Yeshua

There is not a lot written here about the Lord. My Lord, Jesus of Nazareth, I mean.

That is partly a conscious decision, on my part. A decision based on the fact that nothing I write could do Him justice.

It is difficult to know exactly what to say about my Lord:

He is my Lord, that much is true.

He is my Light, that also is true.

He is my Salvation, wrestling with me when I was wayward — bringing me into line. A true shepherd, He has led me back into the fold.

I, too, have touched the hem of His garment. And I, too, have been healed. (And I do not mean this as a vagary, but spiritually born anew — reanimated and transformed.)

But beyond all that, Jesus is still very much an enigma: and an intimidating figure at that.

Is He Man?

Is He half man and half god?

Is He fully man and fully God?

How to reconcile all this?

It’s not easy.

Many people—some Christians even—say He is just a man. How to respond to that?

The truth is that I do not know.

Except, of course, for the opening to the Gospel according to John:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

What I do know is that He redeemed me.

What I do know is that He brought me fully to the Father (i.e. Salvation), when no-one else could.

What I know, is that when I read the Word my innermost being wants to let out a cry: “My Lord and My God”.

“It is enough”. Prepare for battle (spiritual warfare). Gird your loins.

Featured Image: A Lion which is Strongest Among Beasts and Turneth Not Away for Any [National Geographic]
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Of Christian Sensibility

It’s not Rocket Science

Let us put an end to repeat images of the Lord’s crucifixion within Christian social-media circles? Naturally, the crucifixion is a pivotal moment in time. We accept that. But graphically reliving such images over and over ad infinitum is macabre. We need not the incessant reminder of our sinful nature in that wayPesach is sufficient. We know we are sinners. We know that it was the work of all of our sins combined. We know that. The amount and the manner of these public displays makes me cringe … This is not a call for a sanitised gospel or a watered-down doctrine. Not at all. It is rather a call for a (more) judicious, circumspect (and not indiscriminate) worship, for some sense and sensibility. It is a plea for an end to worship “amateur hour”. For He was resurrected. He lives. And we are redeemed. Let us rejoice in that. (This distinction, delighting in the resurrection and not the crucifixion, is critical. Otherwise we risk a state of cognitive dissonance, in which case how can we be made whole? God is not the author of confusion.) Glory be to God. Furthermore, He comes quickly. And He comes as the Lion of Judah, to judge and to rule with an iron rod.

We were wrong the first time around, expecting a lion instead we got a lamb. Let’s not get it wrong again. Let us show the respect that is due a king. Our King. Please.

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Has the Rapture of the Church already begun?

The bible says God will seal his people in their forehead.

When someone acknowledges their sins and repents before The Lord, to be baptised (washed by the water of His Word) and born-again, there comes a point in time of that individual, an instant — perhaps after repentance and completion of their cleansing — when God seals them in their forehead and they are mentally fixed and unswayable from the ways of The Lord, so that they instantaneously and outwardly confess Yeshuah as Lord, and at once are permanently connected in a spiritual “rapture” with our Lord – one that serves to guide them a safe distant from the actual physical tribulation of the world – a metaphorical mental-spiritual “forcefield” to shield from the sorrows of the End Times.

Is this phenomenon then a “spiritual” rapture at a time of physical exultation to the Lord for those saved?

If so, has the Rapture of the Church (the “Body” of Christ) already begun?

And if so does it then come to each person individually and thereby at different times rather than a single event that captures the whole church at once?

Does not the bible say that the Antichrist would be a convincing counterfeit as to deceive the very elect, if that were possible.

The Antichrist is thus thoroughly convincing, but for the Seal of God in the elect which holds their gaze firmly fixed on The Lord – locked-in (to the truth) like an Exocet missile.

Perhaps the Rapture is none other than the moment in time then when the church receives the Seal of God – with their mind’s eye fixed on God through Yeshua.