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Life After Death

We are very much attached to our physical body. We care for it, nourish it, wash it, and clothe it, just to mention a few ways we are attentive to its needs. We bleed real blood when cut, scratched or being operated on. We use our five physical senses every moment of every day to see what is around us, hear music and people speaking, smell something cooking in the kitchen or something burning, find out what things taste good and what things do not taste good, and touch things, pick them up, admire them, and identify textures on them. But what is our body going to be like when we pass over to the eternal side of our existence? Jesus answers many of our questions concerning life after death through his example. He not only lived and died but rose from the grave in his new physical/eternal body. What was that like? Here are some examples: Jesus appeared and spoke to Mary the mother of James and Joanna when they were on their way back from his empty tomb to tell the disciples he was gone. (…

Overwhelmed

The writer of the longest psalm, Psalm 119, put three restrictions on himself with regards to writing this psalm: one, address God continually through the psalm; two, make mention of the law of God through various synonyms; and three, create the psalm in units of eight successive verses using each letter of the Jewish alphabet as the guide for each unit. Throughout the psalm there is deep emotion and high respect for the law of God. It is a representation of the God who created it. Look at just a small portion that illustrates this: In Psalm 119:129-152 (two units), we see this respect and love for God's law. It says, "Your laws are wonderful." Vs. 129"Your regulations are fair." Vs. 137"Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy." Vs. 138"All Your commands are true." Vs. 151They (His Laws) represent God the Lord. They reveal who He is and how He acts. And because of that it brings the writer to deep emotion. He pants …

Fair is Fair

What is fair and what is not fair? That question requires thought about how you get to fair. Fair must be neutral. It cannot be influenced by personal preferences, bribes, peer pressures, or any other circumstances that bend it in one direction more than the other. As a child, and sometimes as an adult, when things don't go your way these words pop right out of your mouth, "That's not fair!" because we are interested in things being fair when we are involved. But it's hard to be fair because it requires rightness, a pureness, in your own life decisions. Solomon struggled with this word, too. He knew as a king how important it was for his reign that he be fair with all people; bringing judgment on the unjust and blessing on those who deserved it. He said, "The Lord demands accurate scales and balances; he sets the standards for fairness." (Proverbs 16:11) Now you see it, don't you? God is the only one who can be just, right and fair. Our selfishness cr…

The Reality

Jesus is the first appearance of a perfect human since Adam and Eve. When he said, "I am the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6) he meant that he was the right way to go, he was the true reality, and that he was and gives eternal life. The word "truth" used here also has the connotation of "reality" which brings home the essence of what we are talking about concerning his perfection. Think about this, looking at Jesus was looking at the reality of perfect humanness. It was seeing what would happen if we always spoke and acted in a perfect way that was neither prideful nor debasing. As he awaits his betrayal, he prays to God the Father in John 17 with three different focuses: one, a personal conversation between him and the Father as his death nears as a substitute for all mankind. Jesus reemphasized his desire to be of honor to his Father. (17:1-5) Two, he turns his prayer with the Father into prayer for his present disciples. How much they will be a p…