Two for Tuesday – Good News for September 14

14 09 2010

Numbers 21:4-9

With their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!”

In punishment the Lord sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died. Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the Lord and you. Pray the Lord to take the serpents from us.”

So Moses prayed for the people, and the Lord said to Moses, “Make a saraph and mount it on a pole, and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live.” Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

John 3:13-17

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

The Daily Path: Do you ever tire of the journey? I get weary from the day to day struggles, but I don’t tire of the spiritual journey. I do grumble about earthly longing and desire for better circumstances. I have pleaded with God to help in difficult times, and asked the question “Why me?” It’s in those moments that I lose sight of the abundance I do have, or as one friend named it “the beauty all around.” One thing I have have come to know, when we hunger on the spiritual journey there is always a banquet at the ready. All you have to do is knock on the door. We are never turned away by God… it’s only when we turn away that we go hungry in the desert.





Perfect Love – Good News for September 14

14 09 2009

John 3:13-17

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

The Daily Path: As you look into the eyes of a child, especially your own, it’s difficult to imagine how anyone could even consider sacrificing that beautiful being for the good of another. I don’t know how Abraham could obey God when he was asked to sacrifice his only son. Somehow he loved God so much that he was willing to follow God’s command… even as it broke his heart.

Yet God did not ask of Abraham something that He himself was not willing to do. God offered up his only son, Jesus, not just to death, but to die a horrible death of unimaginable suffering, so that we could all be saved. That is a level of love that generally seems beyond the comprehension of most of us.

Would I have the strength to follow God’s will if asked to make such a sacrifice?

The concept seems impossible to such a flawed being like myself. Yet, I have seen miracles in my own life brought about through faith in Christ. God has not asked me to sacrifice my child, but He has asked me to live a more perfect life in sacrificing other things, By giving part of myself to assist another. He’s yet to ask anything of me that I’m not capable of. I think it is in this way that we, too, are called to follow His example.

Room to Chat: Lord, each day you ask us to offer up a small piece of ourselves. Send your Spirit to give us the vision to see these opportunities and the strength to follow your example.

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