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Thoughts From a Young Man: Every Member

Luke 19:35

And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.

We think highly of the preacher, the court herald, and at times more highly of the guitarist, the court minstrel, we never think much of the valets and mechanics who work to the glory of their King. Oh but here what glory is it to be the valet, the motor pool worker, the stable hand of the Son of God. Oh how highly does he esteem each of us. How significant in his eye is the role that each of us are given! We are vital and honored in the kingdom of God. Oh how blessed is he who holds the door for the Son! We blessed to be in his kingdom. Not because we make music or stand in the podium. These few held the reigns the Son of God, the Christ. Our blessing is being in the kingdom that is the measure of our value and that alone. Christ died that I might live! That is our resounding chorus.

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Thoughts from a Young Man: Blind to Jesus

“Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”” John 9:39

There is amazing depth here. There are many things happening in this passage. We have a classic rebuttal to those who claim Jesus doesn’t judge so the believers should not also. We get an idea of what it means to have spiritual sight. While it takes a bit of focused thought verses 40-41 are testimonies by Jesus himself that those who know nothing of Him and are blind, even those who are so by way of not having a bible, are yet in their sin and guilty. These to whom Jesus is speaking have a wealth of biblical knowledge and still guilty. Their guilt does not arise based on the rejection of knowledge. Their rejection is an evidence of their preexisting guilt (John 3:18-19). Of course we see a group of people, who having Jesus in their midst, claim to have sight and knowledge of the things of God. To these Jesus says you are blind and understand nothing.
The crucial point of the passage is the spiritual sight and Jesus’ relationship to that sight. These here are unwilling to admit, as the blind man who sight was restored by Jesus, that Jesus is worthy of worship. The Pharisees will not even admit that Jesus is from God. They are so bold as to proclaim, seeing clearly, that Jesus was born in sin and was yet a sinner unlike themselves and is not on the mission of God. Their backward statement, “we don’t know where he is from but he is not from God” is tantamount to a proclamation of satanic origin.
What stiles me here is that the focus is around Jesus and who he is, that is the debate. Jesus as a mesa anger of God, God himself, is the central massage of the passage. If we listened to the modern liberals, most of those who claim to have an understanding of God in America today, we would have to HEAR JESUS SAYING,

“You MUST have spiritual sight so that you understand that Buddhism, Islam, Daosim, Anscestor Worship, Judaism and all other manners of false religion are all manifestations of God and should be followed based on your cultural penchants.”

These men were blind and without sight. They thought they knew the way. So, all ways being equal they shouldn’t be be blind should they? Well guess what, tolerance dogma is wrong. All ways are not equal. All ways are not different paths on the same mountain. One must see Jesus high and lifted up as the serpent in the wilderness and believe. Jesus is not arguing for his position among the worlds religions. He is demonstrating his deity, his superiority to all other paths. He alone is or means of salvation from the guilt that we are born into. He alone can remove sin and give perfect righteousness. He gives freely to all who have looked upon him seeing their guilt and believed. It is these who have received sight. Their guilt is removed with their blindness. We preach Christ alone to dying men that they might believe and live.

Thoughts From a Young Man: The Silence of the Father

We speak much, as we should, of the silence of Christ before his murders. Have you stopped to think of the silence of the Father? He himself was walking those paths to the cross watching seeing, knowing feeling, the crushing of the soul of His own son. He Yet was silent. The taunts the jeering, the anger, the vileness, the screaming mocking, reviling hate the foaming mouths screaming profanity not at but at God as he took each staggering step not on the weight of that physical cross but under the weight of your sins on his back. The crushing of your souls was the dying of his soul. We bellowing anger at God Himself. Vomiting forth sin by the lungs full. The wickedness of our hearts. Had we at that moment been able to carry the knife would we have jumped in and slit the throat of God? What kept them from it? The staying had on of God and blood lust to see God tortured just a bit more. This was the path to the Cross.

Why was it so? Why did we pronounce curses of death and damnation on God? Indeed, they sure called down heaven upon the bright and glorious radiance of heaven himself. What foolishness. But Why? Oh for a simple reason; truth. His life was such that light was cast about on our wickedness. His words were such that we saw what we were. His love was such that we see the hypocrisy of what we call love. He worked and lived and spoke in such away that what we call worship and service of a holy God was seen to be what it is “arrogant worship of self and men”. This is GOD HIMSELF. The very creator of those whom hurl abuse at him. They didn’t hurl stones for  if they had they would be morally guilty of his death; the Pharisees were smart enough to see to it that the Romans would bear that guilt before their YHWH. These are the potters blaspheming against the potter. The guilty killer standing before the Judge accusing him of the murder for which he is sentenced. Neigh, it is even simpler it. It is the guilty killer standing before the judge accusing him of being human. They crowded the streets abused the Son of God for being God. It is simply insanity; but what other word best describes sin.

What more could God to than reveal truth? What would you expect of the messiah to be other than one whom would forgive sin, one in whom is the authority to heal, one in whom right and duty to call men to worship God in spirit and truth would rest? Would not the Messiah call men to be honest about what they are? Liars, cheaters, hypocrites, perverts, swindlers, lovers of money, champions of immorality, drunkards, idolators. Would the messiah be the messiah if he said all that hogwash which God hates its fine just remember to give your yearly offerings of crippled useless animals? Just be sure to tell God occasionally that he is wrong and your immorality is good. Just be sure to show up each week to a building with a large group of people sing some pretty little songs that have no weight of meaning which proclaim things about yourself and your devotion to God which are not true. Indeed sing songs to me about your love for a God which, as described in your songs, is not me. Come  extol the goodness of vanity and the goodness of those who hate the cross. What ever you do don’t come honestly facing your depravity your sin and your need of God. This is what our churches and people what these days. It is these things which Christ preached against. He didn’t congratulate the self-loving, self-sufficient, arrogant, Pharisee that mocked the genuine prayers of the poor, sinner around the alter from him. Jesus said that man when away rightly judged, and under wrath and Jesus was honest about it. He said the brokenhearted, contrite man went away forgiven, saved, redeemed, blessed of God. It is that man who will see Gates of that heavenly City that is yet to be joined with earth. This why the people hated him, he helped them, in love, see what they were. He told them of the blessed forgiveness that he would purchase. He told them of the helper who lead them in the works of God. He told them of the new heart the new creation of being born from above. They didn’t want it. That was mystical hogwash; they wanted their sin.

Yet in all this the voice of God is silent. He bore their mocking and spoke not a word. His wrath was withheld. This is not a father who hears of a son being mocked at school or even pummeled by the school bully after the fact. This is a father who watches as the principal, leads the teachers and the students in cheering, jeering, mocking, and taunting his son as the police beat, abusive torture and kill him. This is that and more. This is a Father silent as he himself is in agony of separation from his son. No thunder bolts, no split open earth, no lions in a cave, no bears along the path. There is anger, there is fury, there is wrath but there is mercy, there is love, there is righteousness, the very core of his Character. For those who witness this spectacle and the subsequent resurrection and believe, the see their sins upon the Son, The Christ. Oh what a humbling sight. Paul says we have but one life to live and then the judgement. We have but one life in which we look to the cross for life. To come to God for mercy. For those who having eyes do not see and ears yet do not hear, who look not to Him who is high and lifted up as the serpent in the wilderness, there is an abiding anger, a fury yet unknown. A wrath abides, restrained by the gracious forbearance of a Holy Father, who watched silently as his Son was crushed for the sin of those who scorned him.