Today’s Blessing (4.22)

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You would be willing to leave the heavens, to leave Your Glory behind, to leave the ‘safety’ of Your courts – in order to pay the penalty of a broken covenant.

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You willingly and knowingly signed both sides of a contract that You knew we would fail to uphold.

Today is Good Friday – not sure that it got that title until after Sunday – but then again hindsight is 20/20. Soren Kierkegaard once wrote about Good Friday that it isn’t so amazing that G_d in the flesh (Jesus) was able to rise from the dead – rather the amazing part was that we were able to kill G_d! What a fascinating thought…I’m not so sure that we killed G_d as much as He laid down His life for us.

I want to ponder that for a moment…I think we believe that G_d laid down His life on that Friday afternoon…but I’d argue that He laid down His life much earlier in Genesis 15:

12Now when the sun was going down,a deep sleep fell upon Abram…

17It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces.

G_d made a covenant with Abraham to be a blessing to the world, to have many descendants – many nations come from Him…but Abraham would have to sign a Covenant of agreement to do this – G_d had Abraham lay out a blood-path that typically both parties (one on each side of the contract/covenant) would have to walk through to sign – signifying that if either did not live up to their obligation of the covenant that they would become like the animals along the bloodpath – death! Abraham never signed…but G_d signed twice (see verse 17 above) – G_d passed through the bloodpath once for His side and once for ours.

Jesus’ death on the cross was (at least in part) a result of our failure to uphold our side of the covenant that He signed on our behalf.

My prayer today is that we might uphold the covenant and be a blessing to all the people we come into contact with – so that the children of the kingdom can be like the numbers of the stars in the heavens.

So that Today can truly be Good Friday!

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Today’s Blessing (4.14)

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You seek our reconciliation and redemption. That You pursue us through our brokenness. That You see past our imperfections.

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You view us as a potential bride. That You seek a oneness with us. That You are our kinsman redeemer, rescuer, and savior. You are good!

I’ve been feeling a little unsettled lately as the arguments rage in the media over the reality of hell…as if, a G_d-life is not worth pursuing in its own right – without some threat of eternal torture for denying it!

I’m not trying to enter the debate over hell – rather I want to begin the discussion about the beauty, peace, and love that IS a G_d-life. I don’t need a shotgun wedding to Jesus – Jesus is worth marrying because of the beauty of life that He offers…not because if I don’t marry Him the coroner’s office will be digging hell pellets out of my corpse.

Do you find the G_d-life good, wonderful, beautiful, and full of peace? Or do you only live it because the alternative smells of sulfur?