Hello Sweet Cheer: Wordy Wednesday, the life of Christ, and the dreaded M word!

4.17.2013

Wordy Wednesday, the life of Christ, and the dreaded M word!

Happy Wednesday, friends! (decided to sprinkle some Haiti pictures through out this post!)

     So I have quite a few things on my mind and I'm pretty sure I know what I need to write about.  Bear with me as I sort through them all!

     I've mentioned it before but every Monday and Wednesday I go to bible study at 6am.  It's an awesome study!  Last semester we studied Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible) and it was super great!  I learned so much and loved being able to really dig in and begin to understand scripture.  This semester we're studying the life of Christ!  We've been using a harmony of the gospels to walk us through Jesus' life chronologically.  It's incredible how much we've learned by reading all four of the gospels together!  They really are all there for different purposes and offer a full picture when studied in conjunction with one another.

     So this morning we started talking about passion week.  We just finished talking about the triumphal entry and next week we'll cover Monday and Tuesday of passion week (passion week = the week before Easter…or the days leading up to Jesus' crucifixion).  Something super crazy that blew my mind this morning was a specific prophecy that Jesus fulfilled at the triumphal entry.  Zechariah 9:9 says, "Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."  Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt, intentionally.  Obviously we know He is the Messiah, but the Pharisees didn't.  They hated Jesus and wanted him killed.  But they would have known this verse.  They knew the law and the scriptures so well that they would have known this prophecy and realized Jesus was fulfilling it.

     It blows my mind because they watched the Messiah ride in on a colt, fulfilling perfectly the prophecy laid out in Zechariah, yet they did not believe.  Their hearts were hardened and they rejected the Christ, the Son of God.  I never realized a lot of things about the Pharisees, about Jesus, about the 12 apostles, and just about the life of Christ.  I would strongly encourage everyone to dig deeper into His life.  Study the scriptures and get a grasp for all that went on while He was here.  It is fascinating!!



     After bible study, as I was walking to class I started watching a YouTube video on my phone.  It's a sermon by Francis and Lisa Chan, and it's about Christ-centered relationships.  They talk about a ton of things (it's a 50 minute video) and had so much truth to share.  It was great, I love watching/listening to sermons.  He used a passage out of 1 Corinthians 7 that speaks to the unmarried and the widowed and explained some crucial things.  A few things I took away from it are as follows…

 1) My oxygen tank is Jesus!

Christ is live giving!  He is the only one who is life giving, who rescues me, who saves me daily, who keeps me breathing…it's Him!  It cannot be a husband or a family or a happy marriage or a neat home or a healthy family.  Those things are not the goal, they are simply byproducts and can be illustrations of Jesus' love for us.

2) Christ-centered marriage starts with a Christ-centered heart

I will never be able to have a Christ-centered, Christ-focused marriage in my future if I haven't first dealt with my personal relationship with Jesus!  My future husband cannot fully satisfy or fulfill my deepest needs.  He can't and he shouldn't, that is something only Christ can do!  And visa-versa, I cannot fulfill his needs completely, only Christ can.

3) Marriage is not eternal

Scripture very clearly says that we will not be married in heaven.  This life is about serving Christ and God getting His glory.  It's about sharing the Gospel and making disciples.  Marriage should come under God.  This life is about Him and marriage should come in as a picture of Christ's relationship with the Church.  And should be used as a tool to win more people to Christ!


     Honestly I could go on for quite a while…I learned a lot!  Some of the things they said were things I already understood to be true, but were reinforced in me.  It's an awesome sermon and there's a part two I haven't even watched yet!  I'll link it to the bottom of this post so that anyone who has an extra 50 minutes in their day can watch too!  I'm not sure why but it seems that the Lord is constantly preparing me for marriage…I don't mean that He is teaching me to cook or do laundry or clean or take care of kids (I'm already great at all of that ;))… I mean that He is drawing me close and teaching me to look to Him first, and enjoy marriage as an avenue of ministry to those around me.

Sorry this was so lengthy……long winded today I guess :)

Peace people!
Mere


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