Lent / 20.03.2019

Think about the lonely places from heaven’s perspective. Father God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit had perfect union, closeness, and intimacy. But Jesus left heaven to come to earth as a man. This means for the first time we know of, heaven was without Jesus. God the Father and His only Son Jesus were not together in heaven. Things weren’t the same. There was now a new kind of distance between the two of them. Jesus, The Word, was now limited in a way he never had been before. He had to grow in His understanding. He got tired and...

Lent / 19.03.2019

This Scripture has many juxtaposing ideas. Jesus sought out lonely places to find relationship. What an odd thought. And yet, it was the bedrock of Jesus’s ministry. First, the “Holy Spirit led him into the wilderness”. Scripture says that it was there that “his strength would be revealed against the accuser.” (Matt 4:1) As a practice in his time on earth, Jesus continued to withdraw. He pulled away from the crowd, the busyness, and the comforts that he had with the disciples and those he loved in order to go after something else. He withdrew from the many in...

Lent / 15.03.2019

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. What? The Son of Man. The King of Kings. I am. Yahweh. Emmanuel. The Messiah. Came to serve…and give his life as a ransom for many? These words made no sense to the disciples. A king was separated and above the needs and groans and frailties of his people. He would be in a mansion. He would have guards. And a just and righteous king would set things right, through force if need be. So it’s no surprise that...

Lent / 14.03.2019

When we hear the word “king,” we usually see an image of a wealthy overlord sitting in luxury, being served by all of his underlings. He may be kind and create justice for his kingdom, he may be harsh and create great suffering, but he is always waited on hand and foot because he has the most powerful position in all the land....