Apr 24 2011

Free at last

The sun breaks over the horizon as the moon kisses the night goodbye.
The clouds roll out to sea.
The streets are relatively calm at this early time of day.
Rubble from Friday’s earthquake still dots the landscape.
A mother mournfully navigates her way through the city.
A rumbling noise can be heard on the outskirts of town.
A boulder is rolled away from an empty tomb.
Quiet whispers of a stolen corpse echo through the streets.
A small crowd begins to form.
An unlikely group of friends gather to discuss the news.
First confusion, then excitement.
He is risen!
Spread the news.
He is alive!
Redemption has come.
He is Lord!
Salvation is here.
Life as we know it will never again be the same.
We are free at last!

Apr 22 2011

What’s so good about Friday?

What’s so good about Friday? Well, today, “Good Friday”, is the day we remember and celebrate the sacrifice Jesus made so many years ago. As the tradition goes, it was on a Friday afternoon that the King of the universe was hung on a cross for the sins of all humanity. When, in the history of the world, has any leader of a kingdom ever laid down his life to save his people? Sure, some kings have died on a battlefield but when has one voluntarily handed himself over without a fight knowing full well that a sentence of death would be imposed?

Jesus is the only king who has ever accomplished this task. The very Son of God left his heavenly palace to become the son of a previously unknown carpenter. He became as the very ones he created to show humanity how far he was willing to go to prove his love. I can’t think of a better day to commit your life to him than on the anniversery of his sacrifice.

Maybe this is where the TGIF phrase originated.
Maybe this is a good day to thank God for Friday’s and a whole lot more.

Apr 18 2011

Passover for the rest of us

As we head into the Passover and Easter season I can’t help but wonder why Christians long ago abandoned observing this amazing festival. Passover is a time for Jews to remember God bringing them out of Egypt but it also holds a great significance to Christians.

In Egypt, the passover lamb was sacrificed on the 14th day of Nissan and its blood was placed on the door posts to protect the Israelites from God’s punishment on Egypt. Jesus was also sacrificed on the 14th of Nissan. His blood was shed so that all humanity could be saved from their sins. The parallel meaning is absolutely amazing. Salvation for Israel from Egypt; Salvation for all from our sins!

Maybe the original passover was more than a ritual.
Maybe the death of Jesus died on that specific day was not just a coincidence.

Apr 1 2011

The Nature of Nature

If you were able to stand at the edge of the African Serengeti and look out across the vast plains that stretch from one end of the horizon to the other, you would see an amazing array of animals, plant life, and the interaction between those animals within their natural setting. We call this wild nature. It’s raw. It’s untamed. It’s, well, natural. And in this natural setting we see how the beasts of the field act and react within their surrounding environment. They do what comes natural to them, even if it means hurting another animal.

We too have so many natural tendencies. We can be raw. We can act untamed. We can be hurtful. It’s what we call the sin nature. It is our natural tendency to focus on ourselves, our needs, our wants, our desires; and sometimes we hurt others as we work to achieve our goals without any concern for those around us. Animals really can’t change their nature but we can certainly change ours. We can help our neighbors, we can help the homeless guy by the convenience store, we can even help our enemies.

Maybe it’s time to modify the tendencies that come so naturally.
Maybe it’s time we change the nature of our nature.

“..love your neighbor as yourself..” Lev 19:18