"Everything eventually fades away, apart from Jesus Christ" - Frank Viola.
I do not know how He does it, but He sure does captivate me. He continues to inspire and invigorate me. His impressiveness never declines or stays stagnant. It keeps progressing, never having an end.
Jesus was well acquainted with grief and sorrow. He knew what it meant to be despised, oppressed and rejected; many threw His precious gifts in His face. He understood what it meant to be betrayed, brutally beaten, scorned and mocked. Jesus knew how it felt to be undermined and underestimated...The real question is whether or not we are capable of accepting the truth of what God has said while we go through brutal suffering and unimaginable pain.
...As far as Lord Jesus was concerned, His gospel was the most important message anyone could ever be concerned with. The message demanded absolute commitment. No demand from oneself, parents, siblings, spouses, or any associates, far or near was expected to supersede the allegiance to this cause...
Some people call the name "Jesus" as mere exclamation. Check the movies. Listen to the local conversations and you find out this is true. Some even call The Name in mockery. What about the weird combinations of words such as "holy shit" or "holy f*ck"? What do these words have in common? Could it be …
If the Father did this, what else would He not do? This is assurance in the midst of the storms.
Reflections on the post: “Undeserved”
Love came down from high above
From heights beyond any human had known
In realms Pure, Noble, invisible
Sat the Holy One, the King Eternal, Immortal, Invincible
His Glory filled all the heavens
Streams of fire flowed from His Presence
The Lord, Majestic in Power and Splendor
Both in praise, worship, thanks- what great Dominion
His Glory dimmed the brightest stars
They all were shadows in His Light
His Power, unquestionably the Highest Might
What Majestic sight, what Grand Delight
Now, this is all too much for me
Why this Great One will care to see
A mortal, man, someone like me
So weak and pale, somewhat a flea
He looked upon all He had made
And settled for a human shade
What am I that You regard me?
A son of man, You visit him?
I am weak, You are All-Strong
You are All-Right, I’m oft wrong
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If there ever was a man who was deeply concerned about 'all-round-freedom' for the human race, this man was Jesus Christ. A great part of His ministry was spent giving people freedom. Hundreds of years before His birth, a prophet spoke clearly about the purpose the Messiah will fulfill (Isaiah 61:1-3). Lord Jesus spoke these very words about Himself in Luke 4:18-19: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." Lord Jesus did not take oppression lightly and whenever He saw a case, He was always willing to bring freedom to the oppressed. This is expressed clearly in Acts 10:38: "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
Jesus stood for the New Creature, a special breed, foreign to earth and made in Heaven. This species run on divine fuel, with innate power to unify both heaven and earth. They are the light of the world that is plunged in the darkness of hate and prejudice. They are the salt of the earth, the peace makers, bridging the gap between God and man and between man and man.
Grace does not just refer to receiving a privilege you could never deserve; it also means being empowered to live above the corruption, foes and perversion of the system from which you have received undeserved pardon.
Jesus sat in the midst of a multitude, some persons were deeply engrossed in His words, others, mesmerized by His works. Apart from being human, nothing else about Him seemed human. He taught with such wisdom that the most learned in the nation marveled at His words and wondered what the source of His wisdom …