Thursday, February 18, 2010

Forgive as God has forgiven us.

Listening to one of my favorite podcasts, the speaker mentioned that there doesn't seem to be as much forgiveness dispersed throughout the body of Christ as there should be. Simply making an observation, no harm in that. Listening to his explanation, I began to wonder. Does forgiving a brother or sister in Christ equate trusting them again? This has always intrigued me. Looking in scripture, We see that we ARE to extend forgiveness. I can appreciate that. After all, if God isn't holding our sins against us, why should we hold each other's sins against ourselves?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Death, Burial and Resurrection.

In Matthew 27, we're seeing the crucifixion unfold. We see disciples scattering like sheep. Peter denies Christ, the cock crows, then with great sorrow, Peter realizes that what Jesus foretold was true. Peter knew Jesus to be the Son of God. He confessed this in earlier times. Did it mean anything to him? He denied knowing Who he knew to be God's son. I surmise that none of the disciples knew what was happening. Sure, Jesus told them plainly that he was going to die; yet none of the disciples (except Peter) would even go there. Beyond making sure it wasn't each of them that wasn't going to betray them, they never proceeded any further. Even Judas, realizing that he had betrayed an innocent man (Duh!) tried to give back the money; and when that didn't go well, he hung himself. In hell? Most folks think so. I won't even go there. Judas was part of the plan--SOMEONE had to betray him--it was prophesied. Where was Jesus during the three days after His death and before His resurrection? The idea was that He went to set captives free in the prison/paradise, whatever you want to call it. Judas might've been there. I have no clue. To speculate would be merely to speculate. God has it covered. No need to stress about it.

The Lord's Supper--beautiful picture of the New Covenant!

These scriptures never fail to amaze me. The woman pouring the expensive oil on Jesus. Jesus told the folks that were there, that the reason she did this, was to prepare Him for burial. He knew His time was at hand. Did SHE know the reason she was doing this? Who was she? We're not told. There seems to be gaps in the story--not on God's part, but things that make me want to know more. Why were they in a Leper's house?? Surely he was no longer a leper? Was he one of the 10 that were healed? He now had a house. It was my understanding that all personal belongings were stripped, and lepers cast out of the city.

Judas ticked me off. In verse 14, we're told of Judas going to make a deal with the pharisees. Then in verse 22 he says, "Surely not I, Lord?" Boy, talk about hypocrisy! He knew full good and well it was going to be him! I imagine this was a whispered conversation. I can't imagine Peter would have over heard that, then not have done anything. Not Peter. Humph!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day??

Sitting in front of a fireplace, I'm mesmerized by the sparks dancing around the burning logs like fireflies. Alone in the dark, my world is quiet, the warmth of the fire relaxing me, lulling me to drift off in my thoughts. Cuddled up with my favorite blanket, I appreciate the warmth amid the weird winter weather that has seemingly engulfed half the country. I am alone, but I am safe.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Let GO already!

As I sit here staring at my monitors.. (yes, plural) I contemplate the pros and cons of wiping my laptop clean. Not knowing that much about the hardware of technology, I'm unsure as to what to do. I have to move my backed up files back to the now-fixed laptop, fresh from the "computer garage" and don't know how to do it.