Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Man of Sorrows...

This week has been a rough week for some of my closest friends. I hurt for them in deepest parts of my soul. So, I chose to study this particular Glory of Christ for this weekend.

Man of Sorrows... Bittersweet beautiful.

Here is an article that I thought I would add to my own current thoughts.

Written by: Ray C. Stedman

He was truly "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." There is no record in Scripture that Jesus ever laughed. I think he did laugh, for you cannot read some of his parables, or some of the things he said to his disciples, without sensing a smile on his face or hearing a chuckle in his voice. But there is no account that he ever laughed. He was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief."

We must remember that all through his boyhood, and even into his manhood, he was pursued by nasty cracks about his birth, inferring that he was an illegitimate son, born to a faithless maiden who had broken her vow of betrothal. His brothers misunderstood him and did not believe in him. They were embarrassed at some of the things he said and did. It was not until after the resurrection that they believed in him. He was called a drunkard and a glutton, and was said to be possessed by a devil. He was called a Samaritan, a disparaging term. He had no home to go to. He said himself, "Foxes have holes, birds have their nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head," (Matt 8:20, Luke 9:50). Sometimes his disciples left him alone to go about their business, but he had to go out to the Garden of Gethsemane and sleep alone beneath the o lives trees. He became at one point "Public Enemy No. 1." In the weeks before his crucifixion the Pharisees offered a reward to anyone who would turn him in. Surely he was rejected of men!

The thought that God himself, would manifest himself as a human, so that HE could carry our sorrow. What love. He held all the beauties of the world in the palm of His had, but because of His never ending love for us, He came to Earth to carry our hurts. When I think of this, I am forever grateful. I can lean on a Savior, because He has been there.

You know how a friend tries to offer advice when you are hurting, and it just doesn't feel right...b/c they have never been there? We can never say that with Christ. He has endured every bit of pain that we could possibly imagine. He has carried all of the hurts of the world inside of His heart. All of the sins that we have committed, He bore in His innermost parts. Imagine that yucky feeling. Shivers.

Man of Sorrows...may I never loose the gratefulness that I am experiencing right now. May I never forget that HE knows my pain, He bore my pain, and He has risen so that my pain becomes gain! Praise Him!
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Monday, November 23, 2009

He is...

Yesterday, Pastor Trey (along with several others), shared a reading type performance for us. It was beautiful. Very different than what our normal service is like, and somewhat on the dramatic flare, but impacting to my heart. The reading was based on the Glories of Christ, taken from the John MacArthur NKJV study Bible. I have been desiring to start a study on the Glories of Christ for the Christmas season. This reading helped me kick it in gear! So, I am posting the original list on here, and will be coming back to write some of my thoughts on individual glories...

-Compiled by Steven Camp-

• Jesus Christ is completely sufficient for all matters of life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4)
• Sufficient for creation (Colossians 1:16-17)
• He is our salvation (Hebrews 10:10-12)
• He is our sanctification (Ephesians 5:26-27)
• He is our glorification (1 John 3:2)
• So pure is He that there is no blemish, stain, spot of sin, defilement, lying, deception, corruption, error or imperfection in Him (1 Peter 1:18-20)
• There is no other God besides Him (Isaiah 45:5)
• He is the only begotten Son (John 1:14,18)
• All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Him (Colossians 2:3)
• All the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily in Him (Colossians 2:9)
• He is heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2)
• He created all things and all things were made by Him, through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16-17)
• He upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3)
• He is the first-born of all creation (Colossians 1:15)
• He is the exact representation of God (Hebrews 1:3)
• He is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 1:5)
• He is the Son that enlightens (Hebrews 1:3)
• the Physician that heals (Luke 4:23-24; 5:31)
• the Wall of Fire that defends (Exodus 13:21)
• the Friend that comforts (John 15:14-15)
• the Pearl that enriches (Matthew 13:45-46)
• the Ark that supports (Genesis 6:18; Revelation 11:19)
• and the Rock to sustain under the heaviest of pressures (Deuteronomy 32:18; 1 Corinthians 10:4)
• He is the Deliverer (Romans 11:26)
• He is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty on high (Acts 2:34; Hebrews 1:3; 8:1)
• He is better than the angels (Hebrews 1:4-14)
• He is better than Moses (Hebrews 3:3); better than Aaron (5:1-10); better than Joshua (4:8); better than Melchizedek (7:1-3); better than all the prophets (Ephesians 2:20; Hebrews 1:1)
• He is greater than Satan (Luke 4:1-12; John 14:30)
• He is stronger than death (1 Corinthians 15:55; Hebrews 2:14)
• He is the First and the Last (Revelation 1:17-18)
• He is the Lamb of God (John 1:29)
• He is our peace (Ephesians 2:14)
• He is our hope (1 Timothy 1:1)
• He is our Life (Colossians.3:4)
• He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)
• He is the Strength of Israel (1Samuel 15:29)
• He is the Root and Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16)
• He is Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11)
• He is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2)
• He is the Captain of our Salvation (Hebrews 2:10)
• He is the Champion (Isaiah 19:20)
• He is the Elect One (Isaiah 42:1)
• He is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession (Hebrews 3:1)
• He is the Righteous Servant (Isaiah 53:11)
• He is the Lord of Hosts, the Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, the God of the whole earth (Isaiah 54:5)
• He is the Man of Sorrows (Isaiah 53:3)
• He is the Light (John 1:7; 1 John 1:5)
• He is the Son of Man (Matthew 20:28)
• He is the Vine (John 15:5)
• He is the Bread of Life (John 6:48)
• He is the Door (John 10:7)
• He is Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36; Philippians 2:10-13)
• He is Prophet, Priest and King (Hebrews 1:1-3)
• He is our Sabbath rest (Hebrews 4:9)
• He is our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6; 1 Corinthians 1:30) people
• He is the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
• He is the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4)
• He is Lord God of hosts (Isaiah 47:4)
• He is King of the nations (Jeremiah 10:7; Revelation 15:3)
• He is the Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5)
• The Word of God (John 1:1; Revelation 19:13)
• the Rock of Salvation (Psalm 62:2; 89:26; 95:1)
• the Rock of Israel (Isaiah 30:29)
• the Eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14)
• He is the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9)
• Creator and Comforter (1 Peter 4:19; Isaiah 43:1; John 16:7)
• Messiah (John 1:41)
• and He is the great I AM (John 8:58)
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Friday, November 6, 2009

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