I’m good at starting things. I actually get a thrill out of newness. I like new ideas. I like new books. I like new projects. I like to start. But I often get distracted, bored, or for whatever reason, I don’t finish strong. I have a lot of unfinished books and projects at my house! Tell me I’m not the only one!
(Looks like they might want to keep working on this bridge!)
On Sunday, we’ll read about how Jesus is the Son of Solomon. Well – I guess I’m in good company with Solomon. He started strong…really strong actually. However, he did not finish well.
The Bible says his wives led him astray. Honestly, that was a big part of his problem. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines. I don’t think that was a good idea! Especially because these were foreigners whom God had commanded specifically that they not marry lest they lead the people of God to worship false gods. His is what happened to Solomon…
What was different about Jesus? He finished strong. He was strong by being weak. It seemed like the nails finished him. It seemed like his final words, “It is finished” were proof that that’s exactly what he was.
But that was not the end. Resurrection was the end. Resurrection was final – for Jesus. And for us.
In preparation for Sunday, Read 1 Kings 11:1–10 and answer these questions:
1. Why do you think Solomon ended so badly?
2. What are your demons and devils, leading you to end badly?
3. What does it mean when Matthew writes that Jesus is greater than Solomon (Mt 12:42)?
How did Jesus end?