The Cross and the Axe Head
POSTED ON SUNDAY MARCH 24TH, 2013 BY PASTOR ANGELO PIERRI
There is a wonderful story in II Kings 6 about the prophet Elisha and an axe head. As the Word depicts, some men were building a new home as Elisha stood by. As they chopped down trees, one builder lost grip of his axe, and the axe head flew into the Jordan River...seemingly lost forever. The axe head was borrowed and it was very valuable, as most iron tools were in those days. When Elisha was informed where the axe head fell, he took a stick (part of a tree), and threw it in the river. To everyone's amazement the axe head came to the surface and floated. They recovered the axe head!
This story is truly amazing for many reasons, but especially for the picture of redemption that it shows us. Just like that axe head, we are very valuable to our Lord Jesus Christ. We are precious to Him and He loves us very much. And just as it was borrowed, we too are not our own. We have been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, bought with a price.
The axe head was caught in the unclean waters of the Jordan, caught in the depths of the muddy bottom as its weight and density caused it to sink deeper and deeper... seemingly lost forever. And just like that, we were lost in the depravity of this present world, our sin causing us to sink deeper and deeper into the miry mud from which we could not pull ourselves out. We needed someone to search for us, find us, and pull us out!
Just as Elisha asked where the axe head fell, our Jesus came looking for us, searched for us, and sought to save that which was lost. As Elisha threw the tree into the Jordan, so did the cross of Christ save us, that tree on Calvary.
Everyone knows iron does not float, but when Elisha threw the tree into the water, the iron took on a new nature. It's old nature caused it to sink, but it's new nature caused it to rise and to float above the depths below it. Oh, my brothers and sisters, we have a new nature through Jesus Christ because of the work of the cross and His great love for us. Just like that iron axe head became buoyant and was set free from it's old nature, so do we become spiritually buoyant as we are lifted by Jesus Christ to our new identity.
So, as the newness of Spring fills the days of April, let the newness of the life we have in Jesus fill all our days! He restores, renews, recovers, and revives!
"Good people" don't get to Heaven, only saved ones do. Are you saved from your sins by true faith in Jesus Christ?