Saturday, May 30, 2015

Communion Thoughts

I was meditating on communion in light of my sermon on Luke 2:1-7. I hope you are blessed, today and tomorrow!

The birth of Christ has everything to do with the Lord’s Supper. Jesus was born with a purpose. His purpose was not to reach his potential nor was his purpose to live a happy life.

Jesus was born to die.

That’s not saying that he was born knowing that human beings get old and die. He had no intent of reaching old age. Jesus came to pay the debt his people owed. Jesus came to die.

We can only separate Jesus’ birth from his death if we forget why he came. And the Lord’s Table refuses to let us do that.

Moreover, the Lord’s Table doesn’t just remind us why he came, it reminds us of what he did. He accomplished what he intended. He paid the redemption price for his people. He satisfied justice so that his people might escape judgement.

The manger scene bore awe-filled witness to the newly born Savior’s first cries. Yet in those infant cries, calvary’s echo replies: “It is finished.”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What would you choose over God?

“Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver. Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter.” (Zechariah 11:12–13, ESV)

What would you choose over God?

If you asked us point-blank, the answer would be, “Nothing! There’s nothing more important than God!”

But if you look at our lives, the story might be different. We choose a lot of things over God.

We choose lovers and long weekends, we choose paychecks and playing video games.

We choose another drink and we choose another helping of dessert.

We choose another white lie and we choose a better Facebook post.

We choose recreation. We choose retail.

Sin's tragic question is this: What wouldn't we choose over God?

But God's joyous response is this: He wouldn't choose anything over us.

We know that he wouldn't, because when he could have he didn't. His Son begged to have that cup taken from him, he cried out to the heavens in agony, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Even then, He chose us.

Bask in that. Swim in that. Rejoice in that.

He chose us.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

What kind of a God is this?

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:5, ESV)

The God of this psalm bewilders me.

What kind of God prepares a table for his subjects? What kind of God fills their cups to overflowing?

This God plays host to the broken and the unwanted. He welcomes the people no one else would tolerate. He’s not some austere God of stone and obligation. He is generous, He is abundant, He is lavish.

He’s more than the Good Shepherd, He’s the Good Host.

When David wrote this psalm, he couldn’t imagine the depths of hospitality this Good Host would show. He couldn’t imagine that the Lord would set the table with living bread. He couldn’t fathom the cup the Son would drink to fill our cup to overflowing. He couldn’t have ever dreamt of the Holy Spirit poured out upon all the children of God.

And here we are, recipients of the surpassing fulfillment of promises made long ago.

Delight your soul in our lavish God, delight yourself in our Good Host.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I want more than what I want

“And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”” (Matthew 26:39, ESV)

If I wrote down a list of resolutions, one thing would be common to them all: me.

They are the skills valuable to me. They are the interests and virtues worthwhile to me. They are the vices distasteful to me.

Me, me, me.

This year, I want more than me and what I personally find important.

This year, I want what my Savior finds important.

This year, I want to ask a different kind of question: What does God want of me?

Give me more than I want, Lord. Give me what you want.

Not my will, but yours be done.