Look What God Does In Our Praise!

It’s been one of those nights.  I awoke a little after 3:00 a.m. and was filled with thoughts of grace running through my head.  (I am preparing for a sermon, or talk, for Tres Dias and did a word study on grace — so I am full of thoughts on grace.)  What do I do when I can’t sleep and these thoughts run through my mind without end?  I think, “It must be time to get up and work on that talk.  As I sat down to get started, that still, small voice whispered to go back to Psalms before you get started.  Uh, Ok.

I was directed to Psalm 9, specifically, the first 3 verses.  I’ll present them here for your reference, but as always, I encourage you to read on your own as well.   All of Psalm 9 is good stuff!

1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish before your presence.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ps 9:1–3). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

As I read this passage, I had this visual image in my head of a warrior running into battle against an overwhelming foe.  The sight of the warrior was not set on the foe in front of him, but on a good God.  The sight of the warrior was not on something he could not overcome, but on a loving, heavenly Father that would overcome for him.  Setting his sights on Him, the warrior charges against the foe!  He doesn’t need to charge far or long.

The next thing that happens is unexplainable.  The foe that seemed so overwhelming a moment ago, sees something different about the warrior.  They see an even more overwhelming light and are no longer a united army, but individuals divided by distraction.  In response to this distraction of overwhelming light, the enemy army turns to run.  (The Message actually uses the words “turned tail and ran”.)   When they turned to run from the warrior, they were confronted with something even more overwhelming.  They no longer saw the light that reflected off the warrior’s armor, but the actual source of the light that the warrior saw all along.  Blinded, they stumble and lash out in every direction, eyes closed.  In that blind lashing, they destroy each other.

In the end, all the warrior had to do was thank and praise a good, good Father and know the source of his strength.

That vision happened in a matter of seconds in my head.   I was immediately drawn to a scripture that gives this vision/image a backing in history.  In 2 Chronicles, chapter 20, King Jehoshaphat (I love that name, it’s fun to say out loud!) is informed that there is a multi-nation army gathering against Judah and they weren’t far away!  Jehoshaphat’s immediate reaction was to be afraid.  However, he didn’t turn and run, he declared a nationwide fast to seek help from the Lord.  He gathered the people together and prayed, declaring the greatness of God, remembering and listing God’s past victories for Judah.  And finally asking for help against the gathering armies.  (Stop! Go back and read those three verses again and notice the parallels in Jehoshaphat’s reaction and the psalmist’s words.)

While Jehoshaphat was praying, the Holy Spirit began to speak through someone in the crowd (Jahaziel) telling everyone not to be afraid, the battle is not yours, but God’s.  Then, they fell to the ground and worshipped as a nation.

The next morning, Jehoshaphat, with renewed strength, stood and encouraged the nation “Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established…”  So he has gathered the nation together and his only battle cry was “gather the singers together, get dressed in garments of praise and sing”:

“Give thanks to the Lord,
for his steadfast love endures forever.”

As they began to sing and praise, the Bible says the Lord set an ambush against the armies, and they destroyed each other.  Bam! Battle won! And all Judah had to do was sing and praise a good, good Father!

Final thought:  What overwhelming armies gather in our lives today?  What is so threatening in our life that our initial reaction is fear?  Our good God is more than powerful enough to overcome them.  We can’t be the ones to turn and run.  We need to stand, dressed in our armour (check out Ephesians 6), and first know Whose battle it is, then sing, praise, and worship the One who will be victorious over the overwhelming enemies in our lives!  Our triune God is more overwhelming than anything enemies can bring to the battle!!!  Bam!  Battle won!

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My God, My Shield and Jawbreaker

In my study in the book of Psalms, I’ve been parked on Psalm 3 for the last couple days.  Rich!  This blog is a little different in that I will be sharing a little bit of the way I study and meditate.  You can read it straight through, or follow along the meditation.  It will take you a bit longer to do the latter.

Side note:  Today’s Hebrew lesson — In general, David is associated with the authorship of Psalms.  When we see, “A psalm of David,” we tend to think he wrote it.  However, the phrase “of David” does not necessarily indicate authorship.  In Hebrew this phrase is written לְדָוִ֑ד (ledawid). The לְ (lamedh) added before David’s name is a preposition and can mean “about”, “by”, “for”, or “to.” It can be translated as anyone of those prepositions.  Does any of this matter?  Not in the bigger picture, I just think it’s interesting.   The bottom line is this:  Psalm 3 was written about, by, for, or to David in a time of trouble; and, it was written either by the man with the heart, or by someone who knew his heart.  (In the words of Sean Connery in “The Untouchables,”  “Thus endeth the lesson.”)

Back to the meat…

Today, I am using the text from the Lexham English Bible.  I like this translation because it keeps the Name of God, יְ֭הוָה, or Yahweh, in the text.  Most translations that we read today replace His Name with “The Lord.”   I like that too because it follows the Hebrew tradition of saying Adonai in place of Yahweh.  But for this Psalm, I think it is very impactful to realize, and internalize, that it is the Great I Am who is our shield and protector.  Read on.

For reference, here is the entire text of Psalm 3:

3 A psalm of David at his fleeing from the presence of Absalom, his son.
Yahweh, how many are my enemies;
many are rising against me.
Many are saying about my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him from God. Selah
But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me,
my glory and the one who lifts up my head.
With my voice I call to Yahweh
and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah
I lay down and slept;
I woke up because Yahweh sustains me.
I am not afraid of the ten thousands of people
who all around have set themselves against me.
Rise up, O Yahweh; deliver me, O my God;
for you strike all my enemies on the cheek.
The teeth of the wicked you break.
To Yahweh belongs deliverance;
may your blessing be over your people. Selah

Harris, W. H., III, Ritzema, E., Brannan, R., Mangum, D., Dunham, J., Reimer, J. A., & Wierenga, M. (Eds.). (2012). The Lexham English Bible (Ps 3:title–8). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Now that we’ve read Psalms 3 in its entirety, let’s go back together.  Read it with me, as I have been the last couple of days.  Wherever we read “Selah,” pause in silence and meditate on your own.  Afterwards, continue reading and I will share a portion of my meditation on that section.

3 A psalm of David at his fleeing from the presence of Absalom, his son.
Yahweh, how many are my enemies;
many are rising against me.
Many are saying about my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him from God. Selah

Meditate…

Lord, I have so many things that come against me, enemies of my soul that want to steal my attention from You.  I don’t have people armies seeking my life like David did when running from Absalom, but I have enemies that want to chase me from Your presence.  They want to distract me so I will refocus my attention on everything but You till I get to the point where I could say “You can’t deliver me, I might as well be lost and defeated.”  The enemies rising against me are many:

  • Myself and false notions of my identity
  • Misguided and/or misdirected relationship
  • Idols that I create without thinking about it
  • Unnecessary distractions that I allow to pervade my life
  • Things (luxuries, technology, possessions…)
  • Lack of contentment with the “Things” You have provided
  • Personal stuff that doesn’t need to go into this blog… 🙂
  • This list is obviously longer, but you get the idea…

We all have lists of enemies that distract us from a deeper relationship with God.  No matter how deep we go in that relationship, there is always a throng of enemies that wants to break that relationship and get us to say, “There is no salvation (ESV) in God.”  Infact, sometimes it seems the deeper we go, the greater the throng.  But there is hope!  Let’s continue reading:

But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me,
my glory and the one who lifts up my head.
With my voice I call to Yahweh
and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah

Meditate…

Amidst these enemies and their attacks, I call out to You.   You don’t hesitate;  You come down from Your throne to rescue me.  Despite the enemies that surround me and want to distract me, God, You have other plans.  Though I see these enemies and sometimes allow them to distract my focus away from You, You come in like a mighty Warrior and set up a barrier around me with Your very Being.   You become an impenetrable fortress that allows me to get closer to You, to feel safe and secure amidst the enemies that pursue me.  In that safety, You pause and get close enough to me to take my face in Your hands and lift my head to look into Your eyes.   You bring my focus back into perspective.  In Your eyes, I see the reflection of how You see me.

This is the every scripturally present, “But God…”  Thank Him that He always provides that life changing conjunction (but).  It get’s better…

I lay down and slept;
I woke up because Yahweh sustains me.
I am not afraid of the ten thousands of people
who all around have set themselves against me.
Rise up, O Yahweh; deliver me, O my God;
for you strike all my enemies on the cheek.
The teeth of the wicked you break.
To Yahweh belongs deliverance;
may your blessing be over your people. Selah

Meditate…

Because You have shown me how You see me in the reflection of Your eyes, I can rest in confidence.   I don’t have to worry about the pursuit of those enemies, for I am protected, safe in Your presence.  Even though my enemies are so many that I cannot count them, even though there are enemies I can see and enemies I cannot see and don’t know about yet, I am safe… safe enough to fall asleep and know that I will awake from that sleep, rested, because of Your shield about me.

Lord, You have given me rest and I am safe in Your presence.  I am willing to go to battle, but these enemies are more that I can handle.  Lord, I know that You will rise up and defeat these enemies for me, just as You did for David and countless other sons before me.  You can defeat them with a single blow.   You can defeat them with such force that Your single blow will send them flying, knocking out their teeth so they have nothing with which to bite into me ever again!

Lord, the battle is Yours.  The victory is Yours.  Because You have delivered me, bless those I meet through Your Holy Spirit working in me.  Allow me to be a blessing to those I meet and share Your blessing in their lives.  Amen!  Selah

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Let Me Tell You What God Said Next

Several days ago, I started a new Bible study.  Initially, I was going to do a study on the Corinthian books, but before I cracked open the text (or better clicked open), God said to me, “Nope, I want you in the book of Psalms.  I want you to rediscover your identity in Me.  So go there.   We are going to have a great time.  Wait and see.”

So I started at the beginning.  I figured working my way through Psalms, a Psalm at a time, or even several verses in a Psalm would be the best way.  (Listen… listen… listen… Yep, that will work.)  So I spent some time in the Psalm 1.  It introduces the entire Psalter so it deserved me spending some time there.   Not to glaze over its significance, but for brevity’s sake, I’ll summarize its meaning.  Psalm 1 describes the character of the righteous and of the wicked.  It describes the fate of each.   Then, it concludes by describing the Lord’s role in each fate.

OK, I got it; so I moved on to Psalm 2 this morning.  Another short Psalm, so I thought I could tackle it in one morning…

2 1 Why do the nations rage
and the people plot in vain?

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.

Verses 1-6 are beautiful and I encourage you to spend time there.  The focus of this blog, however, are verses 7-9.   They read:

7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ps 2:9). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Those verses stopped me in my tracks.

(Before I go on, for all you Bible scholars, I know that this is a Messianic Psalm that is speaking of Jesus and pointing to Him.  I also know that the Holy Spirit uses the scripture to speak directly to us.  I also know (even more so now), that I am a son of God, a joint heir with Christ.   I am not the Messiah, but I am a son, so what follows is truth according to the Holy Spirit speaking to me.)

7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.

The Lord decrees that I am His son!  Wow!  At the beginning of this study, the Lord said to me, “I want you to rediscover your identity in Me…”  It didn’t take Him long to affirm that I am heading down the right path.  It didn’t take Him long to show me who I am in Him and what He wants to do in my life.  (To myself: Now don’t forget that Todd, as you are so often prone to do!!!)

As I often do in a study, I do a parallel comparison of different versions.  When I read the same verses in The Message, they read:

Let me tell you what God said next.
He said, “You’re my son,
And today is your birthday.
What do you want? Name it:
Nations as a present? continents as a prize?
You can command them all to dance for you,
Or throw them out with tomorrow’s trash.”
Peterson, E. H. The Message: the Bible in contemporary language. (2005). (Ps 2:7–9). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

What words of encouragement!  If that doesn’t make me want to grab hold of my Daddy’s hand and hang closer to Him, I don’t know what will.  “You’re my son”.  Thanks Dad!!!  I’ll take the nations and the ends of the earth.  But first, can we just start with my household?  In fact, can we just start with the household of my heart?  Yep, that sounds like a plan.   Let’s get that cleaned up and walking in Your righteousness, then I’ll take a neighborhood, a county, a state, a nation, and whatever else You want to give me.

Lord, you have (re)planted a seed in this heart that I am Your son.  As I continue to work my way through this study in Psalms, help me to learn the depths of what that means.  Just as David and the other Psalmists learned from You, teach me to understand the wonders of being Your son.  And for those who happen upon this blog, teach them that they are sons and daughters of the Most High God — a Daddy that wants to give them the world.  Thank You for Your Word and the encouragement it brings to our lives!  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Thorns and Thistles of Grace

I’ve been writing in other contexts/venues lately and realized… “Hey, I’m paying $$ for this blog site, so I should probably take advantage of it.” I can share those other writings here too! Sometimes, I need to be hit in the head with a big rock to wake up.

A couple of weeks ago, I delivered a message on the Thorns and Thistles of Grace, in part inspired by this article a dear friend shared with me.  The message ended up being a two part message, the first focusing on a different twist (thorns and thistles) of God’s grace, and the second focusing on what God’s grace is not.  For this post, I want to focus on the former.

In general, I think we tend to think of God’s grace as a New Testament idea — probably because His grace is made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ.  Sometimes, we forget that His grace is a foundational part of God’s character: It is part of who He is.  One of the premier illustrations of God’s grace in the New Testament is Jesus’ parable of the lost sons (prodigal).  (That can be a multiple posts, so we won’t go there for now – go read it.)  Grace is not just a New Testament idea.  God’s grace is poured lavishly throughout His word.

Two of my favorite OT verses are Jeremiah 29:11 and Isaiah 1:18:

Jeremiah 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Isaiah 1:18:
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.

My intent here is not to take these verses out of context.  In context, they are bookended with the disobedience of Israel.  And that, is precisely what illustrates God’s grace in these verses.  From a human perspective, these verses don’t make sense.  They are illogical.  And yet, God declares despite your failings, disobedience, and rebellion, I have good plans for you.  Come, let me show you my reasoning.   I will take your sin and wash them away.”  That is grace.  Undeserved.  Unearned.

Another Old Testament passage that illustrates God’s grace is the story of David and Bathsheba found in 2 Samuel 11-12.  What?  In this history, David’s sins are numerous and severe.  God could have cut David down in a way similar to how Saul was treated, but God knew David’s heart and how he would respond.  Knowing that David would repent, God sent Nathan to tell the story of a wealthy man and a poor man.  (Go read 2 Samuel 12 for context.)  David responded with repentance.  Sure there were consequences to David’s actions (there always are), but like the lost son, David was restored to a place and status that he really didn’t deserve.  That is grace.

That brings us to the thorns and thistles of this message.  The context for this comes from Genesis 3.  In the following verses we enter at the tail end of God describing the results and curses of disobedience.

Genesis 3:17-19:
17 And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.

First, it is important to note that this is not a curse God is placing on Adam.  He did not say “because you listened to your wife, I curse you.”  Look carefully,  “because you listened to your wife…, cursed is the ground because of you.”  The cursed ground is a direct result/consequence of Adam’s actions.  It is important to note that just prior to these verses, God sends Adam and Eve from the garden because there is another tree, the Tree of Life, in the garden that God did not want them to eat from and become eternal creatures in a fallen state.  Grace.

Now jump forward to Moses on Mount Horeb.  Tending sheep, he came upon the burning bush.  The word that we typically translate as “bush” is the Hebrew word סְנֶה, Pronounced seneh.  This word means “thorny bush” or “briar”.  Here, God is encompassing the curse brought on by Adam and carrying that image forward into His plan of redeeming the Hebrew children.

And finally, jump forward to Pilate’s courtyard where several Roman soldiers have taken a branch of thorns and twisted it into a mock crown so that they could mock this King of the Jews and spit on Him.  Here is God, through Christ, consuming the thorns of the curse so that humankind  could be redeemed and restored to a right relationship with the Father.  Grace!

Does grace make sense?  Not from our perspective.  To God, it is part of who He is.  Was grace free?  Yes!  Cheap? Heavens No!!! Deservered? No, unmerited!  (More on these last two in my next post.)

As you read through the Word, Old and New Testament, I encourage you to find the grace of God in ways that you have not seen before.  If grace is a part of His character, you will find it in surprising and unexpected ways.

All Verses taken from:
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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He is sovereign!

OK,  I get it.  Not blogged since the middle of the year 2014.   No excuse other than traveling and laziness.  Thus endeth the blatant lame excuse!

So, I am driving home from a wonderful 87th birthday dinner celebration for my Beautiful Princess of God’s (i.e., Wife’s) father, and I hear the song “I can only Imagine” by Mercy Me.   Great song!  Makes you think.  Then God laid this on my ears…  Hey Todd, think about the galaxy (I hadn’t looked at my blog since the last post), there are 2 billion stars in your galaxy.   There are at least 350 billion galaxies that we know about with billions of stars in them.  When God said (spoke), “Let there be Light,” that creation was born.   And last night He said, “Todd, I know each one of those stars by name.”

So, I still love the song, but now my thought is “I Can’t Begin to Imagine!”  I can’t even begin to comprehend a God that creates a vast universe so He can demonstrate his love for me…  WOW!!!  When he says “My ways are higher than yours, my thoughts are higher than yours,” that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface.   I can’t begin to imagine!  When we’ve been there 10,000 years, we’ve only just begun and with a God that says “Let there Be light” and the universe happens, I know we will never be distracted being in His presence!  There will never be a “Squirrel!” moment!!!  🙂

Bottom line, God is bigger than anything life can through at me and He is sovereign.  He is sovereign! He is sovereign! He is sovereign! He is sovereign!

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Is God Bigger than a Mack Truck?

OK, stupid title.  Just playing off the somewhat old adage of “If you had a direct confrontation with a Mack truck, do you think you would look different?  Is Jesus bigger than a Mack truck?”   I don’t think I need to explain that any further.

About a week ago, a good friend suggested I read the book “#The Explicit Gospel” by Matt Chandler.  So before my flight to Nashville this week I grabbed it at Amazon and downloaded it to my Kindle app.  Bam… set to read on the plane segments.  This is one of those books that will be a little controversial, a little confrontational, and probably a little bit in your face.  But then, “The Explicit Gospel” is presenting the Gospel and the Gospel is all of those things and more.

I don’t want to rehash Pastor Chandler’s book (I encourage you to read it for yourself!  It’s worth the time.), but I do want to focus a bit on how he presents God in the first chapter of the book.  Sometimes we put God in this nice little box that fits into our life so we can go about our daily routine and not be interrupted by Who He is.  But, that is not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.   That is not the Creator of all that is.  At some point during my reading of that first chapter, I was reminded of a cute little joke about some scientist who had come to challenge God saying they could create life just like He did.   So God accepted the challenge.  He met the scientists, bent down and picked up some dirt and formed it into a man and breathed life into him.  God said, “OK, your turn.”  The scientist began to dig up some dirt and God said, “No, go make your own dirt.”

God spoke creation into being.  He didn’t create from things that already existed.  He created by the power of His Word!  When I do a little research with my favorite friend Google and look up “How many galaxies are there?”  The most common answer is 100-200 billion (yes BILLION) galaxies — each with 200 to 400 billion stars — and some super computer model has estimated that there are 500+ billion galaxies out there.  Then I think about the Word and God knowing each star by name.   I can’t get my head around that math.  So, Pastor Chandler mentions the vastness of the universe then takes things down into the micro level.  Colossians talks about Christ, in His being, holds us together (go google Lou Giglio and Laminin for some more science fun).  The point is, God knows every cell of our body; He numbers the hairs on our head (thankfully at 50, I still have most of mine).

When I put these two thoughts together, the trinity, the persons of God are more incomprehensible than I can begin to image — thus wrapped in the scripture (Isaiah 55:9) “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  I can’t even begin to comprehend His being.  He is so big that he encompasses the billions of galaxies, knows each of the billions of stars in the billions of galaxies by name, holds me together by His being, and knows every cell in my body and numbers the hairs on my head.  He is able to know and comprehend the largest of large, but hold together the very cells that make up my earthly body.  No words can begin to describe that.  No thoughts can begin to come close to understanding that.

He created THIS for His glory.  So yes, without bringing the Gospel any further into this discussion (God willing, I will be doing that in the coming months.  I need to start writing again.), to answer the question, God is bigger than a Mack truck and we can’t walk away from an impact with Him and not leave looking different, being completely and utterly changed.

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Jesus Christ: Fully God, Fully Human

While I understand the Trinity in my head-knowledge, wrapping my heart around the triune God, is sometimes a struggle.  I get the doctrine.  I get the theological arguments.  But, when it gets right down to it and think of Jesus walking this earth and living a perfect life, I find myself thinking “well of course He could do it right, duh, He’s God,” and I sometimes forget the part about Him being fully human.  Then, I ran by this little nugget of a Resurrection Sunday video (The Fifth Cup) by The Skit Guys.  In the video, it talks about how part of Israel’s celebration of  the Passover (Seder) included pouring glasses of wine.  Four cups were filled to represent the promises of God in delivering the the Hebrew children from slavery.  The first four cups represented:

  1. Sanctification
  2. Redemption
  3. Deliverance
  4. Protection

But there was also a fifth cup, and it represents the perfect wrath of a perfectly just God.  The video talks about how that cup, while we fully deserve to drink from/of it, was never intended for us, but for God, in the person of Jesus Christ, and this, before the foundations of the Earth were laid!

Now fast-forward about 1531 years from the first passover to a seen just outside the walls of the city of Jerusalem — the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed the prayer…

“Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass by…”  This was the fifth cup… the cup of God’s perfect wrath filled from a perfectly just God.  Christ, as the human Son of God, fully human, did not want to drink that cup of wrath.  If there were any other way, the fully human part of the trinity wanted with all desperation to avoid it.  So much so that the intensity of His prayer caused Him to sweat blood!  The fullness of His humanity met the fullness of His divinity in this moment, “but not by my will (human),  but by Your will (Divine).”

We are able to fully see Christ’s humanity in the draw of His flesh, but the perseverance in submitting to the will of His Father in accepting the task laid before Him.  He drank full of the fifth cup for MY sake.  Took upon Himself, in the fulness of humanity, the fullness of my sin and the wrath intended for me.  He wanted the cup to pass by Him in the garden of Gethsemane, but drank it in, for me, on the Cross of Calvary, on the hill of Golgotha!  Burying my sins forever in the tomb, separating them from me as far as the east is from the west.

But the story doesn’t end there… Three days later, he rose from death and defeated death, the the end result of my sin.  (That is a whole other post.)

The bottom line… So often we think in terms of the divinity of Jesus and think, “it was easy for Him; He is God after all.”  But, in that second garden (in the first garden, man failed, in the second garden, the Son of man succeeded), a God who felt all of the tugs of human flesh succeeded and satisfied the requirements for justice from a perfectly just God.

Lord God, Thank You for the plan You set in place “before the foundations of the earth where laid.”  Thank You for Your Son who, fully human, followed Your will despite the draws of the fullness of His humanity.  And, thank You for the insights You give through the gifts of Your faithful followers.  

Have you had and encounter with Christ where He demonstrated the  fullness of His humanity and fullness of His Divinity?  Please Share…

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