My Daily Journal:
I recently finished reading the book Cross Roads by Wm. Paul Young. Many of you may know Young as the author of The Shack.
One of the things the book reminded me of is that God is always present. When we don’t see God it isn’t because God isn’t there, God is everywhere, OmniPresent. Instead it is because our vision is veiled by our own sin.
The past few weeks lessons have been lessons in what it means to be a Christ Follower. We are called to be humble, unselfish, compassionate and serving others. The opposites of those, prideful, selfish, uncaring and either self-serving or desiring to be served by others are all too “natural” characteristics in a fallen world. Each of these things in our lives is like a blindfold causing us to fail to see God in His full presence and glory.
In my divisions I included the story of the 2 blind men in this section because I think the whole message of the entrance into Jerusalem was about Jesus coming to heal the blind and lame.
The blindfolds of blindness have different characteristics in the story. Some are physically blind, but clearly see the character of Jesus. Some see Jesus triumphant entry into the city, but are blind to His real mission and message of salvation, Some see Him healing others but refuse to accept they themselves are blind.
Notice in both situations of Jesus healing physical blindness, there was another component. In the temple He healed the blind and lame. See, seeing is not enough, it is just the first part. Getting up and following Him is the only proper response to having the blindfolds removed.
How is sin clouding your vision of God? Are you asking for your blindness to be removed? If you have seen the light, are you still lying on your mat?
Jesus wouldn’t steal, so it must have been arranged. It wasn’t just that Jesus knew the owner, but that the owner knew Jesus!
A very large crowd
Pharisees Luke 19:39
Zach 9:9 – See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Psalm 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
House of prayer
John: Destroy temple and raise it up in 3 days
1 Cor: Bodies are temple of H/S
Eph 2: In him the whole building is raised, body of Christ = the church
forgives sin, purifies us of all unrighteousness, thoroughly washed and renewed through Holy Spirit