Lent Day 3: Who is this Levi?
Luke 3: 29 “the son of Levi”
Our second Levi in this genealogy of Jesus. Each of these men had a son named Matthat.
We have already discovered that Levi means ‘to join’.
With us journeying through the Lenten season, I am purposely changing the application of these names so that we focus on Jesus. Here is a great verse to memorise:
But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17
We are joined with Jesus in His death and resurrection. His death is our death and we stand in His resurrection with the same power of the Spirit. That last sentence is worth meditating on.
The early Church understood this. It was their foundational belief that they were joined with Christ, one with Him. Look what Paul says:
We are sanctified in Christ Jesus, 1 Corinthians 1:2.
We are in Christ Jesus, 1 Corinthians 1:30.
We are called into fellowship with the Son Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 1:9.
We are a new creation in Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:17.
We have been made alive with Christ, Ephesians 2:5.
We are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms, Ephesians 2:6.
We are found in Christ with a righteousness that is not ours but from God, Philippians 3:9.
Your discipleship is not following a set of religious rules and doctrines, it is not developing knowledge and it is more than trying to be like Jesus. It is to be a Levi!
Discipleship is union with Christ Jesus where we are truly joined together to the crucified, resurrected person of Christ incarnated into the world we live in.
There isn’t anything more important than this!
Pause for a moment right now. Breathe in once again this profound truth. He is in you! You are joined with Him! And because of this joining:
1 Corinthians 1:30 “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”
The Message says, “That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”
How good is that?!! Thank God for Levi!