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Loving, Giving, Saving

There is a critical truth that many Christians can quote, but not nearly as many actually think about. It’s easily dismissed as “that thing we learned in Sunday School,” considered so elementary that it’s now trivial. Sometimes we even roll our eyes at it, because it’s showing up on yet another cheesy bumper sticker or sandwich-board sign. But in reality, it is one of the deepest, most profound revelations in Scripture.

I’m speaking, of course, of John 3:16.

I’ve been meditating through the book of John for our Christology Bible study, and have been stuck on John 3:16 for a little while. Here on Christmas Eve, it only seems appropriate to take some time and write about it. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, God giving us His only Son, I’ve loved looking at what that entails and what it says about His heart. What I’m about to share with you is only a little bit of what I’ve been journaling in the prayer room — I definitely encourage you to take this verse and run with it on your own, and see how it hits your heart.

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John 3 is Starting to Make Sense!… Sort of.

So while meditating on the Gospel of John, I’ve run into chapter 3. There is some weighty, powerful stuff in John 3. “God so loved the world…” Go think about that one for a few years. No, I’m serious.

However, as cool and significant as John 3 is, it has also been a bit intimidating to me for a long time. I would read it, scratch my head a little, feel a bit excited in my spirit, but not having a very clear idea of what was happening. One of the things that has perplexed me for awhile was Jesus’ seeming ADD throughout the conversation. Depending on how you read it, it can seem like He disregards Nicodemus’ questions entirely to preach about whatever happened to be in His head at the moment. I mean, right off the bat, Nicodemus gives Him a compliment, and Jesus returns the favor by stating that he can’t enter the kingdom of God yet.

However, a little adjustment in how I think of Nicodemus has changed all of that for me. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2007 in Bible, Gospel of John, Theology

 

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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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Happy IDPPJ, everyone…

…that is, the International Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem. IDPPJ fits better in the title, though.

You can read a little bit about the Day of Prayer here. It’s today, October 7th, with millions (literally) of Christians around the world joining together to ask God for the peace of Jerusalem (see Psalm 122:6).

Something to remember is that the peace we’re praying for is more than just a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2007 in Bible, Intercession, Revival, Theology

 

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