Salvation Road Part 2

Posted: November 20, 2019 in Meditations
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“Who are you, Lord? he asked. “I am Jesus, whom you persecute,” the voice said. “But get up and go into the city, Where you will be told what you must do.”  Acts 9:5,6

Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer of Cream, passed away this past week. Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton produced musical magic fifty years ago that still inspires this old man. A song off the Disraeli Gears album, “We’re Going Wrong’, sticks in my mind. Bruce wrote this song after a spat with his wife. Nothing speaks to resolution, all the energy focuses upon a building frustration. Baker’s drumming senses the seething anger constrained by decorum, the rhythm intense but muted. Measure by measure the intensity builds. Clapton’s lead guitar pulses to Baker’s drums, each feeds the other. Bruce’s bass guitar echoes the whirl of pain unleashed. A fevered pitch captures every fiber of our being as we careen into a journey whose end is undefined. We go because we must; the end doesn’t matter, not as long as the music keeps playing. So often, this is how we live life, not knowing, not understanding. We get swept along in the emotion of circumstance finding no resolution until it is too late. Life has come and gone.

God does the unexpected. Saul had no clue what happened in that moment. “Who are you?” He knew but didn’t know. The Jesus he hated was now Lord. But how? The heroic faith of Christ followers lay suppressed in his mind but now exploded to consciousness. The Scriptures of Messiah must be true. Saul now beheld the glorified Christ. It made sense. In that moment, hate melted, the storm of circumstance stopped. Saul chose Christ. The music went silent. Life would never be the same again. The Apostle Paul speaks out of his own experience when he says to the church at Corinth, “Now remember what you were, my brothers and sisters, when God called you. From the human point of view few of you were wise or powerful or of high social standing. God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful. He chose what the world looks down on and despises, and thinks is nothing, in order to destroy what the world thinks is important. This means that no one can boast in God’s presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

Today many are shocked that Kanye West proclaims the Gospel, stunned by the images of prisoners surrendering to Christ in a Houston jail. God chooses the anointed ones, not us. Wouldn’t it be incredible if revival breaks out in the chaos of the inner cities? I relish the thought of God shocking all of us, and yes, that means me. We see pain, sin beyond description, chaos with no order. God sees purpose, possibilities in every one of us. We, the nameless masses, are desired by God, to work for God, to the glory of God. Every experience good and bad directs us to encounter with God. But will we seize it? We have a choice, Saul had a choice. He seized it, and history was never the same. Now he waits for you, the moment of decision is now.

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