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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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It’s not the thing itself that’s small…

“…It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)

This is one of those verses that I’ve done way too much skimming through. I’ve read it before; in fact, I’ve read it many times. I’ve heard it preached. I could probably almost quote it. And yet, it was only a few days ago that it really struck me.

Israel is a pretty small slice of the globe. If you look at an atlas, it can be easy to see why, “Well, of course it’s too small a thing for Him to be a light to them alone. There’s so much more planet to think about.” But have you considered what it takes to “restore the preserved ones of Israel”?

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Word of Life Meeting 15

Well, there were only two of us today, but we had a good time. We’re discussing chapter 10, which is about Jesus’ death. Most of what we discussed today was about Jesus’ humility, and the purpose of His suffering.

Jesus’ humility is absoutely stunning. I don’t care how much thought you’ve given it in the past; there’s always more room to go back and marvel again. He is eternal God. He needed nothing; He was completely happy and self-sufficient within the Trinity. Yet He wanted to express His love to humanity, so He created us. He emotionally invested Himself in us. He gave us free will, knowing we would do hurtful things to Him with it, and He did it anyway. He didn’t shut His heart to us. That’s humble.

Not only did He create us out of love and humility, He then became one of us. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Meeting 9

This meeting has seriously become a high point of my week. I love this group and I love this topic!

Today we talked about chapter 5 of Word of Life, “The Manner of God’s Coming.” It is an entire chapter dedicated to the virgin birth of Christ.  I have to admit, when I saw the topic of this chapter, I thought to myself, “But we already spent four or five weeks talking about the Incarnation — shouldn’t this be covered already?

Not quite. There are many layers of significance in the fact that Jesus chose to be born in such a unique way. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Something for which to be Thankful

With Thanksgiving come and gone, I have had some time to take stock of what I’m thankful for. Many things come to mind. There are the basics of life that God has been so faithful to provide for. There are the people in my family whom I love dearly and who have been such a place of safety and support for me all my life. There are my excellent comrades here at the House of Prayer, whose company I have particularly enjoyed over turkey dinner… and turkey dinner again… and leftovers. There is the fact that God has set me as a “watchman on the wall,” getting to spend my life before Him in prayer and service.

Yet because of the studying I’ve been doing lately in Christology, one thing is standing out to me above all. Perhaps it sounds a bit cliche. Perhaps it sounds a bit religious. But I can’t help myself; it’s completely blowing me away this year. I’m thankful that God became a Man.

Meditating on the book of John has been absolutely undoing me. Who is Jesus that He would become so utterly humble, so near to us? What kind of pure humility and love does it take for the uncreated God to assume human flesh forever? What kind of beautiful Sovereign would voluntarily constrain Himself to the body of a baby, coming into the world through the messy and common avenue of birth? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2007 in Bible, Gospel of John, Heart Stuff

 

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Word of Life Bible Study – Meeting 6

So after a two-week hiatus, we’re back. This week we discussed the first half of chapter 4, since we just found so much to talk about that we didn’t make it through all of the material. Between a really fruitful discussion and a little need for reading-catch up, we’re going to pick up next week right where we left off.

This chapter mainly focuses on Jesus’ humanity. Much of what we discussed today centered around the Incarnation — a stunning truth in and of itself. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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