Saturday, March 30, 2013
How privileged and undeservedly blessed we all are to have been born into a time when so much of what Christ purchased for the world has come to fruition under the political and constitutional umbrella of freedom that we as Americans freely take for granted every day.
James, the earthly brother of our Lord, may well have been speaking of our Christian brother in arms, Abraham Lincoln, when he said:
"...he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing." -James 1:25
The apostle Paul echoed this when, speaking of the blood-bought spiritual man, he says:
"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."
So as we all "eagerly groan within ourselves", we look forward to the day that all of God's redeemed children are fully and finally delivered from our bodies of death, and we come together to look upon the glorious face of:
"him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." -Revelation 1:5&6
Happy Easter to all.
Friday, March 29, 2013
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He rode into town on a white horse
With nothing in his hand
He came to gather his people
And take them to their promised land
When he came, he knew there would be bloodshed
But still no violence made his plans
He came to fight in a battle, with no guns or money
But with his empty hands
They said, "hey boy, what you looking at"
As they eyed his dreaded mane
"My Father has sent me, I've come back to reclaim,
The children whose hearts were so whole and pure
Now it's you who'll die in pain"
So they lynched the man, who fooled the world
And all the children gathered
In his empty hands
Thursday, March 28, 2013
On Maundy Thursday the Creator of the universe bent down to his knees to wash the dirt from the callused feet of his followers. And as he scrubbed away the dirt, he scrubbed from his Bride all possible justifications for ethnic and economic hierarchies. He radically upset cultural norms. And now he calls us to go low in foot-washing-like service to one another.
But most importantly, Maundy Thursday reminds us the Son of Man willingly came to earth as a lowly slave, to serve us, to be crushed for us, to free us from the sin slavery that leads to eternal death. On his knees Jesus enacts for us a parable of the cross.
The disciples could not yet see the symbolic anticipation. The full explanation for why Jesus washed their feet would only become clear after the blood-bought atonement on Good Friday. Then the disciples would look back and understand the act of deep humility in the cross that brought us a once-for-all, head-to-toe, cleansing from all our sin.