The One who is WITH us

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. (Isa. 53:3)

We want a warrior Messiah. We want the Jesus mean and wild. We want the celebrity Jesus all too often. So, when Jesus comes and identifies with the marginalized of our world and we find him in places like refugee camps, we don’t recognize him.

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Bow Down

It is Palm Sunday!

Give to the Lord the glory due his name!
Bow down to the Lord in holy splendor! (Psalm 29:2, CEB)

The Lord is strong. He is mighty.

This is about his Kingdom coming.

The week of Holy Week is remembrance. It is remembrance of his suffering.

We also remember that this day was triumphant in the eyes of so many in the crowds, but their expectations were skewed. They were looking for Messiah in their image.

Messiah in our image will always disappoint because Messiah will not conform to our image.

He did not come as King they way they expected.

Get ready, friends, because our King IS coming… and he will again blow all our expectations. But it’s HIS Kingdom. We bow down.

The Longing of Anna

For Sunday’s text I am focusing on “longing” for the return of Christ and using the Luke text on Anna as we watch her long for Messiah.

Here are some interesting things to notice right off the top:

1. She is OLD. Who in the world thinks about anyone over 25 doing anything for God these days?

2. She is a WOMAN! In that culture, it’s just not “kosher” to have a woman in this role!

3. She not only is welcomed in by God’s plan, but she welcomes in God. She is the one giving the blessing. It is a WOMAN who announces the coming of Messiah. She takes Messiah into her life, then announces him to the world.