Promising Profile

You’re scrolling through your feed.  Why do you hit “like”? Is it the latest age-defying miracle treatment and a model wearing the latest and greatest? A friend from high school that you had wondered about?   A meme that is perfect for your personality and professions? A family or individual living your dream?  How about the cutest baby animal in the world? A National Park you follow?  Is it a celebrity?  Is it your favorite scripture? Or are you just mindlessly scrolling out of habit?  Do you scroll with hope?

I wonder what it would be like if HE walked among us today.  His profile simply “King of Kings” (he has so many choices for usernames).   We don’t know it, but his account will be gone one week from today.

Today’s post might reach a record (next weekend’s post would shatter the record).  It’s just a dusty road and ride on a donkey.  And the camera could only capture a minimal number waving and laying the palms for his entrance.  Well, maybe a drone would catch it all.  Unmute it.  Do you hear it? “Hosanna!” over and over and over.   My desire to snap a selfie would be snuffed out. With my arms extended, for only praise and adoration (no autograph is needed), I gawk in awe.  I’m living in the moment as other feeds suggest. There’s no FOMO happening here.  Tears, with smiles, are running down the faces of the followers.  He is here.  He’s in town.  Using a power unknown to us he will prove he’s the assured authority.  Tables will turn. Eyes, hearts, and stones will roll.  

Scroll this week (scroll scripture also).  There’ll be a restoration of proper worship and authority, a meaningful meal, denials, betrayals, fear, a garden, and a guilty verdict.  Some will go into hiding.  A pain unlike no other will be endured by the King of Kings. 

In five days, his feed will suddenly stop.  It is finished.   And love, not law, will cover us all.  And in the meantime, some will mindlessly scroll.  Beliefs will be tucked safely inside the walls of a church or in heads. Or just appear when the situation deems necessary.  Staying radical for the current reality seems reasonable.   

The witnesses to his magnetic and majestic mercy, falling like manna, will continue posting as he had hoped.   Hosanna! (“Save us!”) is the cry heard ‘round the world.   He still touches the untouchable, loves the unlovable, skillfully skunks the skeptics, and gives hope to the hopeless.  He saves without sanctions.

Who will you follow?

Have faith 💚

I highly recommend The Chosen TV series. This week I will watch the remainder of season 1. There is an app, The Chosen, to download (I cast it to my TV). It has been advertised on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube (where I have found fascinating behind the scenes), and I’m sure other places!

The Chosen is a television drama based on the life of Jesus Christ, created, directed and co-written by American filmmaker Dallas Jenkins. It is the first multi-season series about the life of Christ, and season one was the highest crowd-funded TV series or film project of all time.[1][2] The series’ creators stated that they had hoped to distinguish the new series from previous portrayals of Jesus by crafting a multi-season, episode-based story.[3] The series portrays Jesus “through the eyes of those who met him”.[4] 

Celebrating the Empty

Unlike any other Holy Week many of us have known, this one truly began with an “emptiness.” Specifically, churches across the globe had empty seats on this Palm Sunday. Our businesses, streets, and stores are almost empty~as schools and too many more places to mention. Are our hearts feeling empty?

Do we really know what it means to sacrifice?

Does this week look empty on your calendar? Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus had a line-up of situations during this week I’d rather not face. It started beautifully as he entered Jerusalem on this day. Can you hear the Hosannas? Can you see him riding the donkey through the gates and the fanfair all around him? The palm leaves and hands waving and bowing at his presence? JESUS KNEW WHAT WAS COMING. There would be a trial, a beautiful supper, prayer time in the garden, a betrayal, an arrest, and a crucifixion.

In the garden, Gethsemane, he felt 100% like us. He felt sadness, anguish, and isolation. He was in AGONY. “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want YOUR will to be done, not mine,” he prayed (Matthew 26:39 NLT). It grips my heart. This prayer touches me more deeply than any other.

As we spend this week focusing on the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry, may we remember this-one week from today we will CELEBRATE THE EMPTY!When that stone rolled away, the tomb was EMPTY. And that vacant tomb gave us victory if we so choose! Jesus lived a sacrificial life, dying at age 33~selflessly for humanity’s sins.

I believe in a hill called Mt. Calvary,
I believe whatever the cost
And when time has surrendered
And Earth is no more
I'll still cling to the Old Rugged Cross

I believe that this life with its great mysteries
Surely someday will come to an end
But faith will conquer the darkness and death
And will lead at last to my friend

I believe that the Christ
Who was slain on the cross
Has the power to change lives today
For he changed me completely
A new life is mine
And that is why by the cross
I will stay

Written by William J. Gaither/Gloria Gaither/Dale Oldham

Do you think 2,000 years ago Jesus would have abided by the “social distancing” and “stay at home” mandates? He was the man who mingled with lepers and the diseased~the dirtiest, the messiest, and the cleanest of humans. Some were blessed to touch just the hem of his garment. Are you reaching for it?

I believe he’s walking among us now. We’re never isolated. We’re never alone.

Have faith 💚