Thursday, March 31, 2011

answers are overrated.

"When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading." - John 6:16-21



judah smith's sermon is gold [watch them all at thecity.org]. a fresh take on the Word of God. love this idea of "immediately", of the supernatural power of God, of how sometimes things with God do not take time but He gives them right away - IMMEDIATELY. and how there is a necessity to there being a mystery to life, that answers are overrated. we spent a lot of time talking about this in class yesterday regarding frankenstein and how he knows too much so he must dig even further to find sublimity (which is like awestruck beauty, but really isn't beauty at all but the emotional experience of terror through beauty or something beautiful); he wishes to know less because by knowing so much he misses out on the mystery of life. this mystery is important to our faith, because you don't have faith if you know the outcomes or how to manipulate things. if you have to wait on God for answers and results, there is a mystery and there is faith. faith is not knowing right. well you could argue that we (as christians) do know, but there is always that small "doubt", that thought that asks us if our God is really real. faith comes in because although i could look around and say, how could there NOT be a God, i haven't seen God, i haven't touched God and so often our beliefs are based in what we know, what we've seen what we've touched.

in his message judah talks about not corrupting our simple, child-like faith.
he talks about this gorgeous idea of coming to God with this innocence, saying "one of the main jobs of the enemy is to ROB YOU of your SIMPLE FAITH!"

"But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." - 2 Corinthians 11:3

this faith yields us to be totally submissive to God because we can do nothing but be in complete awe of Him. like a new believer who sees or realizes for the first time the incredible impact that the Lord if having and has had in their life or the amazing sacrifice He has already given for us. that is sublimity. that realization of how MASSIVE God's love is for us, and what that Grace means in our lives. it's sublime because there is no accurate way to articulate it. there are no words that can contain the magnitiude of the sacrifice, or of His promises.

i love this. coz i don't want to worship a simple God. and i don't want to worship something because it's tangible and obvious. i do what that mystery. i don't want to casually break down God and everything He stands for. i don't want to be able to describe Him. i don't want to be able to illustrate all the dimensions of who He is. i want that abstract, unfathomable God that leaves me, mouth gapping open, like, what more can i do but try to live every moment of my life back for you because i have nothing else to offer? i have nothing more to give You - God of the Universe - but this life that You have already given to me. what a special thing. this God, this mystery. i don't want my God broke down. i want to stand on a mountain like in those sublime paintings and not be capable of anything but complete and utter awe.

if you're looking for deep, challenging messages, you gotta watch judah. he has this God-given ability to tie in many different ideas, drawing parallels to seemingly-unrelated stories in the Bible. he is passionate, a great communicator, and incredibly intelligent. he's got it all going on, and God is obviously working in his church and, through him, in the world! enjoy!

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