Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Father’s Heart

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

If we believe that Jesus was God-in-the-flesh, then He shows a depth of emotion as He wept at the death of Lazarus. It was His personal sorrow. Perhaps even more is revealed as Jesus says, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem...” He spoke of the Jews as a whole, because they killed the prophets, and rejected their words; even God’s words. This then, is the heart of the Father. He has emotions! John 6:63 says this: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” 

We also read in 2 Timothy 3 and 2 Peter 1 that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God...” and that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” The meaning is clear; God’s word coming from the lips of men is “God-breathed,” and is just as powerful as though it comes right from the lips of God. The words themselves carry the power of God. 

We cannot fully understand how the Holy Trinity works in conjunction with Itself, but now we are told that the words Jesus spoke are also spirit, and that they are life. If they are Spirit, then they are Spiritual, and if they are life, then they bridge the gap between the spirit-life, and the physical life in which we live and have our being.
It should not surprise us that this also describes the two-fold nature of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Fully God and fully man, Jesus bridges the same gap. THIS is the Mystery of the Holy Trinity. We can neither fully explain it, nor understand it thoroughly. The best we can do is to grasp portions of this mystery of our faith, and submit to God’s truth. Jesus describes His own part as “the way, the truth, and the life.” 

Jesus also said that the words He spoke were those of the Father, and that the role of the Holy Spirit was to teach us all things, and remind us of the things Jesus said (literally, the Father’s Words.).
“ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"  ~Matthew 23:37, Luke 13:34

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