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Every Christmas for the past seven years, these words cross my mind and when they do, I pause for a moment and just wonder.
These are the words
God’s answer to everything that terrorized us was not an army or king but a child.
I guess I may have listened to these words in a sermon or read them in a book. I will not take credit for such impressive words. These words have lent meaning to Christmas time, for me. Ever since the gospel of grace powered itself into my heart, my appreciation for Christian celebrations came full circle.
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I don’t know how this got started but for some years now, whenever Christmas time comes around, this song, One of Us, written by Eric Bazilian, and originally released by Joan Osborne, unconsciously taps itself into play. It’s as if my memory bank set this song to auto-play whenever it’s Christmas. And it plays on repeat throughout. I wake up in the morning and the first thing I hear is the chorus of the song.
Here’s the chorus of the song
What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home?
Songwriters: Eric Bazilian / Eric M. Bazilian
One of Us lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
When I first listened to this song, I thought it was sacrilegious. My view of God was of a being in heaven with all power and majesty. A God too pure to be equated to us. A God too lofty to be reduced down to human terms. And yet this song tagged at what we all know is true. We all know, whether we acknowledge it or not, that there is a higher being – a more powerful being. We all know we are not alone in this world, and we all wonder whether this being knows and understands us.
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On November 30th, 2018, I attended my first ever TEDx talk in Johannesburg. It had been a desire of mine for many years to attend the famed conference. When I got the opportunity, I took it.
The TEDx is a meeting where great minds share their ideas on a specific theme. This year’s theme was Decoding Greatness. The theme was centered on Nelson Mandela and others like him. As you know, Nelson Mandela is an international icon who amongst others brought an end to apartheid. 18 speakers from diverse fields shared their own ideas on greatness using Nelson Mandela’s life as a prop. It was exciting, inspiring, and enlightening.
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Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
Jenny and I use Hebrews 4:16 often when we pray together. Most mornings before we leave the house we ask the Lord for grace. Just ten minutes of prayer and Holy Communion does it for us, and Hebrews 4:16 will undoubtedly be used in our prayers. Aren’t we spiritual people? Lol. Roll your eyes.
A gospel purist would argue that New Covenant Christians are already (present tense) at the throne of grace, that we are seated with Jesus in heavenly places, that we are at the right hand of the Father, and Hebrews was written to Jews who needed instruction on the contrasts between the Old and New Covenant. I concede.
I had a look at the Greek word for to and saw something interesting. The Greek word for to is eis, which means to or into. To or into are prepositions and in the Bible are often used interchangeably. I then replaced “to” (come to) with “into” (come into) and the scripture took on a different meaning.
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I’d like to share this song with you.
In this song, you see the gospel, our response, and how our outlook on life changes too.
- Gospel – You know my name… And you know my name…
- Our Response – So now, I pour out My heart to You…
- Outlook – No fire can burn me, No battle can turn me, No mountain can stop me…
God in Christ Jesus lavishes us his grace and then we respond by giving ourselves to him. When this is reversed, grace goes missing.
Here’s the lyrics to the song
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Estimated Reading Time: 4 min, 49 sec But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. Mark 6:33-34 (NKJV) A picture is formed in our minds. A picture that modern people are certainly conversant with. We are ever running. You and I are running from or running towards something. We are ever in continuous motion. Always … Continue reading Three things Jesus gives to hurried and hungry people