Friday, April 1, 2011

It Is So Much Bigger than We Realize

What is bigger? The LORDs plan for us, for our world.  I was taken on a side trip today in my studies.

Isaiah 55: 8
 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
      “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

We seem to only see bits and pieces and I am always grateful for that. I do not want the burden of the complete picture 24/7.  However I am also grateful for the little windows he opens to see what His plans for the future are. 

We are heading to Easter and Passover.   As I look at Jesus and his disciples in Luke 22:7-23 I can't help but think of  the 4 feasts of Israel that were fulfilled in Christ and also the fulfillment of the 3 to come.  The following is the link to a site I am enjoying, I am a sharing kind of girl. Just a simplified view of the Feasts of Leviticus 23 and a description of their fulfillment.  If it sounds too heavy, it isn't. It is in your Bible. It is good stuff! "

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Missing Link

What do you think of when you hear the word incomplete?

I think of missing puzzle pieces and unfinished home projects.  The word in itself, for me, conjures up feelings of frustration. A total insight into my personality, I guess.

Reading the passage in Matthew 19:16-24 the young rich man comes to Jesus with an awareness, it seems that something is missing.  He wonders, what is missing? Not wealth, not obedience to the law, he seems to have lived a good life, what else could it be? Why still feel incomplete?

Do you feel that way ever? I know that I am so thankful that we have a built in need to be "completed".  That we were all created with a space that only He could fully furnish.

Look at the word Jesus uses in verse 21.  Most Bibles will say "perfect".  Some will say "complete" because that is the connotation of the word used. The Greek word teleios means mature, lacking nothing necessary for completion, perfect. 

It is a  hard thing to read that full passage and see how deeply sorrowful the young man was when he heard that there was sacrifice involved.

There is every indication in scripture that having faith in Jesus will not make a wide easy road.  But what a privilege to realize that it is ultimately the full sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that covers us in His completion. Not our performance on the road. Woo hoo!

He said it himself from the ultimate altar of sacrifice in John 19:30,  "Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit." This is why we call Him good.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Best 1 Out of 10

What is our response when we are made new ?

Luke 17:11-19

When we find ourselves miraculously healed and made new we should ask ourselves, especially if we are super churched ( born and raised ), is our first response to run to the pastor? The congregation? The ever present Facebook? Or is it to run to our Saviour and fall face down in praise of Him.

What are the odds that we first run to Him?

If we read the passage regarding the lepers in Luke then maybe there's a 10% chance.

Where did the other 9 head off to? Possibly to get their life back in order, to be redeemed in the public eye, to their families that had been lost to them for so many years, or even to "God's house" that they hadn't been accepted into previously.

But Jesus makes the distinction that the one to separate from the pack, to swim against the tide and return to praise Him was a foreigner - a Samaritan. The others, we could assume, were Hebrew. The churched, like many of us, running and leaping towards the house of God when God Himself was even closer.

The main difference between the 9 and the 1? Christ points that out too. Follow me thru these links because each word used has different meanings. All 10 were "cleansed" in the levitical sense. In the physical they were able to present themselves to the priests and be considered pure in the eyes of the law and men. The Samaritan, he saw that he had been "healed"? He noticed the change, that he was whole in body and spirit. Christ said that he was made "well" by his faith. The word shows to not just be physically safe but also saved from Messianic judgment. He was saved!!!

So the question is, what is your response when surrounded by the status quo? Which of the 10 do you want to be? Best in show or one on one with Him?