Jesus’ actions strike me as odd sometimes. Continue reading “Finding God In The Eremos”
It’s hard for me to grasp that Jesus loves me.
I can line all the facts up in my brain but my heart still has a hard time seeing the full picture. Part of it is simple awe that the One who breathed out galaxies cares for me. And, that sort of stunned disbelief is obviously rational in this context. Like King David asks in Psalm 8, “What is man that you are mindful of him…?”
But I think my difficulties don’t stem from a proper feeling of awe as much as they do the cultural stereotype of the emotionality of Jesus. Think about it. We often paint Jesus as always even-tempered and calm, even serene. And it doesn’t feel like someone like that could truly and deeply and furiously love me; it feels more like they would just smile at me and pat my head.
I can’t be the only one that feels uncomfortable when the perfectly tranquil Jesus that lurks in the back of our brains is contrasted with the actual Jesus of Nazareth written about in Scripture. The Jesus that was so passionate about honoring his Father that he flipped tables, the Jesus that wept over his dead friend.
Portraying Jesus as emotionlessly tranquil is misleading and needs to be rejected. Not only was Jesus fully man, but he was fully God, and the strongest emotions of Scripture are used when talking about the Father. He is jealous. He is furious. He laughs. He is compassionate.
And He loves.
Thank goodness Jesus is emotional. Thank goodness his emotions are perfect. Thank GOD that he LOVES me.
I was copying Scripture earlier today, a practice that forces me to slow down and think about the words, and this passage from Romans 8 seems particularly fitting to close:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? …No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35, 37-39)”
Merriam-Webster defines ‘meek’ in a few ways including ‘deficient in spirit or courage’ and ‘not violent or strong.’ Even in the face of such definitions, the pop evangelists rush to tell us that meekness does not equate to weakness when looking at Scripture. But what if it does?
And, what if that’s actually a comfort, not a condemnation? Continue reading “Blessed Are The Meek”
David Mathis recently wrote for Desiring God,
“When we lose our wonder, we are prone to wander. The better we know the Old Testament, the more we will stand in awe of Jesus.”
As culture screams at us to work harder, sleep less, and accomplish more, Jefferson Bethke has a very simple response: “To hell with this.”
He’s not being flippant. He means it so literally that he wrote a book about it: To Hell With The Hustle: Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, and Overconnected World. Continue reading “To Hell With The Hustle: What Weary Souls Need To Hear”
George Whitefield, for all his faults and sins, was a man who understood the necessity of a glorified Jesus for humanity. He once proclaimed:
“Let my name be forgotten, let me be trodden under the feet of all men, if Jesus may thereby be glorified.” Continue reading “Humanity Needs Jesus’ Glory, Not Yours”
I am self-sufficient. I have it all together. I am never in need of assistance. Continue reading “Kingdom Economy Turns My Need Into Currency”
When reading through the Gospels, I am often struck with one thought: “Man, the disciples just didn’t get it.” Continue reading “Jesus’ Love For His Clueless Disciples Is Assurance For Us”
Walk through an ancient cemetery and odds are that you will be enthralled with the grim beauty of the buildings around you. Old mausoleums are stately, if for no other reason than their weathered and whitewashed stonework. Yet, no matter how beautiful the tombs in a cemetery look on the outside, you know that to look inside would be a horrifying glimpse of decay and death. Continue reading “The Making of a Walking, Breathing Mausoleum”
We make really, really terrible gods. Continue reading “we make terrible gods”