Excerpt from Jesus with Dirty Feet
In His Own Words
Jesus' length inaugural address, his coming-out speech,
his summary of his entire message, how he kicked off
those three years:
"I've got some good news for you . . .
The Kingdom of Yahweh has come near!
You can turn around now."
Jesus' rallying cry, his campaign strategy, his insightful
and persuasive rhetoric:
Jesus on himself:
"I am the bread--
you are starving,
and I am life-saving bread.
I am your sustenance,
the basic staple you need to life.
If you eat me
you will live.
I am light.
You are stumbling in darkness,
and I am illuminating light.
If you follow me
you'll stop stubbing your souls.
I am a shepherd.
You are ill-fated, awkward,
and I am
your loving shepherd.
I've named you.
I really like you.
I lead you to feasts of grass
and kill the scheming wolves.
You know my voice
and will live as you follow it.
I am a vine.
You are little branches,
and I am the only vine
that reaches the ground
and has roots in the rich soil
If you don't anchor yourself in me,
you will be a brittle, dead branch.
If you make a home in me,
you will bear fruit.
That's the whole point of a branch.
I am your father.
You are my beautiful children,
and I am your provider
and forgiving comforter.
If you live with me,
you'll grow up
in strength and wisdom.
You'll grow up
in the freedom of knowing
you're always loved and treasured."
Jesus the Messiah's intricate, well-thought-out strategy
for ultimate victory, his game plan, his secret weapon, his
plan of attack that would change reality forever:
"I'll tell everyone the good news
about turning around . . .
and then those in charge will want to see me dead.
And they will . . . for three days.
And after those three days
we will have turned a corner.
Reality will be indelibly altered.
I will have beaten death.
And we will have won.
Psalm 85 (MSG)
1-3 God, you smiled on your good earth!
You brought good times back to Jacob!
You lifted the cloud of guilt from your people,
you put their sins far out of sight.
You took back your sin-provoked threats,
you cooled your hot, righteous anger.
4-7 Help us again, God of our help;
don’t hold a grudge against us forever.
You aren’t going to keep this up, are you?
scowling and angry, year after year?
Why not help us make a fresh start—a resurrection life?
Then your people will laugh and sing!
Show us how much you love us, God!
Give us the salvation we need!
8-9 I can’t wait to hear what he’ll say.
God’s about to pronounce his people well,
The holy people he loves so much,
so they’ll never again live like fools.
See how close his salvation is to those who fear him?
Our country is home base for Glory!
10-13 Love and Truth meet in the street,
Right Living and Whole Living embrace and kiss!
Truth sprouts green from the ground,
Right Living pours down from the skies!
Oh yes! God gives Goodness and Beauty;
our land responds with Bounty and Blessing.
Right Living strides out before him,
and clears a path for his passage.
Today's Lenten Activity:
Pray the Lord's prayer today at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm.
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