Love on Display

What an amazing truth that Jesus prayed for us before we were even born!

Hearing Jesus petition his Father for restoration of the deep love they shared before the creation of the world allows us to hear about a love far beyond our comprehension. And Jesus doesn’t just tell us of his love, he demonstrates it.

When Jesus saw the crowd following him, he had compassion on them and healed their sick (Matt 14:14). When Jesus saw Mary weeping, he wept. The Jews said, “See how he loved him!”(John 11:35, 36). “Jesus looked at him [the rich young man] and loved him” (Mark 10:21). And the final display of compassion was his love payment for our sin at Golgotha.

Do you begin to feel a new depth in Jesus’s love for you as you realize that when he prayed before he went to the cross, he was already praying that we would know how deeply his Father loves us (John 17:23). Further in his high priestly prayer, Jesus wanted God’s love to be in his followers, “that the love you have for me may be in them” (v 26).

So when we are in need of being loved and valued, listen to how he prayed for us because the Father loved us from eternity past. Jesus prayed we’ll know that love God has for us. If we feel unloved and deserted, let’s be comforted as we hear Jesus pray for us from a heart full of an eternal love.

If you want to feel Jesus’ love flood your heart, please read John 17. Jesus’ words will change your life!

Beyond Memorial Day

Memorial Day

What does it mean? For many who lost sons, brothers, fathers or uncles in the war it is a time to remember.

For others who had sons, brothers, fathers or uncles who fought and came home it means a time to be thankful.

For me as a believer, it means that besides human sacrifice there is one who gave His life for me, not on the battlefield but on the cross, so that I could live eternally. What a beautiful time of remembrance and thankfulness.

My wife’s uncles, Emil and Bill, served in World War I from 1917-1918. And they sang the song When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again. Her brother Vernon served in the US Army in Germany in World War II from 1943-1945 and he sang White Cliffs of Dover and When the Lights Go On Again. My brothers JC and Glenn served in the US Navy and US Air Force in Korea and Viet Nam during both of those wars. And they sang Tie a Yellow Ribbon.

The battles still rage across the earth but there is no song that we sing in America today; just lethargy about our freedoms.

However, the spiritual battle is the Lord’s and He has given his life and He is the victor. We have read the back of the Book! John 8:36 promises “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Take time to thank God for your relatives who served in the military over the years. And be very sure to thank our Lord Jesus for serving and giving his life that we might live for eternity. Our glorious song can be Faith Is the Victory.

Haiku Images

I thought you might appreciate reading through the Haiku Cluster that the judges thought were worthy of first place winner in the competition. All of the haiku spring from the Scriptures related as listed.

Appropriate for the Easter season is “To say ‘I love you’ God sent a cross.” The truth that we are co-heirs with the eternal Godhead is incomprehensible, but the Scriptures certainly remind us how rich we are in Christ.

If a haiku or two moves you and you would like to share your thoughts, I would love to meditate on them with you.
I bequeath to you,                                                                   Romans 8:17a
every sunrise I’ve painted,
all originals. -God

Adam, while you slept,                                                           Genesis 2:21-22
God slipped Eve into your bed,
then he left, smiling.

To say “I love you,”                                                                  John 19:17-18
we send flowers or a card,
but God sent a cross.

Five little fingers                                                                       Luke 2:7
squeeze young Mary’s nose and face
as God lies on straw.

Often mothers ’ prayers                                                         I Samuel 1:27
mend the broken jars of clay
they molded from birth.

Silent, by a grave,                                                                   II Corinthians 1:4
arm around a friend, healing
a hole in the heart.

Before life’s bookends                                                         Amos 4:12b
squeeze away your last-held breath,
prepare for closure.

Love Nailed to Wood

Love Nailed to Wood

We recently celebrated the death and resurrection of God’s paschal lamb. Consider two haiku about that event.

To say “I love you”
we send flowers or a card,
but God sent a cross. dlp

“Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place called the Skull. Here they crucified him” (John 19:17, 18). As we agonize over the right, perfect gift for our loved ones, so Jesus agonized over the perfect gift for us.

So obsessed with love
God sent an urgent message,
signed in his son’s blood. dlp

“With your blood [Jesus] you purchased men and women for God from every nation” (Revelation 5.9). We wandered off on our own and deserted God. So God nailed his son to the cross to buy us back. We might say, “We’re twice owned.”

You may want to sing the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross”or read the lyrics to have your heart, your mind, and yes, your very soul burst forth in reverent gratitude, “I praise you, Jesus, Lamb of God, for YOUR old rugged cross!”