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Our Suffering Servant

What comes out of I Corinthians 15 causes me to look back to the ancient.  I Corinthians 15 looks back to Jesus’ life.  Isaiah 53 looked forward to the Messiah, Jesus.

As interpreted in the Message version of the Old Testament:

1  53 Who believes what we’ve heard and seen?
Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?
2–6  The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
on him, on him.
7–9  He was beaten, he was tortured,
but he didn’t say a word.
Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered
and like a sheep being sheared,
he took it all in silence.
Justice miscarried, and he was led off—
and did anyone really know what was happening?
He died without a thought for his own welfare,
beaten bloody for the sins of my people.
They buried him with the wicked,
threw him in a grave with a rich man,
Even though he’d never hurt a soul
or said one word that wasn’t true.
10  Still, it’s what God had in mind all along,
to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him.
11–12  Out of that terrible travail of soul,
he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it.
Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant,
will make many “righteous ones,”
as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly—
the best of everything, the highest honors—
Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch,
because he embraced the company of the lowest.
He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many,
he took up the cause of all the black sheep.

 

Actors in Silence, the Movie

Strong Cup of Coffee +

Benedictus

67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,Image result for zacharias luke 2

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
    for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
    and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74     that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
    in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    whereby the sunrise shall visit us[h] from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

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Men Together

Brad’s Story

Die to Live!

Who am I in Reality?

From the greatest sermon ever taught at any time, any place in the whole earth for all time.

As phrased by Peterson in the Message:

1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

I take from this that we apprentices need special training, support and affirmation.  Yes, we need all this for what lies ahead of us.

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“At the end of your rope!” How many times have I experienced that.  What God has taught me when in the midst IS that this is NOT the end of the rope or road. Because God is with me there in every situation I ALWAYS have a next step and as He guides I take it and beauty unfolds.  “Beauty” can be deliverance from a horrible or traumatic situation.    Read more of this post

How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life

Image: Chad Kirkland

became a Christian on July 7, 2015, after a very pleasant adult life of firm atheism. I’ve found myself telling “the Nicole Cliffe: How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Lifestory” when people ask me about it—slightly tweaked for my audience, of course. When talking to non-theists, I do a lot of shrugging and “Crazy, right? Nothing has changed, though!” When talking to other Christians, it’s more, “Obviously it’s been very beautiful, and I am utterly changed by it.” But the story has gotten a little away from me in the telling.

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Eva’s Story

I’ve seen two journey stories in the last couple of days depicting travels from no theism to know what a relationship with Jesus, the Messiah means.   These stories happen to be from women and they remind me of CS Lewis’ story which I will repost because it has been years since I’ve reviewed his story.

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They Did This to Your Savior!

…they did this to my Savior!