Sunday, April 12, 2009

He said...

Behold, I make all things new.....Rev. 21:5
...that meant me... II Cor. 5:17

He promised...
"I am coming again, to receive you unto myself... "John 14:3

What more could I ask for...
You make life worth living, Lord, and then I'll cast my crowns at your precious feet.

I love this holy day more than any other! It is the most important day of my life, I could never have had any hope of a new life , in this life, or hereafter apart from this glorious day!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

His Agony and Our Fellowship

"Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, tarry ye here, and watch with Me." Matthew 26:36, 38

We can never fathom the agony in Gethsemane, but at least we need not misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and Man in one, face to face with sin. We know nothing about Gethsemane in personal experience. Gethsemane and Calvary stand for something unique; they are the gateway into Life for us.

It was not the death on the cross that Jesus feared in Gethsemane; He stated most emphatically that He came on purpose to die. In Gethsemane He feared lest He might not get through as Son of Man. He would get through as Son of God - Satan could not touch Him there; but Satan's onslaught was that He would get through as an isolated Figure only; and that would mean that He could be no Saviour. Read the record of the agony in the light of the temptation: "Then the devil leaveth Him for a season." In Gethsemane Satan came back and was again overthrown. Satan's final onslaught against our Lord as Son of Man is in Gethsemane.

The agony in Gethsemane is the agony of the Son of God in fulfilling His destiny as the Saviour of the world. The veil is drawn aside to reveal all it cost Him to make it possible for us to become sons of God. His agony is the basis of the simplicity of our salvation. The Cross of Christ is a triumph for the Son of Man. It was not only a sign that Our Lord had triumphed, but that He had triumphed to save the human race. Every human being can get through into the presence of God now because of what the Son of Man went through.~

~Oswald ChambersMy Utmost for His Highest


"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree." 1 Peter 2:24

The Cross of Jesus is the revelation of God's judgment on sin. Never tolerate the idea of martyrdom about the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations of hell were shaken. There is nothing more certain in Time or Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross: He switched the whole of the human race back into a right relationship with God. He made Redemption the basis of human life, that is, He made a way for every son of man to get into communion with God.

The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it. He is "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." The whole meaning of the Incarnation is the Cross. Beware of separating God manifest in the flesh from the Son becoming sin. The Incarnation was for the purpose of Redemption. God became incarnate for the purpose of putting away sin; not for the purpose of Self-realization. The Cross is the centre of Time and of Eternity, the answer to the enigmas of both.

The Cross is not the cross of a man but the Cross of God, and the Cross of God can never be realized in human experience. The Cross is the exhibition of the nature of God, the gateway whereby any individual of the human race can enter into union with God. When we get to the Cross, we do not go through it; we abide in the life to which the Cross is the gateway.

The centre of salvation is the Cross of Jesus, and the reason it is so easy to obtain salvation is because it cost God so much. The Cross is the point where God and sinful man merge with a crash and the way to life is opened - but the crash is on the heart of God. ~ O. Chambers

Friday, April 3, 2009

For a Special Son

Happy 18th Frank!
There is no sweeter mystery
than a son,
You hold him,
fast asleep in your arms,
and wonder
what he's dreaming.

You watch him at play,
his imagination taking him
someplace you can't
quite follow...

You see his interests, his tastes,
his talents taking shape,
all the while guessing
at what he's thinking.

You look at the man
he's grown up to be
and marvel at how everything
came together through God's goodness,
to make Him who he is.

You see in him so much
you always hoped for,
so much you never could have dreamed...
And it's all a part of your love for him.
It's all a part of why
you're so proud
to have him for a son.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Gathered in His Arms

I AM the Alpha and Omega, the first and last.
~ Rev 1 :11

What must it have been like for the Apostle John to hear the great voice, bold and musically clear as a trumpet announcing these words?
This is the New Testament echo of that glorious word in the Old Testament:
The Lord will go before you! The God of Israel will be your rear guard !
~Is 52:12
In one translation of the Bible it is: "For your Vanguard is the Lord, and your Rear-gaurd the God of Israel."
Alph and Omega. Vanguard and Rear-guard.
No wonder that, over and over again, in one form or another, the Lord says to us : "Fear not!"| and "Do not let your your hearts be troubled." (John 14:1)
He who begins finishes. He who leads us on, follows behind to deal in love with our poor attempts...
He gathers up the things we have dropped-our fallen resolutions, our mistakes...He makes His blessed pardon to flow over our sins til they are utterly washed away. And He turns to fight the Enemy, who would pursue after us, to destroy us from behind.
He is first, and he is last!
And we are gathered up in between, as in great arms of eternal lovingkindness.
As we trave on to another day, another month, or another year we need never fear!

~Edges of His Ways ~Amy Carmichael

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Deserter or Disciple?

From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more —John 6:66

When God, by His Spirit through His Word, gives you a clear vision of His will, you must "walk in the light" of that vision ( 1 John 1:7 ). Even though your mind and soul may be thrilled by it, if you don’t "walk in the light" of it you will sink to a level of bondage never envisioned by our Lord. Mentally disobeying the "heavenly vision" ( Acts 26:19 ) will make you a slave to ideas and views that are completely foreign to Jesus Christ. Don’t look at someone else and say, "Well, if he can have those views and prosper, why can’t I?" You have to "walk in the light" of the vision that has been given to you. Don’t compare yourself with others or judge them— that is between God and them. When you find that one of your favorite and strongly held views clashes with the "heavenly vision," do not begin to debate it. If you do, a sense of property and personal right will emerge in you— things on which Jesus placed no value. He was against these things as being the root of everything foreign to Himself— ". . . for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses" ( Luke 12:15 ). If we don’t see and understand this, it is because we are ignoring the underlying principles of our Lord’s teaching.

Our tendency is to lie back and bask in the memory of the wonderful experience we had when God revealed His will to us. But if a New Testament standard is revealed to us by the light of God, and we don’t try to measure up, or even feel inclined to do so, then we begin to backslide. It means your conscience does not respond to the truth. You can never be the same after the unveiling of a truth. That moment marks you as one who either continues on with even more devotion as a disciple of Jesus Christ, or as one who turns to go back as a deserter.

~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest