04/11/2020 DAB Transcript

Josh 3:1-4:24, Luke 14:7-35, Ps 80:1-19, Pr 12:27-28

Today is the 11th day of April welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you as we conclude another one of our weeks together. This, of course, is Holy Saturday, Easter Eve. This is a day in Holy Week and well, it’s a day when we commemorate, take time to pay attention to the fact that Jesus died and was laid in a tomb and that His body laid in that tomb. And we can talk about that in a little bit. Let’s take the next step forward with a…with a heart of reverence for what this day represents to us but let’s take the next step forward in the Scriptures. This week we’ve been reading from the Christian Standard Bible and yesterday on the 100th day of the year we concluded the Torah and we moved into the book of Joshua and read the first couple of chapters of Joshua. And, so, we’ll continue that journey today with Joshua chapters 3 and 4 and on this Holy Saturday we finally, finally, finally get to cross the Jordan River.


Okay. So, as I mentioned at the beginning this is Holy Saturday and, you know, there’s Good Friday, a day that is commemorative of the death of Jesus. What…what that was, what that would have been like to be there as a disciple, to put ourselves in that position. Today is a day…you just have to imagine what the disciples were feeling like - all of the people who had been following Jesus, who had watched Him die, what the next day would’ve been like for them, the shock of it, the confusion of it, the faintest, faintest of rays of hope in it. This is kind of where we put ourselves today. And as we read out of the Gospels today basically Jesus is saying, “anything that is between you and me no matter what it is, a person, a thing, whatever it is, even if it’s a family member, anything that you value higher is simply telling the truth that you are not a disciple.” We could look at that and go that’s kind of harsh but then we could also look at the way that Jesus always kind of disassembled the crowds. Like He wouldn’t let Himself become a celebrity. He wouldn’t allow all of that to swirl around Him because it was swirling around Him because the reputation was spreading. And, so, He would say these very direct things that would challenge the core of why people were following Him around. And sometimes we need to be challenged to about why we’re following Him around. Basically, if we truly want to understand this all we have to do is look at Jesus. He put nothing between you and Him. He valued nothing, including heaven, including perfection. He came for you. Nothing would stand in His way and he followed that love all the way into death. If we want to be a disciple of Jesus than we…we live into that knowing that we would follow Him anywhere. And we sit with the fact, at least on this day, commemorating this day that He followed that love and that love affixed him to a cross where He died and was laid in a tomb. We sit with that while hoping, praying for tomorrow to come.


In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand