Life has afforded me many firsts lately. It’s inevitable, when you’re just over two months married. With our wedding coming just before the holiday season, it feels like we’re only now figuring out what real life together looks like. (So far, it looks pretty nice.)
Still, all the firsts can be overwhelming to me. (It occurs to me that I’m like a cow in liking to walk placidly along well-worn, habitual paths.) And so in the midst of firsts, I have to go back and go back to the really First things, the foundational things.
Like the fact that Christ is before all things and in Him all things hold together. Before all things: First.
And the thing that Paul says is of First Importance: that Christ Jesus died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.
He’s called the chief cornerstone — the first one, from which and on which and against which the whole building stands.
He’s called the firstborn from the dead and the firstborn among many brethren.
And the idea is that He is first, but we follow. He died for our sins and rose again that we might die to sin and rise with Him into everlasting life. He makes of us living stones in His building. He makes us sons and daughters of His Father the King.
And it doesn’t matter how many things are new and different in this new year: these are the real First things, and secure in these, we can face all the others.
Linking up with Kate Motaung to write in the first Five Minute Friday link-up of the year, on her prompt: first. The “first” button above will take you to her site.
©2016 by Stacy Crouch