Sunday, February 24, 2013

A HEIGHTENED PERSPECTIVE


 BRING UP GOOGLE EARTH set your altitude to one mile and then fly over to Great Britain’s southwest corner and you will see a patchwork of green fields. Now, follow this linn Burchetts Farm, Whitesmith, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6HA, United Kingdom and zoom on down and something amazing appears. Made from carefully planted trees at the Burchetts Farm that tell the world that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life. (John 14:6)  Your perspective changes everything. You can read the story online at: http://churchm.ag/bible-verse-maze-on-google-maps.

This week's sermon text, Luke 13:31-35, seems to offer a pretty simple snippet from the life of Jesus, but if you were to zoom out from the passage and start with a little larger view, the words of Jesus take on a much deeper truth.

During today’s sermon, we are not going to have the time to zoom out to take in the larger landscape. Therefore, I want to encourage you to take some extra time to take a look for yourself. Start with the bigger beginning and then zoom back in to the passage at hand and learn the deeper, richer truth that at first glance eludes us.

Start your journey in 2 Chronicles read through chapters 5-7 (I’m not going to say more, I want you to enjoy the journey of discovery.) Once you have read through the chapters in 2 Chronicles, turn to Psalm 118. This Psalm finds its history in the chapters you have just read. As you read through the Psalm some of the words may ring as if you heard them before, maybe in those few verses in Luke 13:31-35.

Now the fun starts, or hopefully already has for you. Temples, God’s presence and promise, sacrifices by the thousands, the anointing of the High Priest, songs of praise…yes, can you see the picture? Can you see why Jesus weeps? Can you hear the songs of praise arising in the future…in our future?

Isn’t God’s Word wonderful? Isn’t God amazing? Oh, how our vision changes with a new heightened perspective. Rejoice!


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