Preaching to Myself: God Is Worthy of Trust Even In My Frustration

I get asked why I write this blog, and I give these three reasons:

  1. Writing helps me think through ideas so I can better communicate them verbally.
  2. I enjoy writing and want to get better at it, and having a weekly deadline forces me to write more.
  3. This blog is another outlet for me to share the good news that Jesus is Lord, that Jesus is good, and that Jesus is worthy of our worship.

These are the main reasons, but today, I am writing for a more selfish reason – I need help believing what I know is true. Jesus rose from the dead, and that changes everything, but I don’t always believe it. That is, I believe this to be true in my head, but sometimes I don’t feel and act in this truth.


The Disciples Didn’t Get It

Aziz Ansari is hilarious. My favorite joke of his is about an interaction Aziz saw of rapper 50 Cent ordering a grapefruit soda thinking it was a grape soda (note that the end of the video clip is NSFW.) Here is my favorite excerpt:

And the exchange was just glorious – the waiter struggling to explain the concept of a grapefruit to a man who just didn’t get it.

Waiter: No you don’t understand they are two different things. Grape, grapefruit. Grape, grapefruit.

50 Cent: I know grapes are fruits, why do you keep saying it like that?

Waiter: No it’s just one word, grapefruit. You know, it’s one, it’s a different…

50 Cent: I get it. Grape-fruit, apple-fruit, orange-fruit, carrot-vegetable.

Waiter: No that’s not it at all.


Easter: Our Hearts Burn Within Us

It’s late the night before I post this blog, and I having nothing written. How do you focus on one aspect of Easter, the anniversary of what I believe is unarguably the most important day in history? Easter did and still changes everything. Jesus overcame the forces of death and destruction, and because of Easter, we have hope that death doesn’t have the final word. God’s Kingdom is coming. New life is happening.

There is so much to be said that I’ve been overwhelmed. I’ve had a dozen ideas for this post, but I can’t settle on one. As a writer, I was taught that if I can’t prevent a sentence from sounding awkward, what I’m trying to say probably doesn’t need to be said. With that said, my commentary on Easter isn’t needed. Instead, I’ll leave you with the beautiful passage known as the Road to Emmaus. I can’t read it without my eyes swelling up and my heart burning within me as I feel the hope of the resurrection.

13 ”That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.” Luke 24:13-35