Our life in this world is a life of exile, a life of being aliens and strangers in a world that is hostile and in rebellion against our Lord. How must we react to the hostility of our government and culture to the Christian faith?
Moses striking the rock at Mt. Sinai to give water to thirsty Israel alludes forward to the work of Christ on the cross, when he was “smitten, stricken, and afflicted” by the LORD to give us water that wells into eternal life.
Although most of our loved ones were not martyred for their faith, they too are our â€œheroes of the faith,â€ persevering through all kinds of sufferings, persecutions, and trials in this world. They too counted themselves as merely pilgrims and strangers in this world, but now reside in their homelandâ€”a better city and country.
To rescue his lost sheep, Jesus became one of them, a meek and obedient Lamb of God who gave himself as a sacrifice on the cross: â€œLike a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouthâ€ (Isa 53:7).