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Jesus is fully Man – the Davidic King

When Unprofitable Servants are Served

If you read this blog, I imagine you have been keeping up with the awakening meetings taking place at IHOP-KC. If by some remarkable chance you haven’t heard, the Holy Spirit has been moving on us (especially on our student body) in an unusual way lately. You can watch live meetings Wednesday-Sunday, starting at 6pm (Central), as well as watch some amazing archives and testimonies, at www.ihop.org/watch.

You can read the explanation of what is going on at the IHOP website. Plus, you can go read a couple of great posts by Zack Hensley and Randy Bohlender  with some further thoughts on the meetings. As I consider what has already been said, along with what could be said, and how much I’m still trying to get my own bearings on things right now, it is hard to decide how to write about this. At one level, I have to say something — we are having healings, deliverances, and salvations breaking out after all — but at another level, what can I say? (Except for: “Seriously folks, if you haven’t tuned in to any of it yet, get on www.ihop.org/watch sometime this Wed-Sunday.”)

This has something to do with the pronounced lack of blog posts so far this month.

Yet as I was reading through the book of Luke recently, I was struck with two passages that exactly speak to what I’ve been feeling about this season of awakening. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enjoying Jesus’ sense of humor again…

I wasn’t planning on writing a part two to this post, but as I continue to write on Luke 24, it continues to flip me out. I love the way Jesus deals with His disciples post-resurrection.

So we left off last time with Cleopas and the unnamed disciple booking it back to Jerusalem to report that they had actually eaten dinner with Jesus. They arrive back to find the eleven apostles all abuzz with the news, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon [probably Simon Peter, see 1Cor 15:5]”! So Peter had seen Him, and the apostles were convinced that Jesus was really alive.

This must have been tremendously exciting news to the two from Emmaus. “No kidding! Peter saw Him, too? You’ll never believe the road trip we just had…”

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Alive and Well, PLUS a Sense of Humor

It’s been fun for me to be working on our Luke commentary on chapter 24, about the resurrection of Jesus, on Easter Sunday. I didn’t plan it that way, but it worked out awfully well.

Can I just say how much I love how Jesus showed up to His disciples on the road to Emmaus? He could have shown up in a blaze of heavenly glory, knocking them to the ground a la Saul of Tarsus, and upbraided them for their unbelief. Yet He showed up in hiddenness — their eyes were divinely restrained, so as not to recognize Him — and He asked them questions. Questions that are really funny from an outside view. We, who have the benefit of knowing what’s going on, get to smile at watching two very well-meaning, confused disciples trying to tell the resurrected Lord all about His tragic death. What kind of God does this?

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It Pleased the Father

I was working on editing our Luke commentary, specifically, Luke 22 and the prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. It’s an awesome, heart-wrenching, worship-inspiring scene; the Son is on His knees, praying fervently for deliverance if possible, but willing to endure unthinkable pain and sorrow if that’s the Father’s will.

And it made me wonder how, in light of this scene, we can ever think of an angry, unfeeling God.

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Another Snippet from Luke

I want to finish up my “So what are you going to do…” posts soon, but I’m not feeling well right now and am a bit too fuzzy-brained to write. Check that… a lot too fuzzy-brained.

However, I’m still plugging away at our FSM commentary project with what minimal brainpower I’ve got, and thought I’d share another excerpt. This is a little mix of both Sarah-Beth and CJ, with me editing it together — a three-for-one deal. 🙂 It’s on the Lord’s Supper in Luke 22.

 At dinnertime, Jesus and His apostles reclined at the table. Jesus said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you…” (22:15). The first word translated “desire” is the Greek word epithumia, meaning a desire, craving, or longing. It is most often used to refer to evil desires, and is frequently translated as lust.  This word carries the negative connotation of longing for what is forbidden. The second occurrence of the word “desire” is a translation of the Greek word epithumeo, which is used to describe a longing for something which is good and right.

What Jesus is saying is that which He desired to have, He could not, because it was forbidden. God created humans with the intention of having communion with them. However, when we sinned and yoked ourselves with darkness, we could no longer have free access to God. What fellowship does light have with darkness (2Cor 6:14)—how can a holy God allow wickedness in His presence? As things stood in the creative order, God could not have that which He desired (epithumia). Yet His love was so deep that He desired (epithumeo) to make it right, good, and acceptable for Him to again have unhindered fellowship with humanity. He gave His own holy and royal blood for a sinful wicked harlot (Hos 1:2), so that she could be His bride (Rev 22:9). It was a baffling exchange: His death for our life, His descent for our exaltation, His humiliation for our eternal glory. This was His great desire. This longing to celebrate this final Passover caused the Lord no little pain, yet He nonetheless was intensely desirous to demonstrate His love upon that cross. 

 

Green Foothills and Great White Peaks

This is an excerpt from Alexander Maclaren, an author who I stumbled across on www.ccel.org while I was looking for commentaries on Luke. The more I read his stuff, the more I like what he has to say. This is from his book, Expositions on Holy Scripture: Luke, on his comments on the parable of the minas in Luke 19. He discusses the significance of our temporal lives in relation to our eternal inheritance, and I’m still having fun chewing on his perspective. Enjoy. Especially check out the last sentence.

But I pass from that aspect of the words before us to the other, which, I suppose, is rather to be kept in view, in which the faithfulness in a very little points to the smallness of this present, as measured against that infinite future to which it conducts. Much has been said upon that subject, which is very antagonistic to the real ideas of Christianity. Life here, and this present, have been depreciated unduly, untruly, and unthankfully. And harm has been done, not only to the men who accept that estimate, but to the world that scoffs at it. There is nothing in the Bible, which is at all
in sympathy with the so-called religious depreciation of the present, but there is this—‘the things that are seen are temporal; the things that are unseen are eternal.’ The lower hills look high when beheld from the flat plain that stretches on this side of them; but, if the mist lifts, the great white peaks come out beyond them, glittering in the sunshine, and with the untrodden snows on their inaccessible pinnacles; and nobody thinks about the green foothills, with the flowers upon them, any more. Brethren, think away the mist, for you can, and open your eyes, and see the snow-clad hills of eternity, and then you will understand how low is the elevation of the heights in the foreground. The greatness of the future makes the present little, but the little present is great, because its littleness is the parent of the great future.

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Maclaren, Alexander, Expositions on Holy Scripture: Luke. Grand Rapids, Christian Classics Etherial Library. Page 291

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2007 in Bible, Gospel of Luke, Theology

 

Whose Side are You on, Anyway?

Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” (Luke 12:13-14)

We’ve already looked at this passage as it relates to the parable immediately following it and the issue of covetousness. But I was enjoying this account tonight for a different reason — seeing that Jesus does not choose sides. Ever.

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Posted by on March 14, 2007 in Bible, Gospel of Luke