As we journey through this life, many things happen. If certain events or a person does not live up to our expectations, we can loose perspective and become unsettled. Yet God is there with us and draws us ever so close.
At the empty tomb opposites collide. Earth and heaven, darkness and light, mourning and gladness, blindness and sight, hate and love, temporary and eternal. Let us go back in time, to that moment at the empty tomb. It is Sunday. Just two days ago they had crucified our Lord.
At the cross opposites collide. Earth and heaven, death and life, humanity and God, shame and honour, bondage and freedom, suffering and salvation. Let us go back in time, to that moment at the cross. It is Friday. Today is preparation day, the day before the special Passover sabbath.
In the garden opposites collide. Earth and heaven, evil and good, humanity and God, self will and God’s will, bondage and freedom, surrender and victory. Let us go back in time to that moment in the garden at the foot of the mountain.
Why was the Apostle Paul so convinced that nothing could separate us from the love of God? Journey together with the Apostle Paul and God’s word to receive a greater revelation of God’s love for you.
The players of this drama are Jesus a Jew and a Samaritan woman. Prejudices and shame govern society. She thirsts and is alone. Then Jesus walks into her loneliness with Living Water and everything changes.
A gift given for no other reason than because one so loves is very special. Given without any expectation of anything in return. It is an expression of an unconditional love. Today this Christmas we will unwrap the greatest gift of all given out of the greatest love of all.
Jesus knows His time has come to leave this world and return to God the Father. He will carry the full force of human brokenness, depravity and shame. Suffer public humiliation, torture and pain. Through a total violation of all cultural boundaries He was about to demonstrate the love of the servant king.
The evil powers use fear to deceive and control people. Fear makes people act out of selfish ambition and traps them in a web of lies. It is not of God. When fear comes knocking on our door, we can look to Jesus and His love for us. As a result fear has no place in our life. What God had blessed no one could curse.
The creator of heaven and earth and all things good is not a master controller up there in heaven manipulating people and situations for His own gain. That is the way of humanity. Yet even in the darkness God is still working, continually pursuing in love, both the good and the bad. This is the tale of two kings.
Destiny is determined by who we choose to identify ourselves with and become one with. Follow the journey of a loving Father who has chosen a bride for his son. Would she say yes and leave her home, her family and all that meant so much to her? Who would she choose to have her identity with?