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Not What You Eat or Wear, but What You Love

“You shall have no other gods before me.”
- Exodus 20:3

Neither clothes nor food nor crowd
Back some years ago a popular advertising slogan warned, “You are what you eat.” The goal was to help people become more conscious of their diets so that they would only eat foods that helped them stay slim and trim.

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What Is He Doing Up There?

After making purification of sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…
- Hebrews 3:3

Tom Waits has a wonderful song called, “What’s He Building in There?” in which he muses over the doings of a mysterious neighbor and the strange lights and sounds that emanate from behind his closed doors.

It’s a song about many things – curiosity, fear, and even wonder. The song has a kind of comedic undercurrent and resolves into nothing except the repeated line, “What’s he building in there?”

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Jesus Is Lord?

“God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
- Acts 2:36

Three lines are running through my brain this morning.

The first is from “Away in a Manger” – “the little Lord Jesus, asleep in the hay” – and reminds me that, even from their youngest years, Christians teach their children to know that Jesus is Lord.

The second is from a praise chorus, not particularly au courant, but probably still sung in certain quarters: “He is Lord, He is Lord, He is risen from the dead and He is Lord…” and so forth.

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The Words of This Life

“Go stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”
- Acts 5:20

The Apostles were looking like anything but men who were free in Christ to live and proclaim “the words of this Life.” After all, they were in jail. Their “religious freedom” had been abruptly cancelled, or, at least, so the religious leaders of Jerusalem supposed.

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The Greatest of These

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three: but the greatest of these is love.
-        1 Corinthians 13:13

 

For love

Let’s review what we know about the divine reasoning behind the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

First, it was for love of the world that God sent His Son to us.

It was in love that he determined to save a people for Himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (Eph. 1:3-14).

Out of love for His disciples Jesus bore with them for three years of companionship and training.

In order to show His love for them He washed their feet.

To prove His love He died for them and for us.

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“Let”?

“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified. Acts 2:26

Nails on a chalkboard
“Let Jesus be the Lord of your life.”

That invitation rakes across my brain like fingernails down a chalk board. It should grate on every one of us, and we should make our distaste and displeasure known.

“Let Jesus be the Lord of your life”? Really? I have the ability to “let” Jesus be King? Do you mean “let” as in a botched tennis serve, such that somehow my failure or unwillingness to “receive” Him as King is obstructing the course of His work and plans?

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