Tuesday, February 28, 2006

something else...

i guess this has been born out of a desire to do something new. out of a need for something else.

there will indeed be questions. there will be ruminations about the scriptures. but moreover, a journey into the heart of the kingdom. to know what it means to live in the light in practical ways. ways that bleed over into the every day.

and about celebrating. if we indeed have received this forgiveness, and this king, and this spirit, and this power...we need to celebrate. because i do agree with tony campolo. at the heart of it all, the kingdom of god is a party. and i want this party to live in me at all times. and i want to bring this party to everyone at all times. because truly, everyone has been invited.

in light of this, let's start picking out our "wedding clothes" for the real party. the party to end all parties. the wedding banquet.

Mt 22:11-14 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Rev 19:7-9 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

it's time to get dressed. let's get this rehearsal right before the real thing goes down. much love and strength and peace to all the brothers and sisters tonight.

no matter what has gone before us in the past, it's time for something else...

59 comments:

Herschel said...

what so awesome is that I was just overcome with joy and worship singing a song while playing here ont he computer and then i came to this and it makes sense....

whjy the ehck do we constantly brood? why are we, who have more reasons than are able to be counted to be joyful so full of misery?

take the shackles off my feet so I can dance. I want to praise Him!!

the Kingdom of God is a party! A joyful joyful party.

Cheryl said...

awesome word today brother - makes me think of a Greg and Rebecca Sparks song. "I can't dance when you stand on my feet, I can't stand when you pull me down, I have found the truth and the truth has set me free." I have found the truth and I feel like dancing. Wooooooo hoooooooooo

Tessa said...

"(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)"

OOOOOOh Jon!

you struck me to the core of my being with this one....

lately this has been on my heart so much... i mean, knowing ABOUT God just isn't enough... but i feel so inprisoned within my flesh lately, so befuddled by the thought of what God wants from me. Acting like a fallower of God is challenging to just think about. What does a fallower of Christ look like?

and yet i know when i get to heaven i need to be wearing some linens.

Thanks for the challenge i guess.

jON said...

not really meant to be a challenge. simply a statement of what's brewing in me now.

i think that at the heart of all this is just what jesus said. putting his words into action. this should flow naturally, but for some reason, i have found much blockage in myself by following the religion of my youth and their teachings on how to make it practical.

not to point fingers anywhere. the only finger i have to point is at myself. it is my fault that i have done or not done the things in my life.

and now i want to do what my heart screams for. to serve people in love and celebrate with them. whoever they may be. every day.

Paul said...

Party on!

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