Spoiler Alert: Only Jesus is the Solid Rock, No Other!

Posted: December 29, 2014 in 99-Uncategorized

Luke 6:43-49 — On Christ, the solid rock, I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. That is the basic message of today’s text (vv. 46-49) within this passage. The old hymns sometimes say it best. Here’s some more of it:

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

Jesus tells us to lay our foundation on solid rock. We must dig deep and find the bedrock on which to build our foundation. Jesus is telling us that there will be floods. The song tells us that there will be storms. Jesus says, “when the floodwaters rise” not “if the floodwaters rise.” Jesus says that if we listen to His teaching and follow it, we will have built our spiritual house on a solid foundation. Christ the solid rock.

In this day and age, we have so many that are looking for something that they will never find. Bookstores are overflowing with self-help books. Many people think Oprah Winfrey is god. Many people are seeking but not looking in the right place. Many of us think that we can find happiness in things so we buy ourselves into debt. Many of us try to fashion new age religions made up of bits and pieces of eastern and western religions. Many of us are seeking truth in logic and make a religion of science. Many of us try to escape the eternal questions of life through mind-altering drugs or alcohol. Many of us try to find meaning for life in sexual relationships. Many of us make another person our god where our value comes from their opinion of us. All other ground is sinking sand. None of this is solid rock. All of these things disappoint. When the storms of life come, all of these things will eventually disappoint. If you are looking for the next great self-help book, it will disappoint. If you idolize another person, that person is flawed. They will disappoint. These things may give us a sense of security and spiritual pleasure, but they are built on the wrong things. If you are counting on inanimate objects, or imperfect human beings, you will be building your house on the sand. If you think having money and things will make you happy in your inner soul, yes, you may be right…for a time. Eventually, all of this stuff of this life will disappoint. All of these things are foundations built on the sand. Even some preachers who preach a false gospel of financial prosperity are foundations built in the sand. False prophets abound both within Christianity and without it. They are sinking sand. Anything less than Christ is chasing windmills. Anything less is sinking sand. Anything less is Satan’s playground.

It is only through anchoring our souls in the Word of God, all of it, that we have a firm foundation. It is only through a relationship with Jesus Christ and the action of the Holy Spirit that we find truth and understanding in His Word. It is only through surrendering our lives to Jesus Christ’s control that we have true freedom. In Him, we are freed from making ourselves our own gods or making something false our own god. In Him and His Word, we find eternal values. In Him, we find our salvation. In our salvation, we find the first true joy of life that sustains, that stays, that proves true always. When the storms of life come AND THEY WILL, we find our hope in Him. We place our anchor in the veil. It will not tear. It will never disappoint. It will never fail. When we have the joy of salvation, God’s Word has new meaning. You cannot run out of God’s love. He is eternal. His Word is there to give us instruction and direction. His Word is there to describe Him and His qualities. It is there to describe His love for us. Even science can only take you so far. There are mysteries to the universe that will never be explained by man and point us to only one thing. There is God. He is the Creator. He is what He says He is – The Eternal One who loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us on the cross so that we can have eternal life with Him in heaven. We ultimately must come to Him because that is what we are built for. Anything less is not eternal. Anything less is flawed. Anything less is sinking sand.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand. Are you tired of chasing that which disappoints? Are you tired of chasing the latest thing that guarantees your lasting happiness but is just a lie? Are you tired seeking favor in the eyes of others to find your value? Are you just tired? Are you tired of the waves of life destroying what you believe in because those things do not stand up to the waves? Are you just tired? Come to Him. Jesus is the solid rock. He is the firm foundation. All you have to do is quit fighting and surrender to Him. In admitting that your ways have failed and begging Him to take over, you will find victory. Jesus is the solid rock on which I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. When your hope is built on Jesus, it is real hope. It is lasting hope. It is THE hope. It is eternal hope that never fades, never fails, never disappoints, never disappears. Is Christ your solid rock? Come to Him now. Build your house on His foundation. It will never be swept away.

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