So Death Might Live & Life Might Die

Only 5 days left till Christmas!

As we continue to prepare to celebrate the birth of God, we can glean great wisdom from those who have celebrated Jesus’ coming for thousands of years before us.

Approximately 1600 years ago, St. Augustine said:

“Man’s maker was made man,
that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast;
that the Bread might hunger,
the Fountain thirst,
the Light sleep,
the Way be tired on its journey;
that the Truth might be accused of false witness,
the Teacher be beaten with whips,
the Foundation be suspended on wood;
that Strength might grow weak;
that the Healer might be wounded;
that Life might die.

“He was made man to suffer these and similar undeserved things for us, that He might free us who were undeserving.” – Augustine of Hippo (Sermons 191.1)

The Ruler of the Stars, the Bread of Life, the Fountain of Living Water, the Light of the World, the Way, the Truth, the Teacher, the Foundation, the Strength, the Healer, and the Life – Jesus. 

Jesus, the Life, came to die so we who were already dead might live. Imagine the love required for the Savior, who could have freed Himself at any time, to die so that we could live. That puts Christmas in a new light!

We all deserved death, but Life died so we could live. 

Merry Christmas!!!

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4 of the Best Things About Heaven

How do you imagine heaven?  When someone mentions the word, what pops into your mind?  What is the one thing that makes heaven what it is?   If I had to pick one qualifying factor, I would say that heaven is where God is.  It is the presence of God and the absence of evil, but it is also more than that.  Here are 4 of the craziest and best things about heaven.

!) There will be food in heaven (Matthew 8:11).  I do not know about you, but I enjoy food.  A lot.  Good food can build relationships, make a bad day good, heal sickness, and encourage the heart.  Can you imagine how good the food will be in heaven?  Think of the best thing you have ever eaten.  Now, multiply that by 10-ish times.  Maybe that is how good food will be in heaven – fresh, wonderful, healthy, and made with love.

2) Heaven will include a new Earth (Revelation 21:1).  Have you ever thought about wanting to experience as many of the beautiful things on Earth as you can?  I want to see the waterfalls, hike the mountains, sail the oceans, explore the cities, and bask in the history.  The awesome news is God will create a new Earth and it will have all of these things in heaven!  We don’t need to worry about missing out on seeing the world during our lives because we will have an eternity to explore the new Earth.  It will be beyond all of our dreams.

3) In heaven there will be no more pain (Revelation 21:4).  I know most of you have probably heard this before, but I want to take a minute to really think about what these words mean.  No pain.  No failure, no loneliness, no rejection, no inadequacy, no sickness, no separation, no confusion, no death, no loss, no distraction, no mistakes, no worry, no PAIN.  Take another look at that list.  Look back at it, and try to imagine your life without all of those things.  That is how heaven will be!

4) We will get to experience God first hand in heaven (Revelation 21:3).  Of course, we can experience God on Earth, but there will always be a form of separation until we are in heaven.  Imagine being right in front of God – not having to search Him out, or make your mind receptive to His voice.  God will be right there!  We will be able to praise Him, talk to Him, and hear from Him while being physically with Him.  What freedom!  What magnificence!

Even though these 4 things are incredible, they do not come close to scratching the surface of how great heaven will actually be.  There is so much more.  Christians need to focus on heaven and put our lives in perspective, so that we live everyday to the fullest and with the expectation of relief in heaven.  Heaven is coming soon.  Live your life for Jesus with the expectation of magnificent things to come!

If you want to know more, check out this great message on the topic: http://www.redrockschurch.com/media/watch-messages/heaven/233/

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