November 12 / Proverbs 12 / Mark 15

Proverbs 12:15-16

Fools think they are right, but the wise listen to advice.

Proverbs 12:23

Wise people keep what they know to themselves, but fools can’t keep from showing how foolish they are.

Proverbs 12:25

Worry is a heavy load, but a kind word cheers you up.

Encourage 3 people everyday.  Make the world a better place with this simplest of actions.  Intentionally express your appreciation for someone this day.  Far too many times we think of what somebody means to us, yet hold back from expressing it for some reason.

To know you are seen and appreciated is one of the greatest and most life-giving of experiences.

Mark 15:38

The Temple veil was torn in two from top to bottom.

The barriers we put up between people of different races, nationalities, economic conditions, and other external distinctions are torn apart, rendered useless, in Jesus Christ, as surely as the curtain in the Temple was torn from top to bottom.

-from The Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible

Jesus fulfilled the promise of YHWH to bless all the nations of the earth thru Israel.  Access to the presence of God has been paid for all people He has made.  It is no longer our sin that keeps us from God, for that has been decisively dealt with.  Rather it is our decision to trust in ourselves that keeps us from the full, joyful access to the presence of God in heaven

The Holy of Holies, which the priest could enter only once a year, was the ultimate symbol of God’s dwelling place.  God’s rending of the veil meant that He was now available apart from the Temple system, and that the old Temple order stood judged and abolished.

-from The IVP Bible Background Commentary

Do you see how we still require people to depend on someone to enter the Holy of Holies for us?  And to worship at the Temple?  And to follow the Law?  Even, dare we say it, the Bible?

Do you see how small this is?  How limiting?

We follow Jesus Christ.  The living person who is the revelation of God, who it all was pointing to.

He gives life and freedom, unlike any of those other things.  We need the Bible as our guide, but do not ever exchange it for the larger than life person of Jesus Himself.  We are called Christians, not Bibleians, or Churchians.  The term someone used was “Churchianity.”

Now, following Christ, you will then naturally want to dig into His words, as well as spend time communing and sharpening with others who are following Him.  And when you follow Jesus first, this will be freeing and life giving to the nth degree!

Again, Scripture and other believers help us from making up our own version of Jesus and following that concoction, but we must remember, always, to seek after and pursue and rest in the actual person Jesus.  He gives us life.  He is the Vine to which we are to be connected if we want life.  He did not say Scripture is the Vine, or people are the Vine, or church is the Vine.  In fact He told some religious leaders that they were mistakenly looking for life in the Scriptures when Life itself was standing right before them!  C’mon people!!!

We all want to be known, seen, heard, cherished, and loved unconditionally.  If you’re human, you want this.  You crave this. Yes, you do.  And this comes perfectly from only one Source, and that is God thru Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  And it’s pure awesomeness…!

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