Galatians – Freedom in Christ!
I rose before dawn this morning to get my mug of coffee and cup of cheerios, like most moms/grandmoms who are preparing a meal for Easter Sunday to be consumed after our celebration of our risen Lord and Savior. I was greeted in the darkness by bright light shining through the trees in our backyard, through the patio doors and into the kitchen. Full moon! Amazing!
I stood there for a moment recalling the song, “Was it a morning like this?” I think of the heavy heart of sorrow Mary carried as she made her way to the tomb of her Friend. I wonder if she felt her Light had gone out in the darkness before the dawn of a new reality? What is the new reality? Her Light has actually risen from the dead, (just as He said)! He speaks to her and tells her to run and tell the others! His Light, once more, fills her heart, floods her soul and is reflected brightly off Mary’s face as she tells the Good News of the empty tomb! I smile knowing that Jesus is my Light, Love, Master, as well as my Savior.
Today I remember that the moon has no light of it’s own. It only REFLECTS the light of the sun. Here is a bit of science for you:
The full moon is the lunar phase when the Moon appears fully illuminated from Earth’s perspective. This occurs when Earth is located directly between the Sun and the Moon (more exactly, when the ecliptic longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180°).
Lunar phases are caused by the position of the moon in relation to the sun. Okay, we get it. The moon has no light. It only reflect the light of the sun
Where am I in relation to the Son? Have I done a “180” so that I fully reflect the Son to others who are groping for the new reality of THE Light in the dark? Like the moon, I only REFLECT The Light. I am not The Light.
That bring us to a very important passage in our journey through Galatians. Paul calls the Galatians crazy for following anyone on earth who talks about anything different than Jesus Christ crucified as our Savior, our Lord…Our Light. The Galatians have fallen back to the old ways of rule keeping instead of building a steady, undying relationship with Jesus Christ. They are trying to “be good” by the rules instead of allowing Christ to transform their lives by shedding His Light on the darkness that lies within.
Let’s pick it up at Galatians 2, verse 19…(The Message)
19-21 What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.
Paul turned 180 to Christ who is The Light. He isn’t going to turn back to the dark side, that’s crazy. I’m not either.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are God and we are not. We reflect the Light of Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus and I’m not turning back. I don’t like the dark. Continue to transform me. Transform Your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen