Those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.’ (Romans 8:29 NIV)
Welcome to St Clement’s.
Last time I wrote about how as Christians God has designed us to grow. To grow as his children to be like Jesus. The verse above speaks of this too – the inevitability of being like Jesus, conformed to the image of God’s Son. But how does this happen?
Just think about how you’ve become who you are. No go on, stop now and think about it. Don’t we become, often little by little, like those we spend time with? I just need to look at my children and see that for better or worse they take on my characteristics, traits, and even phrases, as well as these things from others they spend time with.
If we are Christians, Jesus is our brother, so how do we spend time with him so we become more like him? As we remembered last week on Ascension Sunday, Jesus ascended to be with his, and our, Heavenly Father. But we meet Jesus now, as we read the Bible. For all the Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament, is all about, Jesus. Do you remember last term we saw in Luke 24, how Jesus explained to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus ‘what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself’? The Scriptures then, the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms are all about Jesus.
That’s why at St Clement’s we read the Bible together on Sundays and during the week in our small groups– to help each other to see Jesus, that God might conform us into the image of his Son. Because we see Jesus in the Bible, it’s so worth reading a bit each day on our own, and if we live with Christian family or friends, reading it with them too. As I finish, just a word or warning as we read the Bible. We must be careful not to read it only intellectually, morally or as a self-help book. It’s a story of the most wonderful person Jesus, God who became man, to make us his brothers and sisters. Let’s read the Bible to spent time with Jesus.