Jesus Never Married

David had six wives at Hebron who bore him children. And he took more wives after capturing Jerusalem.

Solomon had hundreds of wives.

Elders are to be the husband of one wife.

The Coming King

Why are people surprised that Jesus never married? Of course He didn’t. Who can God wed? Wouldn’t we wonder “what made her worthy to marry God Incarnate”? What about their children? Would they be called “children of God”? Aren’t we already His children?

It would take the focus off of Christ and His Father.

Of course Jesus never married. His Bride wasn’t ready.

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Things I’d Like To Take More Seriously

  • Writing, playing and recording music (check out Melanie Penn, she’s fantastic!)
  • Devouring good books
  • Writing about anything and everything that grabs me (Tristan, Noel Piper and Andrew Peterson inspire me)
  • Exercising, be it triathlons or yoga (avoiding the weirdness often associated with it)
  • Digging into the Bible and developing those sharpening relationships that we need to spur one another on
  • Living life to the fullest

How about you?

February Reading: Seeing And Savoring Jesus Christ

I’ve been working through Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ for a while now. Since I hadn’t really read much in February, I thought I’d finish it real quick to make good on my resolution.

I kind of liked the book

You know some books are so engaging that you get sucked in and barely have enough time to breath between chapters? This wasn’t one of those for me.

Honestly, I don’t remember a lot of it. Stretching a book out over a month or two always leaves me wishing I had finished it faster. There were good chapters and less interesting ones. The Tough Side was one of my favorites. I was surprised at how quick the book went by. Short chapters will do that for you. I really loved the prayers.

The afterword should have been first.

The afterword was so helpful describing Piper’s purpose that I wish he had put it first. The way it framed everything in the (sadly) preceding chapters made it all seem to light up with understanding. But it was such a struggle to make it through! If it had been first, the vision he cast would have drawn me along, instead of leaving me wanting things that weren’t there. And the foreword seemed to be just right for finishing the book. Just swap them.

It’s a good lens.

This book is clearly not a substitute for actually reading about Jesus within the Biblical context. Every chapter reminds you of where all this stuff comes from. It could be described as a lens: helpful for correcting vision and seeing things you didn’t before, but not the object you’re looking at. And it embraces that vision, trying to guide you to appreciate the Jesus of the Bible more on every page. So…

Read this book, then read the Bible.

Actually see and savor Jesus Christ. That’s why Pastor John wrote it.

Guarding God’s Glory Gone Wrong

“Before Abraham was, I am”

-Jesus, John 8:58

When learning a different language, the student is always confronted with the “to be” verb. In German: sein. In Greek: eimi. In Chinese: shì. In English it takes many forms: am, are, is, was, will be, etc. It captures the essence of existence, of being.

This is the most provocative, incredible proclaimation of Christ’s divinity I have ever read. Hearkening back to the very name of God,  Jesus claims something which only God can claim. He claims existence, pure and eternal. He claims to be God.

The pharasee’s picked up rocks to stone him. I would have too.

Fighting the Fight

It’s really easy to talk tough when you’re not fighting.

It’s really hard to fight if you don’t know how.

It’s really hard to fight if you take a bad hit.

It’s really hard to fight if you can’t see.

It’s really hard to flee when you need to.

It’s really easy to give up.

It’s really easy to give in.

It’s really easy to take the low road.

It’s really easy to let the tongue wag.

It’s really easy to let the anger build.

It’s really easy to want more.

It’s really easy to wander.

But as for you

3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:3-16

Amen.

Making All Things New

The Fighter Verse for this week is Revelation 21:5-7. This phrase gripped me when I read it:

“Behold, I am making all things new.”

-God, Revelation 21:5

All things new. All things will be new. This desk, the trees, my cats, my hands, my body. My mind will be new. Will my thoughts be new? Will my memories be new? I’ve gotten “new” things before, will this desk be like that? But I’ve never been new, what will it be like? Will I remember the old? Will the new be like the old? Will my values be new? Should I be preparing to be new somehow? Why do I feel nervous about it?

But I do know this:

“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

-God, Revelation 21:3-4

And I’m comforted.

Another line that grips me:

“Is everything sad going to come untrue?”