March 18, 2022
Today’s reading: Luke 14:28-30
Crossing the Rubicon
On January 10, 49BC, Julius Caesar crossed the historic Rubicon river. Now, you might not know it but it was a monumental, empire-changing, and memorable day.
Looking back at history, the decision of Caesar to cross the Rubicon actually shaped not just the future of Rome but the entire world!
To understand the magnitude of this event, we need to know a little history.
Julius Caesar was a governor of the northern part of Italy. Once his governorship was over, he was ordered by the Roman Senate to disband his army and return to Rome.
He was given a strict order to NEVER take his army across the Rubicon River, which at that time served as the northern boundary of Italy.
Julius Caesar doesn’t want to go to Rome without his army because he knew he will be prosecuted in the capital city. At that time, Caesar had the sympathy of people.
So, the very act of crossing the Rubicon River, together with his army, is going to be considered as a declaration of war on the Roman Senate.
On that fateful day, Caesar took the earth-shattering decision to cross the Rubicon River together with the 13th legion and reportedly said, “alea iacta est” — the die is cast.
This decision eventually made Caesar the new Roman dictator for life and has given rise to the imperial era of Rome.
Today, the phrase crossing the Rubicon is a metaphor that means passing a point of no return. It means making a decisive decision and not having the option of going back.
What’s your Rubicon river?
Friends, we all have the Rubicon river in our lives — a time when we have to make that decision to follow God and Yahshua (Jesus Christ).
When we finally decide to leave the ways of this world and decide to live a life dedicated to Yahweh, in a way, we should think of it as crossing the Rubicon river. It means that we should never look back and the only way is to move forward.
We read about counting the cost in Luke 14:28-30:
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?
No more thinking about the old ways, but we are treading the new way leading to everlasting life. It means no more thinking of the life we have left, but looking forward to the life we are aiming for.
Crossing the Rubicon river of following God will not just change our life today but also the life to come!
🔥 To learn more, I highly recommend you read, “What Does it Mean to Put your Hand on the Plow and Look Back? (Luke 9:62).”
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