Posts Tagged ‘Christian’

Son of god“Son of God” opens Friday, February 28. See it!

Jesus was not a small group leader with 12 followers…he was a rock star and came to Jerusalem as THE MESSIAH with a huge following. The populace rolled out the red carpet and screamed, “Hosanna!” Yet, he surrendered to the Jewish religious leaders and Romans without a word or a fight. They executed him.

To the amazement of Jerusalem, he returned and said, “I am the Son of God, whom you crucified. Repent and love one another!”

Then he proved he was THE MESSIAH by establishing his kingdom HERE, NOW, in our hearts–love one another”

Tr8: Believe in Jesus, love one another and live!

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, suggested Jesus was either a lunatic OR indeed, the Son of God.

love scriptureJesus is standing before his disciples and others in a conference room in the public library in Capernaum. They are wrapping up  DiscipleShipConference.

Jesus: So, now you know why I’m not putting anything in writing.

Peter: Got it. You want us to behave like you, not become a bunch of Pharisees arguing about what’s right and wrong.

Jesus: Absolutely. It’s important that you behave. Love God and love one another. That’s it. Total deal. The whole tamale. I’m more concerned about what you do than what you believe.

John: We know and believe in your love, Jesus.

Jesus: If you love me, love one another — even your enemies.

James (Jesus’ brother): Isn’t it important to have faith?

Jesus: Of course, but where is faith without love?

James: So, faith without actions is pointless.

Jesus: Correct. Faith without actions is dead.

Judas (winking): I believe you are our redeemer. I’ve 30 denarius that says Jerusalem will be free of Romans in our lifetime!

Disciples (standing): Here! Here! To Jesus, the Messiah!

Jesus (holding up his hands, shaking his head): Sit back down — my kingdom is not of this world. Here it is: I want you to LOVE Romans, not fight them. The kingdom is in your behavior.

John (thoughtfully): You’re not going to liberate Jerusalem, huh?

Jesus: Yes and no. My love will deliver all who come to me and follow my example — like you guys. The Pharisees and lawyers are looking for a King of the Jews to sit on David’s throne and rule according to the Law of Moses. That’s not happening.

John: But isn’t it important that we believe?

Jesus: There’s a problem with believing as a measure of righteousness. That’s why I’m not writing stuff down — it would become a checklist deliniating ‘us’ and ‘them’ instantly. Listen: THERE IS NO THEM.

Peter: Because love covers a multitude of sins. Our love operates in spite of sin.

Jesus: Upon this rock I’ll build my church! You are blessed to be living now. In 1500 years a guy named Luther will reform “Christians” by using scripture and writings instead of my love to resolve a church dispute. The Diet of Worms — a church council — will kick him out of the church. In fact, it’ll be in your church, Peter. He’ll start another one in protest.  That’ll bring on the Reformation and Protestants. ‘Believers’ of the Word will eclipse doers of the Word. Many in the church, on both sides, will forget love comes first.

Andrew: So, some of these “Christians” are going to become Pharisees?

Jesus: That about sums it up. I’m teaching, ‘Behave according to my love.’ Reformers will teach, ‘Believe according to Scripture.’ It’s unbelievably subtle. My behaviors will be in the Scripture, but the emphasis will get warped. Beware! Keep the tension right — the Scripture comes from inspired men piecing together revealed grace and truth, but I AM the fullness of grace and truth.

John: …the fullness of grace and truth…love is the key, right?

Jesus: Yes, love is the key. If you love God and others as I do, your beliefs will grow up just fine.

Tr8: Love God and others unconditionally. Scripture shows us how to behave.

life in the fast lane

Posted: February 10, 2013 in Serious, Truth and Grace
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Pray fast

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Isaiah 58:6-12

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peter and swordJesus is meeting with his disciples in the upper room at Mary’s house in Jerusalem. They’ve had their feet washed, broken bread, drunk wine and Judas has gone to get the Temple guards to grab Jesus at Gethsemane.

Jesus (a little tense): Okay, guys. my time is running out. I’m about to be betrayed and turned over to the Romans. They’re going to drag me away, beat me and kill me, but I’ll be back. It’s glorification time.

Peter (adamantly): No way! I’ll get a sword. They’ll get you over my dead body!

Jesus (holding up his hands): Chill, Peter. You’ll be swearing you don’t know me by tomorrow morning. It’ll be terribly difficult — my time has come — where I’m going you can’t go, but I’ll come back. I just have one last thing you need to know before I go.

Peter (pounding the table): it’s not gonna hap….

Jesus (frowning at Peter): Peter. I’ve a new commandment for you.

The disciples grow silent and attentive, but Peter is rummaging around trying to find a sword.

Jesus (Exasperated): Peter! (pause) Okay, here’s the deal: Love one another as I have loved you. By this, the world will know you are my disciples — love one another. That’s it. Love others. Any questions?

Peter (rusty sword in hand): Ha! Found one! So, where’ya’goin?

Jesus (rolling his eyes): Peter. Put. Away. Your. Sword.

Peter (intensely): Seriously, where’ya’goin?

Jesus: Rock. Settle down. We’re goin to Gethsemane and we’ll pray. Come with me, now.  Peter, repeat after me: love one another.

Peter: Love one another. Okay. Here we go! I’ve got a sword and I’m ready to do your will. Let’s go!

Jesus(sighing): For Pete’s sake. Okay, let’s go.

Tr8: Love one another. That’s how the world knows who we are.

Based on John 13:31-38

“Seriously, she can be so in-your-face. You should quit her and find a younger, smarter, and nicer bride.”

“W8 a minute, Geppetto, you’re sk8ing on thin eyes. You’re talkin’ about my future wife! Show some respect!”

While nobody has a clear definition of “Christian” (see last post), we do have a fairly clear idea of what “church” means. It’s where all the Christians get together to be separ8. The church IS full of screwed-up people, but it is the church. The body and bride of Christ.

It may not be perfect (yet), but its his. And he loves her.

We shouldn’t be ripping on the Bride of Christ, but AS the Bride of Christ we should concentr8 on Him. We may not be the spouse we should be, but we should be working on it IN the church, gathering, fellowship, ecclesia, or whatever.

The people on the outside of the church can gripe as they wish. However, they may be sk8ing on thin eyes–they don’t know what they’re seeing and run the risk of offending Christ. But, we, inside the church, should pay attention to those gripes because they indic8 how well we are being Christ’s bride.

There’s the tension again–we’re messed up, but divine. The church is redeemed and sinful. Today’s tr8 is keeping the good and bad tensions of the church balanced as we sk8 toward being more like Christ.

I’m not always pleased with the church, but I’m not displeased with being a part of it.

When the wedding finally comes, I don’t want to be outside griping about the bride.