altogether Beautiful...

That is what my Jesus is to me. His voice is sweet, and His form is lovely. The most amazing, incomprehensible thing, though, is that I am altogether Beautiful to Him.

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I am a daughter of the King. I am a friend of sinners. I am confident that nothing shall separate me from the love of God. I am seeking a heart after God's own heart. I am righteous in Jesus Christ, apart from the works of the law. I am not ashamed of the Gospel.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Sushi...

I love sushi. Strange, but true. Ever since that first bite, where the wasabi burned my nostrils and the strange blend of rice, seaweed, crab, and various other componants swam around in my mouth as I tried not to spit it all out... I've been hooked. I even think about it in church sometimes. But not today! Ok, just for a minute... but mostly I thought about the sermon. WoW! What a sermon!

The text for the sermon was the book of Job. Pastor Wells explored and explained the wrongful judgment of Job's friends. They saw what appeared to them to be clear evidence of sin in Job's life, and they judged him for it. To them, there was no other solution. Does God punish people for nothing? Job's good name was destroyed among his friends, he had been found guilty and stood condemned. And yet... he was innocent. Job's name stood clear and pure and spotless before God. God approved of Job, while his closest friends judged him. Who's opinion matters to me?

Then we moved to Jesus. When we look at the pattern of Christ, we see that at no time did He explain to someone how they had gotten into their predicament before helping them. Instead, He HEALED them! When Christians fail we so often are ashamed to mention it to one another, for it to be known in the Church- because the Church has become to many a place of judgment! And yet- The SICK the WEEK the FAILING - Flocked to Jesus. They sought after Him. It is important to note that in that time sickness was seen as a direct punishment of God for some sin in one's life. So these people ran to Jesus, knowing that He would not judge them, He would heal them. How do we handle those who appear to be under the chastisemnet of God?

One of the most beautiful stories of Christ's character is the story of the adulteress woman.
When she was cast at Jesus' feet and the men wanted to stone her according to the Mosaic Law, His immediate response was to Protect her. He protected Her! He gathered her in His love and stood between her and her accusers with the direction- "He who is without sin among you, cast the first stone." Do we protect or defend those whom we know to be guilty in the face of their accusers? Jesus did. Then He spoke to the woman, "Where are your accusers?" She looks up from the earth, and sees only Christ. Then, wonder of wonders, he forgives her-- before she repents!! The woman was not asked to make things right in order to receive forgiveness, she was not even made to confess. Finally, Jesus sent her on her way- without ever addressing the sin which brought her to His feet. She knew her sin, her guilt, and Jesus did not remind her of it. He simply forgave her, and told her gently to go, and, "sin no more."

Why oh WHY do we feel the need to reveal other's sins to them?! WHY must we tell our brothers and sisters that they got themselves into their predicaments? Jesus didn't! He Protected the guilty, Forgave the guilty before they repented, and he Exhorted them as they left to live holy lives. - and he didn't do it with a half-hour sermon/ lecture! Oh, let us follow the example of Christ! Let us not judge unrighteously, based on our own understanding and our own convictions and fence laws! Let us let God be God, and affirm the truth in our own hearts. Let me be like Jesus.

8 Comments:

Blogger cd2078 said...

Your, thoughts however do beg the questions when is the correct time to judge?

4:06 AM, February 27, 2006  
Anonymous amansfield said...

I've never quite been able to explain that story to my satisfaction. Forgiveness alone without justice is imbalanced. What is the primary purpose of the law though? Isn't it redemption?I'm sure Jesus' primary motivation was to bring the woman back to Him and perhaps He realized that the best way to accomplish this would be to show her the love she needed. In other words, His 'judgement' was the decision to have mercy. And that mercy was justice... because (at least the story implies) the end result was redemption.

Of course, you make that kind of argument and you've just given a 'moral' punch against the death penalty. lol. Oh well.

3:48 PM, February 27, 2006  
Blogger Shannon Hodges said...

Ok, very good thoughts which I will have to get back to. From pj's (now) to suit and leaving for work I have about 5 minutes... wish me luck! Oh yes, and I will be working (IACC & school) through Saturday so I better not post again until at least then! Pray for my music test!!

4:52 AM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger Shannon Hodges said...

So... is the assumption that for Christians there IS a correct time to judge?

Even Jesus did not condemn the world- "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:17

Luke 6:37 says "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." I think that this may be referring to our lives on earth- how we conduct ourselves on earth towards others is how we shall be treated... with mercy or condemnation, with forgiveness or unforgiveness.

I do not think that it is ever a Christians place to judge. To make a judgment... perhaps- but in a different sense. To punish a child is not neccessarily to judge them, to practice church discipline is not to judge- truly, both cases are situations where correctional action is actually loving.- both God and man.

Anyway, more thoughts are welcome.

6:56 PM, March 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Differentiation should be made - you can judge the act without condeming the person.

G'ma

5:19 PM, March 05, 2006  
Blogger Shannon Hodges said...

So true. Thank you G'ma!

7:33 PM, March 05, 2006  
Anonymous amansfield said...

There is a big difference between judgment in a spirit of condemnation and judgment to distinguish right from wrong...

9:18 PM, March 05, 2006  
Anonymous Lauren said...

So why do you wait FOREVER between post's. IT has been a really long time and I know you have more to say. ;)

7:22 AM, March 08, 2006  

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