That Whoever Believes!

That Whoever Believes!

I love these videos of Matt Harding dancing around the globe.  The videos from 2008 and 2012 are probably my favorites.  Below is the clip from 2016 and while I’m not stoked on the tune, I’m still enthralled by the beautiful folks from all over the world.  Each video is a reminder of how big God’s creation is and how huge HIS love is for that creation. It is also a clear picture of the ultimate Kingdom of Heaven which is not about geography but people in whose hearts God rules.  They are an ever present reminder of Revelation 7 that speaks of not only the present, but the future fulfilled Kingdom where a “great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, was standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”  Also, they are an additional reminder of one of the most famous verse in the Bible; John 3:16 in which Jesus proclaims that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that WHOEVER believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  That statement by Christ is such a great proclamation of God’s grace and also the diversity of HIS love.  All of mankind is included in the offer to respond this amazing grace.  And that, along with Matt’s videos, just makes me smile.

What about God’s creation makes you smile?

 

All of Jesus and the Truths that Test.  Part II.  Jonah, The Whale, and a Whole Lot of Grace.

All of Jesus and the Truths that Test. Part II. Jonah, The Whale, and a Whole Lot of Grace.

 

The old Sunday School lesson says that Jonah was swallowed by a whale and spit out three days later to preach God’s message to Nineveh.  So the story goes anyway.  While the original text does not require the specific word whale be used, Jonah 1:17 does give that account.  Historically, the event would have taken place during the reign Jeroboam II around 793 – 753 BC.  The context is one of Jonah being commanded by God to go and preach to Nineveh which he didn’t want to do because of his personal and national animosities to the Assyrians.  Nineveh was their capital city.  Jonah rebelled and went in the opposite direction by sea.  God intervened and the men of the ship threw Jonah overboard into the ocean which is where the oversize critter showed up for lunch. It was during his time in the big tuna that Jonah himself repented and thus God caused the fish to vomit Jonah up onto dry land giving the prophet a second chance at obedience. Jonah did obey this time and the text tells us that after his preaching to Nineveh the city repented and accepted God’s grace. Nice story. But did it actually happen and so what? (more…)