13 May 2016

I AM – Closing Thought - And They All Fell Down

Greetings Dear Reader,

Jesus knew everything that was going to happen to him. So he went to meet them and asked, "Who are you looking for?" They answered him, "Jesus from Nazareth." Jesus told them, "I AM." Judas, who handed him over, was standing with the crowd.  When Jesus told them, "I AM," the crowd backed away and fell to the ground.

Try to imagine this moment with me Dear Reader.  Soldiers and Priests come with Judas to the garden.  They are there to arrest Jesus.  Instead of just Jesus they find the other apostles, the women who were with them, and Jesus.  Judas points out which one is Jesus with a kiss. 

Jesus asks who they seek, already knowing what it next.  The soldiers and priests need their skulduggery to have a semblance of propriety.  They announce that they seek Jesus of Nazareth.  Jesus does the honest thing.   He announces who he is.

In that moment of self-revelation something happens.  In that moment he leaves no doubt as to who he is.  In the time it takes to speak two words (only one in Hebrew) and in fact only two syllables he gives them a glimpse.   Jesus speaks, “I AM”.   He speaks the name that was given Moses on the mountain.  He speaks the very essence of the Creator.

For a single moment they are confronted with the very presence of God in the form of a rustic carpenter.  The Avatar lifts the veil and the humans fall down.  He could have wiped them out then and there with a thought.  He could have demanded that they see him for who he is. 

Instead he heals an enemy that is wounded by a friend.  He continues to love the man who handed him over.  He gives a brief opportunity for them to see him and believe. Then he walks away with them to die.  The eternal present heads into the future to fulfill all the things he claims to be and to redeem us to eternity out of time.

This is the I AM that I follow.  You should get to know him Dear Reader.

God’s Own Fool – Michael Card

Seems I've imagined Him all of my life
As the wisest of all of mankind
But if God's Holy wisdom is foolish to men
He must have seemed out of His mind

For even His family said He was mad
And the priests said a demon's to blame
But God in the form of this angry young man
Could not have seemed perfectly sane

When we in our foolishness thought we were wise
He played the fool and He opened our eyes
When we in our weakness believed we were strong
He became helpless to show we were wrong
And so we follow God's own fool
For only the foolish can tell-
Believe the unbelievable
And come be a fool as well

So come lose your life for a carpenter's son
For a madman who died for a dream
And you'll have the faith His first followers had
And you'll feel the weight of the beam

So surrender the hunger to say you must know
Have the courage to say I believe
For the power of paradox opens your eyes
And blinds those who say they can see
When we in our foolishness thought we were wise
He played the fool and He opened our eyes
When we in our weakness believed we were strong
He became helpless to show we were wrong
And so we follow God's own fool
For only the foolish can tell-
Believe the unbelievable
And come be a fool as well

So we follow God's own Fool
For only the foolish can tell
Believe the unbelievable,
And come be a fool as well

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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