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Good Friday: The Buffalo. March 29, 2013

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Good Friday is like a buffalo in the middle of a trail you’re hiking on. Ignoring it and going on your way, as well as throwing yourself into it, is a bad idea.

No; we respect the buffalo.

Likewise, thinking about the gory and bloody death of Jesus on the cross (especially how He died in OUR place) is not an easy topic. However, it is the rock on which we stand. Through that cross, we have salvation and life.

Is it hard to see that God payed the ultimate price to free us? Yes. Is it mentally painful to know that your sin did that to him? Yes. But remember John 3:16–God loved the world in such a way that He gave His son, that whoever believes in Him won’t die, but have eternal life.

Hear that? Our guilt doesn’t have to remain! Our God doesn’t keep obsessive records of our every deed. Jesus conquered death and freed us from that obsessive record-keeping. Now, we have family. We have identity. We are healed.

Have an observant Good Friday. May God bless our hearts.

 

What’s up with Communion? March 27, 2013

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It’s Holy Week.

It’s Holy Week, and tomorrow is Maundy Thursday.

It’s Holy Week, and tomorrow is Maundy Thursday, and this “Lent” thing is about to take an interesting turn.

Do you know why? Tomorrow, in church, you’ll hear about one of the greatest paradoxes the church has ever seen.

Communion.

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

If you think about the words of Jesus, you’ll see the reason that people call Christianity a crazy religion. Jesus gave us His body and blood to eat and drink. If it were anyone but Jesus doing this, we’d think cannibalism.

See, communion raises questions. “Why do we do this anyway? Do we just eat, drink, and be merry?”

For this, we look to 1 Corinthians 11:

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

Hey, look, there are actually answers to our questions in the Bible! Gee, this whole “Inspired by God” thing comes in handy.

To sum up the above passage:

  1. We take communion because Jesus told us to do it.
  2. Taking communion helps us to remember Christ sacrificing His body for us and dying (and, more importantly, coming back to life!).
  3. Taking communion involves repenting of the sins which we have committed. this is because Christians receive forgiveness through communion, and we accept forgiveness by realizing our need for it.

Have an observant Holy Week, everyone!

 

Be a Donkey March 22, 2013

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This Sunday’s Palm Sunday. In the reading, you’ll hear about Jesus riding into town on a donkey.

Did you know that animals can sense an earthquake a bit before it actually happens?

Maybe the donkey knew that it was carrying the Son of God. Perhaps it received a feeling that Jesus wasn’t an ordinary guy. It might have felt the waves of the entry before the earth shook and the temple tore in two as Jesus conquered death. Maybe it didn’t. But I’d give so much to be in the awe of that moment.

Scratch that. I’d give so much to be that donkey and carry my Lord. He is my yolk. I know that by accepting him and holding him in my heart, he will hold me all of my life and accept me at the gates of heaven. If someone asked you to serve Jesus in such a way, what would you say? Some would say yes. Others would say no; what if you messed up and did something wrong for God? But truly, I tell you that we don’t need to fear. We come with nothing, and to Jesus, that is enough.

Jerusalem was the final frontier for Jesus. Jerusalem–the city that killed prophets. How ironic that Jesus came into Jerusalem knowing he would be crucified. What kind of fear would race through your mind?

Praise Jesus for his might and ability to overcome!

 

 
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