The Rock of all ages!
The Rock of all ages!
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to travel all over America’s 50 states and up into Canada, and on those various expeditions I have been blessed to have the chance to see some pretty amazing rock formations. In South Dakota I was able to take in the grand sites of Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Monument. In Wyoming I was exposed to the magnificent view of the Teton Mts. In California I and my wife were able to take in the grandeur of El Capitan, the huge granite rock face in Yosemite National Park. In New Hampshire we got to experience the beauty of Mt. Washington setting high above the colorful forest area that surrounded it. When we were in Seattle, Washington we were able to drive up majestic Mt. Rainier. Each of these rock structures had an unbelievable nature about them. Being in the presence of each of them left me with a sense of utter awe.
But no matter how spectacular these rock figures were they pail in comparison to the Rock of Ages, the rock of our salvation, Jesus Christ! As David so boldly declared in Psalm 18:1-2, “I love you Lord my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” The Lord Almighty and the promise of a savior was the rock that David was clinging to.
The Apostle Paul talks about trusting in and relying on the Rock (Jesus) in his first Letter to the Corinthians. “For I want you to know brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.”
One of the old-time favorite hymns for many people, “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”, sets the tone for you and me placing our trust in the Rock of all ages, Jesus Christ. Here are verses 1 and 4 of that beloved song:
Rock of ages cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy riven side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure; Cleanse me from its guilt and power.
While I draw this fleeting breath, When mine eyes-lids close in death, When I soar to worlds unknown, See Thee on Thy judgement throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.
Never let go of the only true Rock which has the power to save! Pastor McCarty