22. Rock - 1 Corinthians 10:4
22. Rock – “For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” 1 Co 10:4
Back when I was a youth minister at Garden Park Church of Christ in Toledo, Ohio I had the joy of leading the elementary age children during worship service. One of the favorite songs the kids would sing was "Jesus is the Rock" and He rolls my blues away; Bop shoo bop, A bop shoo bop. What joy they had on their faces.
Throughout the Bible God is depicted as a rock. He is large stone rock like what you see up on Grandfather Mountain. He has stood the test of time. He is trustworthy and true. He is solid and sturdy. He will not be moved.
A large rock is a good place to be when the wind is blowing and the rain is falling. A rock is a good defense when your enemies are hurling arrows at you. A rock is a great place to be when the floods of life come and try to wash you away. A rock is a good place to just sit down when you are hurt, sad, or lonely.
Many people have found refuge at the Rock over the years. Moses said, "He (God) is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just..."(De 32:4). David said, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior..."(2 Sa 22:2-3). Elijah found peace in the Rock of Ages when he fled from Jezabel (1 Ki 19). And even today, people are finding refuge in the Rock.
The birth of Jesus is the incarnation of the Rock. God built a fortress, a sanctuary, a refuge right here for us. Romans 9 tells us that this Rock would be a stumbling block for some people who think they have God all figured out. 1 Corinthians 10:4 tells us that Jesus was the Rock that the Hebrews drank from in the wilderness.
Peter said that this Rock would bring scandal and the downfall of many. Jesus told Peter that "on this rock (petra not retros) I will build my church." The rock, the foundation, the cornerstone of the church is Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, Savior and Lord.
Isn't nice to know that when the enemies attack there is a refuge in Jesus. Isn't it comforting to know that when you are troubled or blue you can find comfort in Jesus. Isn't it nice to know when the storms of life rage you can find peace in Jesus. Jesus is the ROCK that rolls our blues away!
I praise God for Jesus, my Rock, my refuge, my strength. May God bless you today as you plant your feet firmly on the Rock of Jesus Christ.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Father in Heaven, You are my Rock and my salvation. In you I will stand firm. I thank you for being my comfort and protection. I thank you for the peace in my life that comes from knowing you. I thank you for Jesus Christ, my rock and foundation. I ask that you help me to stand firm and by the man you have called me to be. Help me to bring others in need to the Rock that gives life. In Jesus' name, AMEN!