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God Loves Us

Posted: October 17, 2019 in Meditations
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Who Am I 
by Casting Crowns
Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name,
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?Not because of who I am,
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done,
But because of who You are.I am a flower quickly fading:
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean,
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am.
I am Yours, I am Yours.

Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again?
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?

Not because of who I am,
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done,
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading:
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean,
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am.
I am Yours.

Not because of who I am,
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done,
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading:
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean,
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.
And told me who I am.
I am Yours, I am Yours, I am Yours.

Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?
‘Cause I am Yours, I am Yours.

Whom shall I fear? I am yours, created by and for you. So easy to forget, isn’t it? I get so caught up in the temporal moment that I forget I exist in an eternal continuum.
Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
And watch me rise again?
But this is exactly what God does. He loves us, every one of us.
“A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.
Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭15:7, 15‬ ‭NIV‬‬
The hate for Jesus could not be more stark. A rogue murderer carried more worth than Jesus. The horror of his crucifixion begins with the tearing of flesh. Yet his love for all involved never faded. He loved Barabbas. He loves us. We are his creation, ordained with eternal purpose, endowed with the capacity to have relationship with God. Love him, pursue him. He loves us.

Emptied

Posted: October 17, 2019 in Meditations
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“But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.””

‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:61-62‬ ‭NIV‬‬
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:5-7‬ ‭NASB‬‬
I can’t escape the idea of Christ emptying himself, laying aside his glory. He gave up everything to take on flesh for us. No privilege, no reputation, a bastard child from the obscure backwater village called Nazareth, this is the Christ’s ordained lot on earth. Who would predict, who could even imagine this scenario to be the pivotal moment in the history of mankind? God’s ways are not man’s ways.
We too must empty ourselves, but it is not glory but rather our flesh that must be set aside. Christ must become all in all. A powerful song says, “In the pressing, in the crushing, we become new wine.” We are continually being transformed into the image of Christ. Effects of sin get exposed. Patterns of wrong thinking that lead to sin get broken—one day, one hour, one moment at a time. Our brokenness leads to resurrection. The fruit of gentleness, goodness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, and the love of God demonstrate themselves in our relationships. These attributes grow deeper and stronger as we prove faithful, emptied, Christ all in all.