Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Only once in the New Testament is Jesus described as a lion. The book of Revelation (named in part for what it reveals about Christ) portrays the risen Jesus as the only one worthy to open the scroll that contains the ultimate unfolding of God's purposes for the world. The apostle John perceived Jesus as both Lion and Lamb, who through his death and resurrection becomes the ultimate victor and conqueror.
When you pray to Jesus as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, you are praying to the One with the power to banish all fear, to the One who watches over you with his fierce protecting love. You are also praying to the One who is judge of the living and the dead.
I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals." Revelation 5:4 - 5
~ from Ann Spangler, "Praying the Names of Jesus" (the devotional at Crosswalk) (her words will always be shared in "red")
In the Hebrew Scriptures, Yahweh is sometimes depicted as a lion who roars in judgment against the nations and against his own faithless people.But he is also depicted as a mighty lion who fights fiercely on behalf of his people.Revelation depicts the risen Christ as the mightiest of all victors. He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the one found worthy to open the scrolls of history, meaning that he is in charge of history and of how the world's destiny unfolds.
Other Scriptures to READ that Ann shares this week:Genesis 49:8-10Revelations 5:1-10Amos 3:6-8; John 3:36Joel 3:16; Matthew 27:50-54Isaiah 11:6-9; Revelation 5:5-6; Matthew 11:28Hosea 11:9-11; Proverbs 19:12; Proverbs 28:1; Psalm 106:8; Isaiah 31:4-5
Saturday, March 27, 2010
In the last chapter of the book of Revelation, Jesus calls himself the "bright Morning Star." In ancient times, the morning star was thought of as a herald of the new day, signaling the dawn of hope and joy. The brightest object in the sky aside from the sun and moon, it is a fitting type for Christ, who ushers in a new day for the entire world. When you call on Jesus, the Bright Morning Star, you are calling on the One from whom all darkness flees."I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star."
(from Ann Spangler's book)
So I have chosen the following song to reflect on Jesus as the Bright, Morning Star
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Cindy Cruse Ratcliff singing her own song "I Cry Out"...
May God draw you closer and allow Cindy's words to minister as you trust in the God of your salvation! He is your hope, your strength, and your King just as He is hers and mine. Trust in Him and allow Him to renew you today!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Stones were used for building altars, homes, palaces, and temples. When "capstone" or "cornerstone" is mentioned in the Bible, it refers to a particularly important stone that held two rows of stones together in a corner, one that stabilized the structure at the foundation, or one that formed the keystone over an arch or at the top of a roof parapet. In order to hold the structure together, the cornerstone had to be perfectly fitted for the task, both strong and well shaped. A flawed or poorly cut stone would compromise the building's integrity
Jesus is the Cornerstone or Capstone to which we are joined as living stones. Together we form a spiritual house in which God can dwell.Key Scripture
As the foundation stone on which God is building his kingdom, Jesus is strong enough to hold everything together. He is also the fitting conclusion to all God's work. When you pray to him as the Cornerstone, you are praying to the One on whom you can base your life.
Jesus looked directly at them and asked, "Then what is the meaning of that which is written: 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone'?" Luke 20:17
As the EASTER season is quickly approaching, it is so right for us to be reflecting on the Name of JESUS and the Names of Jesus like CORNERSTONE/CAPSTONE
Here are the PROMISES in SCRIPTURE:
So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
"See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who trusts will never be dismayed."
If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. . . . "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:9, 13
Continue to PRAY AND PRAISE HIM as we...
Rely on the Lord, who is your rock and refuge. (Psalm 18:2)
Praise Jesus, who has become the cornerstone. (John 2:13 - 20)
Recall that there is only one foundation. (1 Corinthians 3:11)
Remember that you are no longer your own. You are a living stone, being built into a spiritual house. (1 Peter 2:4 - 9)
Repent so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (Acts 3:1 - 4:12)
Pray for God's chosen people to believe in his Son. (Luke 19:41 - 44)
and he will be a sanctuary;
but for both houses of Israel he will be
a stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people
of Jerusalem he will be
a trap and a snare.
Isaiah 8:13 - 14
Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. "Do you see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down." Matthew 24:1 - 2
When Jesus quoted the passage from Psalm 118:22, referring to the stone the builders rejected, he was pointing to his rejection by the Jewish nation and its leaders. But despite their rejection, God's purposes could not be thwarted.
In fact, the master builder would make Jesus, through his death and resurrection, the Akrogoniaios Lithos (ah-krogo-nee-EYE-os LI-thos), capstone or cornerstone, on which he would build.
The New Testament portrays the whole community of believers as a holy temple in which God dwells.
To those who reject Jesus and his saving message, he will be not a cornerstone but a stone of stumbling, because rejection of God's chosen one inevitably brings judgment.
As an interesting side note, the royal name was often inscribed on the cornerstone, and among the ancient Canaanites before the time of Joshua, the laying of the foundation stone was often accompanied by human sacrifice. Tragically, a number of skeletons, especially those of small babies in earthen jars, have been found at various sites.
Lord, Jesus, You are the cornerstone on which God is building. I pray that You will help me to build my life on You in a way that makes me a vital, living stone, so that I may be part of God's dwelling place on earth.
What do you think it means to build your life on Jesus as the Cornerstone?
What does it mean that Jesus is a stone that people will fall on?