Born to Die

I’ve been listening to the Bible this Advent season, and it has helped my “old way” of reading to go away and has made way for a fresh way of thinking about many of the passages I’ve read over and over.

I’ve been on a journey the past two years of trying to study Jesus’ leadership. (trying to be more like Christ is just that- I try and fail!)
I believe that the Word of God is true cover to cover- and that with the proper interpretation from the Spirit of God alone, as well as emulating Jesus as feet-on-the-ground sent from Heaven: we can understand His Word- a love-letter to humanity.

I can’t believe we have a Savior who said His “heart went out to {us}”(Luke 7:11-14), a Savior who IS willing to make us well (Luke 5:12-13), the Light and Joy of our lives (Luke 8:16-18).

I love that our God, THE God, cared enough to be born into a lowly family, in a lowly town, in a tough government, who said “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance..” for, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. (Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭31-32‬ NIV)

Lastly, I can hardly believe Jesus came to die for us. How many times have we seen Jesus revealed in some fashion right before our eyes, and yet rejected His love and care?

This is the story Jesus used to tell the Super-righteous-religious crowd about His death as the Messiah:

“A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out. “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’ “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. “What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!” 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 cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” (‭Luke‬ ‭20‬:‭9-18‬ NIV)