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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Think on Jesus

Yesterday as I wrote I pondered how I would bring this series to a close.  Some of my fellow #write31 dayers have been planning and writing in advance, so they knew exactly what they'd be writing about. I've been taking it day by day, though, and trusting God that He'd  know what I needed to write about.  (And let's just face it.  I'm not that good at planning... well, I'm sometimes good at planning.... just not that good at following through).

And it's been good.  Thinking on Philippians 4:8 has made me more aware of my thought process. It's made me keep my eyes open to what is true, and honest, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.

I'm still not there... but life is a process.

I finished up yesterday with the last word of the verse, things, and thought to myself... two days to go. How am I going to expand on this? What can I say to bring it all together?

Well, God...

As I sat in Bible study last night, listening to the teachings about Jesus, I got overwhelmed. I mean, He's Jesus.  How can you describe Him? I've been working through Matthew this last week, and also reading about The Family of Jesus, and it amazes me how everything comes together. As we flipped from Old to New Testament and I thought about all that Jesus has done, I got overwhelmed.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was with God... In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth... spoke them into existence.

In  the beginning... The Alpha, as in Jesus.  The Alpha.

We were told to turn to Revelations and there is was.  I got teary eyed because while I'm  not a Biblical scholar, I'm learning these words and what they mean and they mean so much now that I'm thinking on them.

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war."- Revelations 19:11

He that sat upon him was called faithful and true... and in righteousness.

He... was called... True... from the Greek, alēthinos- that which has not only the name and resemblance, but the real nature corresponding to the name, in every respect corresponding to the idea signified by the name, real, true genuine.  Derived from alēthēs, also found in Philippians 4:8... whatsoever is true.

... and in righteousness.... dikaiosynē, meaning in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God, derived from dikaios, the same word used to describe His earthly father, Joseph.... the same word that is found in Philippians 4:8.

Yes, thinking on these things... think on Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
 
He is true.  He is honest.  He is just. He is that pure and spotless lamb who takes away the sins of the world. Though He was not lovely to look at, He is full of the greatest love that we could ever imagine. He is that good report.... the gospel, the good news.  He is virtuous.
 
And, oh, He is praiseworthy.
 
"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.:- Philippians 2:8-11
 
He is Lord.  He is worthy.  He is our soon Returning King.
 
He is the Omega... the End.
 
Think on Him. 

6 comments:

  1. I like that you've been taking this writing challenge day-by-day. That probably made it a more stimulating exercise!

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  2. Faithful and True - one of my favorite descriptors of the Lamb of God.

    Beautiful post.

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  3. This series has been so incredible. I am really glad that we found each other's blogs. YOU DID IT! Well, I guess it's technically over tomorrow, but you have reached the end and even without preplanning it had such a great flow and I am sure it feels good to have gotten this far. Bravo. I can't wait to see your final thoughts.

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  4. Thank you for this good reminder to look to Jesus. Makes me think of that song "Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus." :)

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  5. Anytime I focus on Christ and His sacrifice, I gain perspective for my trials. Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. AMEN! My sweet friend... what a gift this teaching is - to be reminded how very much He loves us. How very perfect He is. I love that He inspired you to think on these things and share them with us!

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