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Silence – A Double Triolet

In our world today it seems that there is constant sound. We have such a hard time being silent and just sitting quietly in the presence of God. Even a moment of silence and we seem compelled to fill it up with some type of noise. You can hear it in many public speakers who fill every moment of their presentation with “ums” and “aahs” rather than pause for even a few seconds to think about what they will say next. You can see it in our young people who walk around with headphones in their ears listening to something, anything, from their iPods rather than listen to silence.

But silence truly is, as the saying goes, golden. It is not something to be feared, avoided, or filled with noise. Silence is heavenly and divine.

Silence

There is a time for everything under heaven
A time to be silent and a time to speak
As a sheep being sheared is silent, Jesus remained silent
There is a time for everything under heaven

He was oppressed and afflicted, crushed for our iniquity
Yet he did not open his mouth, Jesus gave no answer
There is a time for everything under heaven
A time to be silent and a time to speak

There was silence in heaven for about half an hour
When the Lamb of God opened the seventh seal
As incense and prayers of the saints rose to the Lord
There was silence in heaven for about half an hour

The LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent
Be silent, for the day of the Sovereign LORD is near
There was silence in heaven for about half an hour
When the Lamb of God opened the seventh seal

Note: This double triolet is also a “found” poem as it all comes from God’s Word. The verse that inspired this poem is Revelation 8:1 – “When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” It occurred to me that if heaven can remain silent for half an hour, perhaps silence truly is a good thing.

I also wrote this poem for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub. Find a quiet place and check out the other poems offered there.

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Lent – A Poem

For Thankful Thursday today, this first Thursday in Lent, I decided I just want to post a simple poem about how thankful I am for this season that draws our focus towards Christ.

LENT

Lamb of God, slain for me
E
ternal One, Thy love I see
N
ow and forever, I turn to Thee
T
hou are my life – set me free

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Your Name Is Beautiful – A Poem

My Monday post got me thinking about writing a poem about the many names of Jesus, because the blessings and promises each name holds is something I am very thankful for.

I know initially I was thinking my Thankful Thursday poem would always be an acrostic of a synonym of “thankful” but there just aren’t that many synonyms of that word. Plus God has been reminding me of the many things I am thankful for and different ways to lift up thankfulness each week.

Your Name Is Beautiful

Lamb of God
You came to take away the sin of the world
Simply beautiful

Prince of Peace
You came to leave peace in the hearts
Of those who believe
You are beautiful

Immanuel
You came to be God with us
So we will never be alone
Our life made more beautiful

Son of God
You reigned in heaven
Before coming to earth
You reign there still
Your throne so beautiful

Son of Man
You became one of us
So we would always know
That You understand how we feel
Your compassion is beautiful

Messiah
You were an answer to prophecy
Your story foretold
Israel waited for You to come
Still some didn’t believe
But faith in You is beautiful

Wonderful Counselor
Your wisdom You imparted
To the disciples eleven
And Paul, too
Then sent Your Holy Spirit
So we can see You are beautiful

Alpha and Omega
You created in the beginning
Before the world was known
You will be there in the end
Long after all is done
In between it all You are beautiful

Savior
You redeemed the souls of the lost
Were a willing sacrifice for our sins
Your love is so beautiful

 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
      and gave him the name above all other names,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
      to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9-11 (NLT)

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The Doorframe of My Heart

This morning during my prayer time a thought came to me. The blood of the Lamb is on the doorframe of my heart. Then I asked God for guidance on what to write here today, and again I thought “the blood of the Lamb is on the doorframe of my heart.”

“Yes, Lord, I know that,” I replied, “but what should I write about?” Then I realized that just because I know this great truth doesn’t mean there isn’t someone out in the blogosphere who needs to know, too.

So what does this mean, to have the blood of the Lamb on the doorframe of your heart? To understand this statement, one must first know the story of the Passover from Exodus 12.

The first Passover happened when God was bringing the plagues upon Egypt to convince Pharoah to let His people go. The final plague was the death of all the firstborn children and animals in Egypt. God instructed Moses to have the Israelites sacrifice a young lamb. “Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.” Exodus 12:7. Then when the Lord struck the firstborn in Egypt He would pass over the houses that had the blood of the lamb on their doorframes and the firstborn of the Israelites would be spared.

Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29. But to take advantage of the blessing offered by the blood of the Lamb, we must have the blood on the doorframe of our heart. Just as the firstborn of Egypt died, the wages of sin for all mankind is death. Romans 6:23. “For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.” Romans 14:10. But when we are sealed by the blood of the Lamb, when His blood is on the doorframes of our heart, we will be spared when we stand before God’s judgment.

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:18-20.

Understanding this connection between the Old Testament and the New Testament has been such a blessing to me. Jesus has existed before time and is revealed throughout the Old Testament. The Passover lamb is just one of many ways in which God’s relationship with the Israelites foreshadowed His relationship with all believers through our faith in Christ Jesus. God provided a way for the firstborn of the Israelites to be spared His judgment, and He provides a way for all men and women to be spared His judgment for our sins.

Have you put the blood of the Lamb on the doorframe of your heart? In Revelation 3:20, the Lamb stands at the door and knocks. Have you let Him in?

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The Priesthood of All Believers

Yesterday was Pentecost, considered the birthday of the Christian Church. The events of the first Christian Pentecost are recorded in Acts 2. However, Pentecost was a Jewish celebration of the Festival of Weeks, which is why the first disciples were gathered together on this day.

In church yesterday, our visiting pastor preached on the priesthood of all believers, which is a teaching that comes out of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all the believers of Christ at the Pentecost gathering. He pointed out that although the early church did have apostles, there were no pastors, bishops, priests, or cardinals mentioned in the Acts 2 account. The Holy Spirit came upon all who believed — upon each the same as on the apostles. This was something new and different from what occurred in the Old Testament.

In the Old Testament, the tribe of Levi was set apart as the priests, and only they could sacrifice the lamb on behalf of the people for the forgiveness of their sins. But when Christ came, that changed. When John the Baptist first saw Jesus, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29. No longer would the priests sacrifice the lambs for the people’s sins, for the sacrifice of the Lamb of God would take the place of the repeated sacrifices by the priests.

Interestingly, on the way to church yesterday, I was listening to a song that fit the sermon topic perfectly. It’s by a band called The O.C. Supertones and it’s called “The Shepherd is the Lamb.” The chorus is:

The Shepherd is the Lamb
Do you understand
That God became a man?
The Shepherd is the Lamb

I wonder, do you understand? God is both Shepherd of the flock and the Lamb that is slain to atone for our sins. In the background of the song, at the beginning and in the middle, is a person speaking, and he says:

The incarnation is God’s grace made evident and obvious. People matter. Life is sacred. Men, women, and children are worth the greatest sacrifice, the supreme effort, the ultimate gift.

It is the amazing manifestation of His unshakeable love for the unloved and the unlovely, the weak, the base, the unworthy and the unwarranted, the rebels and the sinners. . . . You and me.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites had to go through the priests, the Levites, to communicate with God. In the temple, God resided in the Holy of Holies, the inner chamber of the temple where the Ark of the Covenant was stored. Only the High Priest could enter there and there was a curtain several inches thick that hung in front of the opening to the place where God was. The unclean — the unloved and the unlovely — had no access to God because they could not even approach the temple courts.

But when Christ died, the curtain in front of the Holy of Holies was torn in two, as recorded in Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, and Luke 23:45. The barrier between all believers and God was ripped away so that we became the priesthood of all believers. We are all called to show others the Way to forgiveness and reconciliation with God. We are all, whether pastor or lay person in the church, called to serve one another in love. No longer are we separated from God and in need of another, of a priest or pastor, to do something to atone for our sins. We need only Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away all our sin. Like John the Baptist, we are called to point to Jesus and say to others, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”

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The Servant King

Yesterday I shared some of my favorite verses from John in which Jesus prepares His disciples for what is to come. I must confess that I was in a bit of a hurry because I had to get to a meeting and so I didn’t take the time to comment on each of the verses. Today I want to focus on just one of the portions of scripture that I quoted yesterday and share some thoughts on it.

In John 13:5-8, the apostle John records this sequence of events that occurred at the Last Supper:

After that, he [Jesus] poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

I love this passage because it shows the Lord of the Universe being a servant to His disciples. Makes me wonder who am I to not be a servant to all who are around me? In my job I am a manager. In the hierarchy of the organization, I am above my 7 staff members. I’m not Lord of the Universe, but I am in charge of these 7 people and can tell them what work they need to do. But shouldn’t I, nonetheless, be their servant? Isn’t my responsibility to make sure they have everything they need to do their jobs properly? If Jesus could humble Himself to be a servant to fishermen and tax collectors, who am I to not do the same?

I also love Simon Peter! He always thinks he knows what is right. He doesn’t think Jesus should be washing his feet. It’s not the proper order of things, and he’s not afraid to say so. Simon Peter reminds me of myself sometimes. I think I know what is right, but sometimes I just need to be quiet and listen to what God has to teach me. I need to let God be who He is and learn from the example of Jesus.

But my favorite part of this passage is what Jesus says to Peter, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” We all must be washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. If we are not, we have no part with Jesus, we have no part with God. Unless we accept His atoning sacrifice and allow Him to make us whiter than snow and wash away our sins, we have no part with the Divine. If we want to do it our way, fine – but then we have no part with God. We are on our own. And on my own is, I have found, a scary, lonely place to be.

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