Posted by: raddestnerd | April 17, 2010

What I Learned From Elizabeth

Virgin Mary portrayed by Olivia Hussey "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977)

“And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blesssed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? …. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord’ ” (Luke 1:41b-42, 45 ESV).

1. It was important for God to find a woman of purity, character, and faith to raise the Son of God, and so Mary was chosen.  Motherhood, is a most sacred task.  A mother can shape the character and life of a human being — no, a mother does.  She always does, whether for good or for ill.

1a. Inasmuch as God rescues and completely restores sinners, still it was Mary of Nazareth who was chosen to raise the Son of God.  We, too, would be wise to keep ourselves pure in the midst of a corrupt generation and to live our lives by wisdom, like Mary mother of Jesus.

2. Mary’s faith is an incredible faith, because she believed that God will do what he said.  And I’m not sure that I have a faith like hers.  I’m not sure that I 100% of the time believe that God will do what he says.  But, I want to believe.  If not 100% of the time, then at least in the key moments of my life — so that I can be used of God.

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Posted by: raddestnerd | December 9, 2009

Messiah Before Jesus…Duh?

A sensational new video by the National Geographic seeming to suggest Jesus is not the Messiah because a stone tablet was discovered dating a generation before Jesus:  inscribed on this stone – the story of a Messiah who would suffer and die and rise from the dead by the third day.

Uh.  Duh?

That’s the whole point.  Starting from Genesis 3:15 (in fact John chapter 1 seems to suggest that starting from Genesis 1:1 Jesus Messiah makes an appearance in eternity before time) the Bible anticipates the coming of the Messiah, almost exactly the way this stone tablet describes.  Read the words of Jesus himself:

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Luke 24:25-27 (TNIV)

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Luke 24:45-47 (TNIV)

Jesus came as a fulfillment of those prophecies.  Oh and by the way, prophecy by its very nature is a foretelling of the future: of course there would be stories of a Messiah way before Jesus’ arrival.  Like, duh?

Posted by: raddestnerd | November 18, 2009

Awesome Quote

“If you are devoted to the cause of humanity,
you will soon be exhausted and have your heart broken by ingratitude,
but if the mainspring of your service is love for Jesus,
you can serve men although they treat you as a door-mat.
Never look for justice in this world,
but never cease to give it.”

– Oswald Chambers

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