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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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?”

A Terrible Statistic

A statistic that crushes my spirit:

At least 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men are or will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime.

A truth that gives me hope:

12 “For thus says the Lord:
Your hurt is incurable,
and your wound is grievous.
13 There is none to uphold your cause,
no medicine for your wound,
no healing for you.
14 All your lovers have forgotten you;
they care nothing for you;
for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy,
the punishment of a merciless foe,
because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant.
15 Why do you cry out over your hurt?
Your pain is incurable.
Because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant,
I have done these things to you.
16 Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured,
and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
those who plunder you shall be plundered,
and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
17 For I will restore health to you,
and your wounds I will heal,
declares the Lord
,
because they have called you an outcast:
‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’

Out of the darkest place, the most grievous wound, the most rotten heart, the Lord restores. And all the promises of God find their Yes in Christ.

Jesus is our only hope.

Thoughts About Heaven

I was reading the fighter verse blog and was struck by the Rev 7 passage Johnathon referenced. It got me thinking about heaven.

Sometimes I get worried that I won’t enjoy heaven, that it’ll be boring or not what I want. This passage says Jesus will shelter us with His presence? How can a presence shelter us? By doing the things John writes next. It removes all my concern that we will not like serving him day and night before the throne, because He will be our Shepherd, guiding us to streams of living water and God will wipe every tear from our eyes. In his presence there are pleasures forevermore!

Let us not forget that heaven would be hell if Jesus wasn’t there!

Goals

On December 31st of 2008, I wrote down the following goals (in no particular order):

    • Train for and compete in at least 2 triathlons this next summer
    • Write on this blog at least twice a week
    • Learn the 1st and 3rd movements of Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven (piano)
    • Learn Claire De Lune by Debussy (piano)
    • Love Jesus more
    • Give up video games
    • Fill my journaling bible with notes

    I’ve done one triathlon and have another in less than 2 weeks (I haven’t been training), my bible is getting filled and my love for Christ has grown so much. Praise God for the grace of knowing Him more!

    “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.” – Colossians 3:11

      The Foolishness of Idolatry

      God has something to say in Isaiah 44:

      6 Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel
      and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
      “I am the first and I am the last;
      besides me there is no god.
      7 Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. [1]
      Let him declare and set it before me,
      since I appointed an ancient people.
      Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen.
      8 Fear not, nor be afraid;
      have I not told you from of old and declared it?
      And you are my witnesses!
      Is there a God besides me?
      There is no Rock; I know not any.”

      God is bringing it! Then read what He follows up with:

      9 All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. 10 Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing? 11 Behold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human. Let them all assemble, let them stand forth. They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together.

      12 The ironsmith takes a cutting tool and works it over the coals. He fashions it with hammers and works it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint. 13 The carpenter stretches a line; he marks it out with a pencil. He shapes it with planes and marks it with a compass. He shapes it into the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house. 14 He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. 15 Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it. 16 Half of it he burns in the fire. Over the half he eats meat; he roasts it and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire!” 17 And the rest of it he makes into a god, his idol, and falls down to it and worships it. He prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god!”

      18 They know not, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand. 19 No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?” 20 He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

      Come on piece of wood, say that you’re like God. Tell me what is to come, what will happen. Oh wait, you can’t.

      The foolishness of idolatry shines through this story. A man makes a fire and a god out of a piece of wood, then worships it and expects the piece of wood to deliver him. He is such a fool! And yet, I find myself in this position too often. I make an idol of a phone, a man, even an image!

      That last one really gets me. I can make a picture of the cross into my God. I miss the point! It’s not the cross that’s worthy of worship, nor even the salvation that was bought for believers on a cross. It’s the one who paid the price. Jesus is the one we should worship.

      Do you worship Jesus, or what He gives you? Do you worship Jesus, or a charismatic pastor? Do you worship Jesus, or what he has done for you?

      Do you worship Jesus, or a block of wood?

      I am convicted.

      But there is one who is my advocate!