Pe 5:7 BBE Putting all your troubles on him, for he takes care of you.

While on Christmas vacation I cleared off my father-in-law’s patio. During the process I began to think about Jesus and all he has done for me, and the thought occurred to me that my shovelling was exactly what Jesus wants me to do spiritually. Our text was the verse that crossed my mind next. “Cast all your cares upon him for he cares for you!” The following message was what came out of those thoughts.

  1. The Cross is history’s crossroad to eternity.

Almost every pulpit and church that preaches about Jesus in any form or fashion has a symbol of the cross of Jesus Christ within its walls. Sometimes it is on the pulpit other times it is one the back wall. In any case people see the cross when they come to church to worship Jesus. It is a symbol that keeps us pointed to the very crux of history!

The Old Testament is our schoolmaster leading us to Jesus. In other words, the Old Testament is point toward the Cross of Jesus. (Galatians 3:24)

Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

The New Testament points us back to the cross of Jesus Christ. Our relationship with Jesus starts on the cross, and goes through the grave ending in the resurrection. The Gospel of Jesus Christ points us back to the cross.

The Old Testament Ended at the Cross, and the New Testament began at the Cross!

  1. Jesus wants us to shovel all of our troubles back to the cross!

Have you ever noticed that most people while shovelling will eventually begin to through snow or dirt back over their shoulder or off to the side? This very action brought this truth to my mind!

Being in the New Testament period of time we are looking back to the Cross of Jesus. Therefore everything we cast upon Jesus must be thrown back to the cross! Picture the shovelling motion of a person throwing the dirt or snow behind them. I believe this is the very action Jesus is describing in this verse.

Don’t bear your burdens alone! Let Jesus get under the yoke with you, and He will give you rest!

Mat 11:28-30 BBE Come to me, all you who are troubled and weighted down with care, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke on you and become like me, for I am gentle and without pride, and you will have rest for your souls; (30) For my yoke is good, and the weight I take up is not hard.

The picture being described in this verse is an animal trying to bare the yoke of a loaded cart by itself. Jesus is telling the people that He is like a second stronger animal being put under the yoke along side of you, and giving you rest from the extreme pressure of the load. Now it isn’t you alone, but you and Jesus who are baring the load together; he taking the greater part!

  1. There is great assurance and promise that comes with trusting Jesus!

Psa 55:22 KJVR Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

There is something precious that takes place when someone releases their problems, troubles and cares to Jesus! There is a great element of pride in people’s lives and they just don’t want to be seen as vulnerable or weak. However, there is nothing embarrassing about sharing a load with someone else. As a matter of fact it is smart, wise and logical! If you are carrying something heavy you will gladly take assistance from another. Yet, when it comes to our emotions, personal problems, the cares of life and fears we are not willing to relinquish our pride!

1Pe 5:5-9 KJVR Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. (6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (7) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (9) Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

It is the process of ridding ourselves of pride that gives us the strength to fight the mortal enemy of our soul – The devil!

Try Jesus! He will not fail! You will find rest!

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