The Evidence You
Most of us don't have a friendly neighborhood blacksmith anymore. Some of us city folks
might never see one if they
didn't have them at historic sites and some old-time American
theme parks. I'm pretty sure the first blacksmith our three- year-old granddaughter ever saw
was the one at the park we took her to not long ago. When we stopped by the blacksmith's
shop, we were the only ones there.
Our granddaughter was pretty interested in his fire and
how he pounded these hot, shapeless metal things into useful objects. Later, as we started
to leave, Mr. Blacksmith stopped us. Even though he does some pretty tough work, he was
obviously a caring man. He caught up with us
because he wanted to do something special
for our little girl - he handed her a nail that he had just made. She wouldn't let go of that nail
for most of the rest of the day. And it's still one of her treasures.
Our granddaughter has a reminder of a blacksmith who took a special interest in her -
evidence is a nail. It's hard for me to think about that without thinking of the Man who
demonstrated His love for me with the same kind of evidence - a nail. Actually, three nails -
the two they drove through His hands and the one they drove through His feet when they
hung Him on a cross.
Jesus brought back to heaven only one thing from His visit to earth - the nail prints in
His hands and feet. They are the unarguable evidence of how very much Jesus loves you.
I don't know what your experiences with love have been life in your life. Maybe you've been
blessed to have lots of love over the years. You can still be missing the love you were made
for - the love on which your eternity depends - the love of Jesus Christ. Or maybe love - or
the absence of it - has been the source of a lot of hurt and disappointment in your life. Because
we tend to expect from God the same kind of treatment we've gotten from humans, it just
be hard for you to believe that the greatest Person in the universe deeply loves you.
Consider the nails. Consider His wounds. It was, in fact, the sight of those wounds that drove
a man named Thomas to throw open His life to Jesus. Thomas had followed Jesus for three years.
He had heard all the sermons, seen all the miracles. But apparently he had withheld his total com -
mitment. When Jesus came back from the grave and appeared to all the disciples but Thomas,
Thomas said he would not believe that Jesus was alive unless he touched the wounds from His
death on the cross. When Jesus appeared a second time with Thomas in the room, He invited the
doubter to come and touch the holes the nails and the spear had left. All Thomas could do was to
fall on his knees and cry out, "My Lord and My God." (John 20:28)
The awful punishment that Jesus submitted Himself to was, in reality, the punishment for my sin -
for your sin. And the worst punishment wasn't what people could see. It was the Son of God being
totally cut off from God the Father as He carried all the horror and all the hell of our sin. The certainty
of His love is powerfully expressed in Isaiah 49:15-16, which is our word for today from the Word of God:
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though
she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands." Every time
Jesus looks at His hands, He thinks of you and me because His love for us is engraved there in the print
of the nails.
That's why it's so unforgivable to reject His love. You may not mean to reject Him, but if a gift is offered
to you and you just sit there, you have rejected both the gift and the giver. Jesus is
holding out to you eternal
life in heaven; the forgiving of every sin of your life. The greatest mistake a person can make is to fail to respond
to the life-giving love of Jesus Christ. If you've never actually given yourself to the Savior who gave His life for you,
don't risk one more day without Him. Today tell Him, "Jesus, I am Yours."
If you're ready to experience His love for yourself, let me encourage you to visit our website. You can read
or you can listen to a simple explanation of how to be sure you've begun your relationship with Jesus.
Or you can call for the Yours For Life booklet at 877-741-1200.*
You know, Jesus has been reaching for you for a long time with a hand with scars that prove how much He
loves you. He won't be reaching forever. Isn't it time you grabbed His hand? - - Ron Hutchcraft
*Not amalgamated with 'Thought & Humor'.
I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really
foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus Christ]:
"I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I
don't accept His claim to be God."
That is the one thing we must not
say. A man who was
merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would
not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic --
on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg --
or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
You must make your choice. Either this Man was, and is,
the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse ....
You can shut Him up for fool, you can spit at Him and kill
Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him
Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing
nonsense about His being a great hum! an teacher. He has
not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.
-- From Case for Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
Why The U.S.A. Is At War:
(Not amalgamated with 'Thought & Humor')
This government site offers access to historic documents.
View the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.
'Thought & Humor' - often polemical but
Please note: If you see a UNC student or liberal reading 'Thought & Humor',
please explain to them which
is thought & which is humor. They usually get it backwards.......
God designed humans to want to believe in something.
That's the image of God that is in us. But as G. K.
Chesterton famously put it, when we reject the God
of the Bible, we don't believe in nothing; we believe
in everything -- including Little Green Men.
- - Chuck Colson
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Dr. R.C. Sproul:
Once upon a time.... These words signal the beginning of a fairy tale,
a story of make believe, not an account of sober history. Unlike beginning
with the words once upon a time, the Bible begins with the words, In
the beginning God.... This statement, at the front end of the entire Bible,
introduces the Pentateuch or the first five books of the Old Testament,
and it sets the stage for Gods activity in linear history. From the opening
chapters of Genesis to the end of the book of Revelation, the entire dynamic
of redemption takes place within the broader setting of real space and time,
of concrete history.
The historical character of Judeo-Christianity is what markedly
distinguishes it from all forms of mythology. A myth finds its value
in its moral or spiritual application, while its historical reality remains
insignificant. The twentieth century witnessed a crisis in the
dimension of biblical Christianity. German theologians made a crucial
distinction between ordinary history and what they called salvation
history, or sometimes redemptive history. This distinction was based
in the first instance on the obvious character of sacred Scripture, namely,
that it is not only a record of the ordinary events of men and nations. It
is not a mere chronicle of human activity but includes within it the
revelation of Gods activity in the midst of history. Because the Bible
differs from ordinary history and was called salvation history, it was
a short step from there to ripping the biblical revelation out of its
historical context altogether. No one was more important in the snatching
of the Gospels out of history than the German theologian Rudolf Bultmann.
Bultmann devised a new theology that he called a theology of timelessness.
This theology of timelessness is not interested in the past
or in the future
as categories of reality. What counts according to Bultmann is the hic et
nunc, the here and now, or the present moment. Salvation doesnt take
place on the horizontal plane of history, but it takes place vertically in
the present moment or what others called the existential moment.
When salvation is understood in these terms, the whole notion of linear
history becomes basically insignificant and unimportant. The old quest for
the historical Jesus can then be abandoned as being a fools errand. Again,
for Bultmanns existential Gospel, salvation comes directly and immediately
from above. It comes from the vertical plane, in a moment of existential
Oscar Cullman, the Swiss scholar, wrote strenuously combating the vertical,
existential theology of Bultmann by doing a fascinating study of the concept
of time itself in Scripture. He emphasized, for example, the distinction
Greek words, both of which can be translated by the English
word time. The two Greek words are kairos and chronos. Chronos refers to the
moment-by-moment passage of time. It is the word from which English words
like chronicle, chronology, or chronometer are derived. It refers to the
ordinary passage of time in history. Kairos refers to a particularly
pregnant moment in history that is of enduring significance. A kairotic
moment is a moment that shapes the history of everything that comes after
it. In the Old Testament, for example, the exodus was a kairotic moment.
In the New Testament, the birth of Jesus, the cross, and the resurrection
are all kairotic moments. The closest word we have to this in English is
the word historic. Every event that takes place in history is historical, but
not every event that takes place in history is deemed historic. To be
historic it has to have special significance and special impact on life. So
the Bible is the record of Gods historic works of redemption within the
context of space and time. Take the Gospel and its message out of the
context of history, and Christianity is destroyed altogether.
Dr. R.C. Sproul is minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrews
Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is theologian in residence for Ligonier
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound
more and more in knowledge and
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