marriage feast

The parables that Jesus told really summarize the gospel message. I was reading the parable of the marriage feast today from Matthew 22:1-14 and this is easily my favorite one. In this parable, there is a king who invites his subjects to a marriage feast he is throwing for his son. But the people invited don’t accept the invitation and torture and kill the king’s servants who deliver the invitations. This is a stunning depiction of our attitude towards God before the gospel is given to us. We were hostile to God and didn’t want anything to do with Him. We were content to live our lives ignoring Him and living in constant defiance of His Word and Laws. So what does the king do when he finds his servants have been killed? He has the villages burned to repay their murder.

God’s wrath for sin is not far away. He will eventually repay all humanity for the sins they have lived in for so long. None will be left on the day when God brings His wrath against the world. Just as in the days of Noah, there will be no escaping the flood.

The only good news is that there is an ark! An escape route has been given to us so that we don’t have to face God’s wrath for sin. Our ark is Jesus of Nazareth. In the parable, the king needs new guests so he sends his servants out to invite all they meet on the road and in the fields. When they show up, they’re all wearing wedding garments.

Our wedding garments are the righteous robes of Jesus that He wore while on earth which He has given to us out of love. Without His robe of righteousness we cannot hope to gain access to God’s kingdom. The love of God to give up His own righteousness and give it to us who are most unworthy is so great I can’t even begin to fathom the depth of it! Thank you Lord Jesus for giving up Your life and Your righteousness You earned on earth for our sakes! All I can do in response is praise You!

The Humility of Christ

Our eyes are haughty and our lies are naughty
the Holy Christ bore our sins inside His body
yea, His veins they burst but no one’s pain was worse
cause the One who made the earth became a curse!
He was One with the Father’s Essence
But on cross the God of heaven cut off His presence
And I can’t share any language
that can rightly describe the Christ’s despair and His anguish
So forever will I tell:
In three hours, Christ suffered more than any sinner ever will in hell! (It is finished)
He who had infinite joy and pleasure
became a Man of Sorrows so we could join forever

“The Humility of Christ” — Timothy Brindle

Flavel

“‘Ask what thou wilt, and it shall be given thee’, said Herod to the daughter of Herodias.  Well, you are liberal in spending treasures upon your lusts; and believe it, God will spend treasures of wrath to punish you for your lusts.  It had been a thousand times better for you if you had never had an estate, that you had begged your bread from door to door, than to have such a sad reckoning as you shall shortly have for it.” — Flavel on Lust 20-21

Sin promises a lot of things that are lies.  If you ever want a clear depiction of what sin really promises but will never tell you, think about this quote.  The consequences of sin is death in the physical body and death in the spiritual state as well.  The Bible says that on the Day of the LORD the when Jesus Christ is revealed from heaven and comes to judge the world the wicked will cry out for the mountains to fall on them to hide them from the horror of their impending wrath.  God will punish all sin and it will be better for sinners to have never been born than to be faced with the terror of the LORD on judgement day.  But praise be to God that we know a Name!  A name that promises that if we call on Him in faith we will be saved from that horrible holocaust.  Jesus Christ is our savior for all who believe on Him and believe that He took our sins away and bore the punishment for them on the cross.  Even the most wicked sins are forgiven through the cross because “with God all things are possible”!

Foreign players

Just a thought here, I’m watching Internazionale Milano play Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final andInter are up 3-1.  Why is it that the club in second place in the Italian table only has one Italian player in their starting 11?  That seems to be a problem to me…

Be Thou my vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one

Lord, it belongs not to my care

A great hymn by Richard Baxter (1681) that really puts life and God and Christ into a glorious perspective!

Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give.

If life be long, I will be glad,
That I may long obey;
If short, yet why should I be sad
To welcome endless day?

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before;
He that unto God’s kingdom comes
Must enter by this door.

Come, Lord, when grace hath made me meet
Thy blessèd face to see;
For if Thy work on earth be sweet
What will Thy glory be!

Then I shall end my sad complaints
And weary sinful days,
And join with the triumphant saints
That sing my Savior’s praise.

My knowledge of that life is small,
The eye of faith is dim;
But ’tis enough that Christ knows all,
And I shall be with Him.