April 30, 2011

Sweeter Than Honey

Psalm 119:97-104

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalm 119:103


Throughout this month, we’ve studied the words of Jesus from the cross, as well as some of the words he spoke after his resurrection and at other times. In many ways those words have given us insight and understanding. As the psalmist put it, those words have been “sweeter than honey.” Psalm 19:10 states also, “[Your words] are more precious than gold.”

One thing we always need to keep in mind when we consider Jesus is that he “came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). Because we are not able to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourself (Luke 10:27), we deserve no more than death (Romans 6:23). But, in love, God sent Jesus “to save the world through him” (John 3:17). Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross accomplished exactly that. As we trust in him, we receive God’s forgiveness and the gift of eternal life with him!

God is now partnering with us to continue his work in the world, reconciling all things to himself. As we go forward in faith, we have the assurance that his Holy Spirit is with us, equipping and empowering us to fulfill our mission and calling.

Indeed, our Lord’s words are sweet to our taste, and more precious to us than anything else we could ever have or know!

Lord Jesus, thank you for the words you spoke from the cross and throughout your ministry. They are life to us because they lead us to the heart of your Father! Amen.

About the author — Shawn Brix

Rev. Shawn Brix has served as pastor in several Ontario churches. He and his wife, Jenny, have three children.

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