He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. (Isaiah 53:9, NIV)–This is about Jesus.
Jesus said, ‘It is accomplished’; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit. (John 19:30, Jerusalem Bible)
The Imitation of Christ was originally written in the Middle Ages by a monk, Thomas A. Kempis. It’s mind blowing devotional literature, to use the modern expression, but firmly in keeping with the essence of the best Christian devotional literature that points to God.Continue reading “The Imitation of Christ”
I put on a song called “Endless” that was released in 1994 and is sung by Eric Champion. It’s about God’s endless love. As I listened, I may not know a lot about God’s love, but I got to thinking about the godhead, that I believe God is three persons in one, and are bound together by love. But I have a question. Some of us believe that God is in heaven in there persons. The second person is God the Son, who was known as Jesus when he was on earth. So, I wondered what happened to the godhead, when the Son of God (or Jesus), the second person in the godhead, came to earth? In heaven, where there were three persons in the godhead, were there now only two? I suppose this is a common theological question for students and others. I think the common answer is that Jesus was always spiritually and divinely connected with God even when he was on earth. There was no disconnection. From his conception, Jesus was one with God. He had an unbroken relationship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, the other two persons in the godhead. So, God was still God, there persons in one.
The passage I mulled over recently seemed to be the inspiration for a classic movie title, but it is not really. By-passing that entirely, let me get to the point: the verse that stood out for me the most. Of course, all of the passage is beautiful, but one verse tended to illuminate something for me:
[The men and women who are worthy to rise from death] will be like angels and cannot die. They are the sons of God, because they have risen from death. Luke 20:36 (Good News Bible)
Being worthy. That’s the point for me. The New Testament teaches that theContinue reading “Being worthy”