Experiencing the Life of Christ

Psalm 116:8-9
For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; 9 I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

When we read the Psalms we should be looking for opportunities to read them through Christ’s experience on the cross. Here is one such opportunity. “For you delivered my soul from death,” the Psalmists writes. And while this reflects a deliverance that the Psalmist himself physically experienced, it prophetically reflects the resurrection of Christ from the grave. The grief of the Cross was wiped away. The physical destruction that the crucifixion had on the body of Jesus, which caused Him to stumble, and led to Simon of Cyrene carrying His Cross, has been ended. He arose with a new body, a glorified body. He “walked before the Lord in the land of the living,” showing Himself to His disciples over a forty day period. He never leaves the land of the living again, but ascended alive, bodily into heaven. He is now seated as King upon His Throne and “ever lives to make intercession for us” as our Great High Priest. Praise be to Christ!

In Him, we now experience all these events by faith when we are indwelled by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ. The Spirit crucifies our old man and raises in us a new man that is being shaped after the image of the Heavenly Man, Christ Jesus. We, now as priests, have the opportunity to imitate our Lord and intercede for those still in the world. God is making His appeal for all men to be reconciled to Him in Christ through us, the Church. (2 Corinthians 5) When Jesus returns we will receive a body like His glorious body. Then there will be no more tears. Then our feet will no longer be made of clay, ergo, we will no longer stumble. Then we will shine in the Kingdom of our Father. Glory to God Highest!

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