Meditation on The First Commandment (Matthew 26:69-75; Exodus 20:3)

The First Commandment

In the name of Jesus, Amen.  The First Commandment: you shall have no other gods.  This means that we should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.  But you don’t.

Like Peter, you’ve feared man more than God. Three times Peter denied knowledge of Jesus, because he was afraid of what would happen to him if people found out. You too have denied your Lord. You’ve failed to speak about Jesus and share the Gospel when you should have. Being Christian isn’t popular these days. Like Peter, you too have concealed your Christian identity out of fear of suffering for the name of Jesus.  You’ve feared man more than God.  Repent, sinner.

You’ve failed to love God above all things. You’ve been more concerned with popularity, dating, video games, sports… the list goes on and on. God has not been your highest priority because you love things more than the One who gave them to you. Repent, sinner.

You’ve failed to trust in God above all things. If you trusted God as you should, you would never worry. Instead, you panic when things don’t go the way you want them to. You don’t trust God to be in control of your life; you want to be your own god.  Repent, sinner.

You have been guilty of idolatry, but Jesus has not handed you over to your false gods.  Jesus feared losing you more than He feared death.  For your sake God made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him you might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Jesus loves you more than He loved His own life, which is why He made the ultimate sacrifice for you.  God shows His love for you in that while you were still a sinner, Christ died for you (Romans 5:8).  Jesus trusted in His Father to raise Him up from the grave; for in Psalm 16 Jesus prayed long before His Incarnation: For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your Holy One see corruption (Psalm 16:10).

Jesus loves you above all things. He has made you His own treasured possession, not with gold or silver, but with His holy precious blood and innocent suffering and death. Thanks be to God!

Soli Deo Gloria

+ Rev. Eric Andersen
Matthew 26:69—75; Exodus 20:3
Tuesday of Reformation, 2013
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