Posts Tagged ‘Savior’

Not Ready To Let Go

December 30, 2011

Today is December 30th.
I’m still hearing Christmas hymns on the radio.
AND I LIKE IT!

Christmas is simply hard to let go of.
I’m not talking about the frenzy of decorating – shopping – wrapping – cookie ing – shopping – visiting – shopping – parties – etc.

I’m talking about the PERFECT part of Christmas.
Remembering a big miracle in such a small child.
Remembering a humble couple grappling with the responsibility of raising the Son of God.
Remembering that we would all remain lost without this event.
Remembering the Perfect Love that decided this should be this way.

Of COURSE we don’t want to let it go! Of course the Christmas hymns linger for another week!  Why would we want to forget that God loves us puny humans THAT much! The greatness of the Love, the process to save everyone, the willingness of Jesus to humiliate Himself for us so readily, just to keep us from being swallowed by Satan’s evil…

For a month or two we have Christmas bombarding our heads each year. And for the week afterwards we wean ourselves off the intensity of the greatness and the wonder. Christmas reminds us of the beginning of our Salvation.

No other holiday in the United States evokes such a feeling of “let down” that needs such a weaning. Think about it:
The media  doesn’t continue to play patriotic songs  on the fifth of July.
Nor does the media care so much about leaving the Thanksgiving holiday behind.
Valentine’s day is forgotten by February 15th (except for the stores steeply discounting their leftover merchandise).
Even Easter is off by the wayside the day after….and how many Easter hymns are recognized by the general public anyway? (And yeah, Easter should be a bigger deal too, but that’s another post for another time)

But CHRISTMAS…That one is definitely a media feast — and I’m not talking about the commercial stuff. Christmas in the United States has the hymns all over the radio for the entire season and then some; even on the non-Christian radio stations. The television stations have Christmas movies all over the place; classics and newbies, all bespeaking the sense of love and miracles that is the common thread in Christmas, even through New Year’s Day. Newspapers feature Christmas stories related to charities, churches, Christ, and children.  Church members practice their lines for Christmas plays, and lawns display Nativity scenes to commemorate the momentous occasion.

And all of these decorations, displays, hymns, and stories don’t stop immediately the day after Christmas.
No.
Instead, they slowly wind down. In truth, we really don’t want to let it go so fast.

And that’s exactly how it should be.

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Quotes of Remembrance

April 24, 2011

If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!
Clarence W. Hall

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
St. Augustine
Confessions.

The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.
Henry Knox Sherrill

Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.
Floyd W. Tomkins

On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.
Douglas Horton

This is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life.
Bible, 1 John

“Christ the Lord is risen to-day,”
Sons of men and angels say.
Raise your joys and triumphs high;
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.
Charles Wesley

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
Bible, Matthew
I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Bible, John

In the bonds of Death He lay
Who for our offence was slain;
But the Lord is risen to-day,
Christ hath brought us life again,
Wherefore let us all rejoice,
Singing loud, with cheerful voice,
Hallelujah!
Martin Luther
Angels, roll the rock away;
Death, yield up thy mighty prey:
See, He rises from the tomb,
Glowing with immortal bloom.
Thomas Scott
Easter Angels.


Could Jesus Have Changed His Mind?

August 3, 2010

Jesus Christ sat in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying for his life (Matthew 26:36-44 ).

He knew he came to earth to die for our sins. He knew his mission wouldn’t be accomplished until his murder was complete. And now, just a few hours before the horror of that murder was to be, Jesus prayed fervently that God the Father could get him out of it somehow without interrupting The Plan. Jesus wasn’t ignorant of human pain and suffering. He knew that murder would hurt; and he’d already experienced fear for his life on a few previous occasions (Luke 4:22-30, John 7:1, John 10:22-39). It is clear that Jesus knew that he didn’t want to experience the mental and physical pain of murder.

Could Jesus have changed his mind and said “Ah, forget about it…I WANNA LIVE! — I’m ditching the plan, Father! ”

Although he did manage to escape death by the hands of the people on those previous occasions, here at Gethsemane he realized that his mission was finally coming to a close, and that he could no longer avoid his own murder. This must have seemed especially distressing, considering that he hadn’t ever sinned and never deserved to die! For the past thirty-some years he’d lived in the thick of human sinfulness: He saw their pride, their greed, their hypocrisy, their deceptions. He saw their wicked choices up close and personal every single day. He saw their frustrating habit of repeatedly falling into the same foolish behaviours and the same foolish choices. He, by contrast, was sinless — so why did he have to be involved in all their mess??!!

Could Jesus have just said “I changed my mind, I’m not going through this mess — it’s not MY fault they’re sinners!” Could he have decided it wasn’t his problem after all, and walk away from his mission (and continued living)?

NO.

First of all, he made it clear that he was here to do the FATHER’S will and not his own (John 4:34, 5:36-37 ). His sole mission was to do as the Father ordered, and to teach what the Father ordained (John 12:49-50). Jesus Christ’s mission had everything to do with mankind and nothing to do with himself.

Second, Jesus also made it clear that when one agrees to something, the agreement must be kept. To purposely break the agreement would be siding with Satan (Matthew 5:37 ).  Satan already attempted to draw Jesus to his side at the beginning of Jesus’s ministry (Matthew 4:1-10). To give into Satanic thinking now would have undone all the precious work Jesus accomplished over the previous three years. Giving into satanic thinking would have converted Jesus Christ into a sinner. A sinner cannot save mankind. All souls would have been hopeless and lost. And, being a sinner, Jesus would have had to eventually die anyway (Romans 6:23). But that’s not all:

Third, if Jesus had changed his mind and abandoned the plan, that would be more than just the sin of breaking one’s agreement. Such an action would also show hatred for mankind, utter disrespect for the Father’s authority, selfishness, and lack of trust in the Father. It would be handing the world over to Satan since there would be no mediator between men and God.

Could Jesus, the chosen Saviour and Son of God, actually have changed his mind and walked away from The Plan?

Never.

Fourth, and most importantly, Jesus Christ was the very embodiment of the Father; the tangible evidence of the Creator’s love (John 3:16). Such love would never abandon God’s own precious creation, even if that creation is inherently sinful. True love does not look for it’s own selfish desire (1 Corinthians 13:5), therefore Jesus Christ would not give in to his own selfish longing. Too many lives were at stake, and Satan could not be given that kind of power.

No. Jesus could not have changed his mind. The Love of God that exists in him would never allow such a tragedy.


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