I had seen this video before but it still made me laugh this time around. I thought it appropriate to share today since it is a chilly 16 degrees (F) outside. The sun did peek out for a short time today in between some light snow. Hope you are staying warm!
Jesus Replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head. Luke 9:58
Rich Mullins wrote a song some years ago that said, “And You did not have a home, there were places You visited frequently…but You did not have a home…birds have nests, foxes have dens, but the hope of the whole world rests on the shoulders of a homeless man.”
I’ve been thinking about the definition of a sojourner today and by my own description of myself (Sojourner is myÂ e-mail/screen name) I am only a temporary resident. I’m just passing through. Just like Jesus. He came to do a job, he never planned to stay. He came to go to the cross to show us the depth of the Father’s love. He was “homeless” by choice as He left His home in heaven to sojourn upon the earth. What an example He set!
I will exalt you, my God and King: I will praise your name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Ps 145:1-5
“The wonder of the cross shall be my meditation.*”Â I’ve loved the this song and particularly this opening line from the first time that I heard it. I’ve been thinking a great deal about the meditations of the heart recently. Sometimes, I find myself trusting in my own strength, rather than in the indwelling power of Christ, simply because I am not meditating on Him but instead I’m thinking about me. What do I need to do today? How am I going to accomplish this or that. How am I….
The simple truth is that if I want to make the right choices, if I want people to see Christ in me overflowing from me, then I must let Christ be my mediation. Fixing my eyes on Jesus, wrapping my thoughts constantly in His truth, the reminders of His goodness, the evidences of his grace. So today, the wonder of the cross and of the One who loved his enemies enough to die for them shall be my meditation.
*The Wonder of Your Cross, Robin Mark, Revival in Belfast II
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down…Since ancient times no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:1a,4
This week as I reflected about the sacrifice of the cross I thought of all the years that passed after the exile from the garden spent waiting for redemption to arrive. I read about Simeon and Anna waiting in the temple to see God’s promised redeemer. Imagine them, these two individuals symbolic of so many people, their very lives spent waiting, yearning to see the one who would bring forgiveness. And as I thought of the cross I was again awed by the sacrifice and the love of the Savior. How amazing that we have a God who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him! God, whose love is so personal and so deep that He gave His Son for our Redemption.
I also reflected on of Isaiah 65 where God says that He revealed himself to those who did not ask for him and was found by a people who did not seek Him. And I thought about Hungary, a people who do not know Him, and of all those who do not seek Him. And I pray that even these people, who are not looking for Him, that they will find redemption in His name.
A friend sent me a CD and I’ve been listening to it over and over and contemplating the truths revealed. Most of you know that I God designed me to grasp truth in a deep way through music and allegory. The song that has been on my heart this week is by Caedmon’s Call and it says, “Can you tell me the story, of all of your Glory, and your rising again. ‘Cause I’m in love with the mystery, of how our sad history, can turn out for good.”
A godly man once told me that when he is old and dying that he doesn’t want people to tell him that everything will be ok, but he wants them to tell him the story of Jesus. This week it was so good to bask in the story of the Redeemer. To see the ugliness, the hatred, the rebellion, the perversions and the bitterness of man compared to the unfailing love of God. To see the love so deep, the mercy so rich and free, the grace that is greater than all my sin. “Can you tell me the story? I need to hear it again. I need to hear it again.”
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. This life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
This week has been crazy, busy and emotional. I am so thankful for the life of Christ in me that carries me.
Casting Crowns has a song on their new album that has been my theme this week:
“If you asked me to leave,
out of my boat on the crashing waves,
if you asked me to go,
preach to a lost world that Jesus saves,
I’ll go but I can not go alone.
‘Cause I know I’m nothing on my own.
But the power of Christ in me makes me strong,
makes me strong.
‘Cause when I am weak, you make me strong.
When I am blind, you shine your light on me.
‘Cause I’ll never get by living on my own ability.
How refreshing to know you don’t need me.
How amazing to find that you want me.
So I’ll stand on your truth
and I’ll fight with your strength,
until you bring the victory.
By the Power of Christ in me.”