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Easter: It’s More

Every year around this time, we can count on bumper-sticker-worthy quips and sermonettes reminding us that Easter is about more than egg-laying bunnies and candy. Most people–even if they don’t believe it–have heard this. So I’ll trust that we’re all on the same page here, and move on to what’s been occupying my heart this pre-dawn Easter morning.

Easter is more.

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For Future Reference: “May Have” Does not Equal “Most Realistic”

Seen on Fox News; Paul Verhoeven, the director of “Basic Instinct” and “The Terminator”, is publishing a biography about Jesus which he claims is the most realistic one ever released. In fact, he titles it Jesus of Nazareth: A Realistic Portrait. 

One major premise of the book is that the “Virgin Mary may have been a rape victim” under the oppression of Roman rule, and that’s how Jesus was born. Note the “may have.” Perhaps. Maybe. Hypothetically speaking. In unproven theory.

Tell me how this is the most realistic portrayal of Jesus ever published? “May have”? Someone took a guess?

I suppose I can understand why an unbelieving person would find it necessary to edit out Jesus’ supernatural birth. After all, accepting Him to be virgin-born also requires accepting Him as God, which is unthinkable to many people. I suppose I can understand why Verhoeven’s assertion would be considered “more realistic” if you view life through a paradigm which does not allow for miracles of any kind. People have been attacking Jesus’ birth narrative for centuries; this idea is really not that surprising. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Another Reason the Kingdom is for the Childlike

Have you ever seen two babies interacting together? There are three little guys and one little gal on the KC NightWatch right now. I love seeing when two parents will bring their babies together, and just watch their faces. Their little eyes are wide, and excited squeals ensue. It’s as if they’d never seen another baby before. In a world full of giant, grown-up people who can walk and talk and feed themselves and do all sorts of things that a six-month-old can’t yet understand, it must be terribly exciting to meet someone else your own size. I can just imagine the thrill of finding another little person who is learning and experiencing the world for the first time, just like yourself.

As I was watching one of these exchanges today, I was struck with Jesus’ exhortation for us to become like little children. We grown-ups have gotten so used to living among people that we have ceased to be delighted by them. C.S. Lewis once said something to the effect that, if we were to see each other as we will be in eternity, we would be tempted to worship each other. I think of how, in the age to come, we will be able to fully appreciate the wonderful creation of God — each other. I can’t wait until the body of Christ is glorified, and my eyes are finally opened to the full beauty God has placed in every saint. Just think about it: even someone who tries your patience now will be a blast to be around in the age to come. When all of our inner issues are settled and the sin nature is done away with, we will be able to fully appreciate each other for who we are.

But I don’t want to wait until then. I want to get a glimpse of that now, even with people I already like and appreciate, but especially with people who are at odds with me. I know my dim little eyes haven’t seen the half of what God has built into this wonderful Body of Christ, but I want to see. I want to begin loving and delighting in people with new eyes… to see them as Jesus sees them… to see them with the eyes of a little child.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2008 in Eternity, Heart Stuff, Intimacy with God

 

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