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Not to Be Pitied

I was thinking about the Cross the other day, and the incredible severity of what Jesus went through. Of course, there is the physical pain that He endured — the scourging, the blows with a rod, and the slow, agonizing death of crucifixion. There is the interpersonal aspect, from being betrayed to being abandoned and denied. To top it all off, there is the spiritual trauma, both of bearing the world’s sins and of the terrifying interruption of the divine fellowship of the Trinity. No one in the history of creation has endured the kind of suffering that Jesus did.

When we see this — really see it — it is jarring. It can and should deeply impact our emotions. But there is one response it should not elicit in us: pity. Read the rest of this entry »

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One Person

In the past few days, I’ve been fascinated to think of Jesus as one Person. At first, that sounds like a pretty inane thing to be fascinated by. After all, everyone else I know is only one person apiece, and that doesn’t strike me as the least bit exciting. However, I’ve been thinking about this as it pertains to Jesus’ incarnation.

In Christology, it can be said that there are four main pillars of truth concerning who Jesus is and what His nature is like. They are:

  1. Jesus is fully God
  2. Jesus is fully Man
  3. Jesus has two distinct natures
  4. Jesus is one, unconfused Person

(In fact, if you’ve been reading this blog for a super long time — and have an exceptional memory — you might notice that we’ve discussed these points before.)

So what is the significance of Jesus being one Person? Why put so much emphasis on something that seems so self-evident? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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“Leave Her Alone”

“I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until [she] pleases.” (Song of Solomon 2:7)

My worship team is currently studying through the Song of Solomon together. I was reading through it the other day when this verse struck me. (Note to anyone who happened to stumble across this blog: I am studying Song of Solomon through the classical allegorical interpretation. If you disagree with that, you probably won’t like this post. Fair warning.) 🙂

It’s important to see the context of this verse in order to get a fuller grasp of what it means. And no, I don’t think it is primarily about being a flagship quote for the True Love Waits movement, as much as I appreciate true love waiting. ANYWAY. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2010 in Bible, Intimacy with God, Song of Solomon

 

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Consider Him Who Endured

…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Hebrews 12:1-3, emphasis added)

“Consider Him… lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” I love this verse. Perhaps it isn’t terrifically obvious at first glance how this works. After all, I don’t think anyone walked out of a showing of The Passion of the Christ pumping their fists, ready to take on the world. At least for me, thinking about blood, torture, and humiliation doesn’t generally fire me up for action. So how does considering Jesus’ endurance of suffering give our hearts strength?

There are lots of  potential answers to that question. In fact, there are lots of right answers to that question. But one in particular has been striking my heart lately — and here’s a hint: It’s not about inducing a guilt trip. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Ark! Ark! Ark!

Great. First she drops off the face of the earth for two weeks, now she comes back talking like a seal.

Okay, so let me introduce this post with three points:

1) Schedule-wise, this has been one of my most insane months ever. I apologize for the lack of posting (which, for the record, I was about to call “postage”. Then I realized that meant something else).

2) I will finish writing my thoughts on my previous post (yes, I have in fact started). Hopefully that will be done soon.

3) “Ark”, although it is an effective seal noise, actually means something else in this context. I invite you to read on. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2009 in Bible, Intimacy with God, Knowledge of God

 

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Stepping Outside the Ivory Tower

So I’ve hit a little bit of a vein lately in my studies. I’ve had a while of studying various biblical books and subjects, and seeing good fruit from it, but not having any of it quite arrest me. In the past, I’ve had two key books really grab me and speak to me (Daniel and Malachi), that thrust me into study in such an impassioned way that I could hardly help myself but read and journal and learn as much as I could.

It’s been a little while since I’ve hit this kind of flow. But starting about three nights ago, I think I’ve found my next one. I am still very much working things out, so I don’t feel I should go into it just yet (Hah, how’s that for a cliffhanger?), but I hope to give some space to it in the future. Right now, I’m studying around on different viewpoints, and it’s proving very enlightening. Not necessarily that the argument is becoming mroe clear — but let’s just say I’m learning a lot about applied hermeneutics.

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Posted by on August 7, 2008 in Theology

 

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Prayer: An End in Itself

If you keep up with the comments, you probably saw this topic surface in the discussion of a previous post. But what really prompted me to write this entry was a search term that brought someone to Meditations by Night — a search term which just about knocked me off my chair when I read it. Someone Googled this.

“prayer is a means to an end, not an end”

No, no, no, no… O dear Googler. Bless you, but you know not of what you speak.

If prayer is only a means to an end, I will have to borrow a quote from Paul, “we are of all men most to be pitied.” Read the rest of this entry »

 

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