In my last post, Andrew Murray highlit the “one great lesson” the Hebrews and all Christians require. He calls it a “great salvation” and describes how we can experience the love, presence, holiness, joy, and power of God within us. He then explains that once we have a clear vision of this in our hearts and minds we have everything we need.
Because of my cancer battle, my life is always especially trying. Through Bible study for this blog, I have learned how to live in the peace and joy promised in Christ. However, for the last several months I have had the additional burden of becoming caregiver for a dear friend with severe dementia. A former history professor and historian, he handed 82 years of chronicled living over to me to sort out (and another 100 years or so of family history).
Between all of the sorting, caregiving and other obligations, I find myself spread too thin. Taking on his circumstances along with mine is honestly too much for me. However, God knew what He was doing by increasing the pressure in my life. He was preparing me for this lesson.
Because of what Andrew Murray has explained, my life has changed. Even though the circumstances remain the same, I have found solace in Hebrews 2:8-9. This “great lesson” will forever be anchored in my heart and soul. And I want this for you, as well.
We begin with a review of Murray’s "great lesson" before reaching his conclusion. The following excerpt is titled “We See Jesus Crowned with Glory and Honor” and is from Andrew Murray’s classic The Holiest of All:
Amid all sin and weakness, all darkness and doubt, all failure and perplexity, hold fast this one truth, engage in this one exercise of faith: We see not yet all things subjected to man, but we see Jesus crowned with honor and glory. This gives peace, and victory, and joy unspeakable.
And if you would know how thus ever to have the heart turned to Jesus, remember, He came to save His people from their sins. It is the heart that is weary of itself and its sins, that fully accepts the fact of the utter corruption and the utter helplessness of all that is of the old nature and of self, that will find itself attracted with strong desire to this mighty Redeemer. In such a heart Jesus, the crowned One, will not only be a distant object, but, by the Holy Spirit, an indwelling presence.
The coming of the Holy Spirit is inseparably connected with, is our only proof of, the glorifying of Jesus (John 7:38-39; 16:14; 17:10), [it] is our only real participation in the blessings that flow from it. Let all our worship of Him, crowned with glory and honor, be in the faith that the Spirit glorifies Him in us, so that our whole inner being is filled with His presence.
Jesus, made a little lower than the angels. Jesus, because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor. Look not only at the glory, but look well at the place of its birth, at the way in which it was gained. It is in the way in which you are walking now. Learn to welcome humiliation and suffering as the seed, the power out of which the glory is brought forth, as the way in which Jesus in glory is preparing you for the glory.
We see Jesus crowned with glory and honor. Let every experience of the contrast— we see not yet all things subject to man—become a call and a motive and a help to turn to Jesus. Let us take time and gaze and worship until our whole soul is filled with the faith: this life of humiliation is the bud of the glory everlasting: Jesus in glory is proof that it is so, the pledge that it will be so with us. Be this our life: We see Jesus, because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor.