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If Jesus Rode a Motorcycle Which One Would He Choose?
It was a grand day in heaven today, God out of the kindness of his heart had organized a day at the races and many angels of all rankings were expected to be in attendance. I mean, it’s not every day that God arranges motorcycle race days and today was not one to be missed.
There was much chatter going on between many of the angels and bets being placed upon which motorcycle Jesus would be turning up on. Rumors abounded, some angels had heard some rather familiar engine noises coming from a particular corner of the universe and so everyone was on tender hooks wondering if on this occasion they might win the race.
God, they knew had been planning this event for rather a long time. Knowing that He is the Alpha and the Omega, knowing the beginning from the end, one of the angels wryly remarked that the race had no doubt been rigged so there could only be one sure fire winner, however this was not putting off many of the angels who by now were revving their engines in earnest as a great sweep of excited expectation passed through all the old and young souls alike. Everyone was looking forward to the race.
The course had already been laid out in advance, near the planet which is commonly referred to as earth. There was some concern in fact that a man made satellite might present some problems since it’s orbit was known to be creeping ever closer to the race track itself. One of the younger souls finally saw it, not more than half an hour before the first race was to begin and floating over, gave it a hefty boot with his right foot, bending it like Beckham out of harms way, unfortunately on this occasion clanging another older angel on the head en route. Still, it was safe to say that’s it’s orbit would not now effect this grand motorcycle heavenly event.
Then suddenly a fanfare started up, several angels blowing their trumpets and a hush befell the crowd. Hear, hark! What is that? It’s Jesus! He’s coming on his motorcycle. All the angels gathered together craning forwards to get a better look. Everyone wanted to see which motorcycle Jesus would be riding today. As excitement gripped the crowd of onlookers, suddenly behind an asteroid belt in He rode and much to everyone’s amazement and to the general hilarity of some of the younger souls, Jesus was today riding a Vespa motorcycle. In actual fact he looked rather cool upon it and sweeping to a curving skid in front of the main stage area, alighted and stood there beaming radiantly at the crowd, as He took off his retro styled helmet. His white beard immediately fell loose from the strap and flowed out glinting in the early morning sunshine.
Grinning from ear to ear He turned to the crowd and began to address them on the rules for the day. No barging other angels on the track, everyone must wear appropriate helmets etc pre-approved by the heaven sports council etc. Then majestically, he made His way over to a new building and entered it. Meanwhile a hush fell upon the crowd of waiting angels, ‘What the dickens is He up to now?’, said one.
They were not to wait long before the answer became immediately obvious as the building which just a second or so before had been there, suddenly blew apart into smithereens in all directions and there was Jesus on his race motorcycle. With an almighty roar that reverberated around the solar system, a huge cheer went up among the myriads of angels gathered and a look of sheer astonishment on the faces of not a few of them. Jesus, still grinning from ear to ear twisted the throttle again and a few of the recently admitted souls to heaven recognized the sound straightaway!
‘Here He comes, make way’, some of the older angels ushered the parting crowd to each side to make way for Him. Jesus today was riding his favorite motorcycle of all, a Victory Vision 800 in gleaming gold.
Gasps of delight rippled around all of the other souls, who now started to make their own way towards their own bikes and before long had passed, the first stage was set with Jesus in pole position on the starting grid, cutting a fine sight for all the other competitors behind him. The course today was only a mere 100 light years around, large by human terms but just an average sized track as far as heavenly sporting events go.
The noise was incredible, a shimmering heat haze of engines screaming on Red Bull sponsored star system fuel cells. The flag was up, then quick as a flash lowered and all the riders tearing off towards the Sun with Jesus of course leading the way.
If Jesus Rode a Motorcycle Which One Would He Choose?
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Jesus Is Human And Divine
The Gospel of John teaches that Christ is both human and divine:
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with god, and the Word was God.” (Jesus is God)
John 1:14 “The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jesus is Human)
The common mistake is to believe that Jesus was half man and half God. Jesus was as fully God as he was fully man. He was not one who simply had the presence of God living within him, he was the second person of the trinity joined to humanity. When Jesus became man he did not become any less God. When he died on the cross and resurrected from the dead he was no less human. Jesus didn’t benefit from his divine nature when he suffered as a man. He chose to experience the intense suffering that a man can feel and a sinless God cannot. He even refused to drink the wine laced with myrrh while he hung upon the cross. He would not allow it to be said that he did not suffer fully and entirely for the redemption of the human race.
Jesus as the second person of the trinity always knew that he would one day become a man. This truth was revealed to men in Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.” He had always been God’s son for all of eternity but there would come a point in time when God’s son would take on humanity and enter the human world through birth to a virgin.
He was just like any other human in every way except one, he never sinned. He was pure and pristine in his holiness. He was tempted as we are, he suffered as we suffered, he felt and saw the effects of sin in the world in which he lived but he never succumbed to the vile yearnings of Satan to pull him into sinful corruption which would have disqualified him as Savior of the world.
Jesus revealed his humanity over and over during his 33 years on earth. He was human when weariness overtook him and he fell asleep in the boat as the disciples feared the coming storm. He was human when he attended a wedding and shared in the joy of the happy couple. He was very human when Roman soldiers captured him and dragged him to the cross and hung him there.
But Jesus demonstrated his full divinity when he was awakened in the boat by faithless comrades and he simply spoke a word to calm the wind and the waves. He proved his divine nature when he turned common water into special wine at the wedding and he proved irrefutably that he was God when he refused to call 10,000 angels to his assistance as he gave himself to die on the cross. His followers knew they were looking at more than a man when they looked upon the resurrected body of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, those who have no understanding of the true purpose and nature of Christ wallow in a mucky swamp of confusion regarding the reason a God would become a human. Could not his willingness to become human be likened to one of us choosing to become a slug or a roach? The descent from God to man was deep and steep but Christ was motivated by a depth of love that only God can experience. The fact that we will never in all of eternity understand it only widens the gulf between our own humanity and his divinity.
He became human so that he could die. His death was desired by the Father and Christ’s purpose was to please the Father. “I have come to do your will, O God.” (Heb. 10:7) The Father requested the death of the son so that any man willing to submit to him might be saved. The angel told the virgin to name her child Jesus because he would “save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) Jesus clarified his mission when he told his followers, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto myself.” (John 12:32)
Jesus became human so that he could empathize with us in our suffering. Jesus knew and experienced what it meant to be a man. He was tempted in every way just as we are yet without sin “for we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses.” (Hebrews 4:15-16) Jesus was intensely human when he hung on the cross and he sought no divine advantage. It all culminated in his words, “It is finished”. He was saying, “It is completed. My mission is done. I have completed the task assigned by my Father.”
God became human to demonstrate how men are to live holy lives. Again, Christ did not take advantage of his divine nature to live holy. He lived holy through his humanity. He showed us a level of holiness that is humanly possible if only we will submit fully to him and allow him to live through us.
I often look at the younger generation of Christians who graduate from our Christian high schools, colleges and seminaries. I know that all younger Christians lack the maturity that only age and experience can bring. But I worry that they lack an advantage that I had when I was young. I had examples, phenomenal men and women who patterned holiness for me. Mr. Higgins, Mr. Davis and Ms. Myers mean nothing to those reading these words. But to me they were wonderfully, almost impossibly godly and holy. I was inspired and educated as to how a person can live holy before God by those who were genuinely sanctified. Holy people are a rarity in modern culture. Jesus became human to demonstrate holiness to us.
Jesus became a human to teach us the value of human life. We live in a world that cheapens life. We abort the unborn, we live in perpetual warfare, we hide the aged away in cold facilities instead of care for them in warm homes. The fact that God became human gives life great value and meaning.
Martin Luther once told a story of a man who was participating in a worship service and as the congregation sung the words of Christ’s divinity and humanity he refused to cross himself or remove his hat as was the custom in that day. “Then the devil stepped up to him and hit him so hard it made his head spin. The devil cursed him gruesomely and said, ‘If God had become an angel like me and the congregation sang: “God was made an angel” I would bend not only my knees but my whole body to the ground…and you vile human creature, you stand there like a stick or a stone. You hear that god did not become an angel but a man like you, and you just stand there like a stick of wood.” (1)
Jesus became human because he loved us, because he wanted to save us for all eternity and because he wanted to please the heart of a loving Father.
The Gospel of John by James Montgomery Boice, p.31
Jesus Is Human And Divine
Kevin Probst lives in Columbus, Georgia. He is Associate Pastor of CrossPointe Nazarene Church and teaches Apologetics at Calvary Christian School. He submits articles pertaining to theology, apologetics and Christian living. If you have an interest in those ideas please visit his website at: http://www.kpprobst.blogspot.com and offer your opinions or join the conversation.
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Jesus Christ – The First Animal Rights Activist
Anyone who studies the Bible knows that Jesus Christ was a champion for the underdog. He hung out with the lowly which in biblical times included tax collectors, sinners, and women. However, historians and most Christians typically overlook the fact that Jesus was also was a champion for animals. By examining scripture we can see that although the ministry of Christ was targeted at humanity, he interacted compassionately with animals though out his lifetime and he may have been somewhat of a vegetarian.
Beginning in Genesis, human beings are commanded by God to be stewards of the animals. Many people look at Chapter one in the book of Genesis and think this means we are entitled to own and use animals, but in the true meaning of the word, stewardship requires us to be guardians for animals. Prior to the birth of Christ, animal use and abuse was rampant and horrific. Many chapters of the Old Testament depict the large number of animals sacrificed (killed) as “sin offerings”. Beginning with the birth of Christ we see a new relationship with the animal kingdom. “He was born in a stable of lowly birth.” There are many places such as a tavern, a field or a roadside that would have portrayed a lowly birth. Instead Jesus enters the world in physical form amongst the animal kingdom.
Throughout the New Testament, the only animal Jesus seems to eat is fish. We know he attended celebrations and Passover gatherings and most likely there were traditional foods such as lamb, but nothing is recorded of the food he ate at these events. Even when Jesus ate fish or bread, he showed his respect for all life by thanking God and treating food as sacred. According to the Gospel of Mark chapter one, John the Baptist who prepared the way for the birth of Christ and later baptized Jesus, ate only honey and wild locust (insects). This hints at the idea that in some people should refrain from eating meat or that maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle or semi-vegetarian lifestyle is good for us.
In the gospel of Mark, chapter eleven Jesus becomes enraged when he sees caged animals for sale at the temple. “He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves….My house shall be called a house of prayers …but you have made it a den of thieves”. Jesus is furious because the temple is being used as a market place. I understand the focus of this chapter is about keeping the temple as a holy place of prayer, but I often wonder if his rage came from seeing the misuse of the animals as well. His use of the word “thief” is something to ponder. From a humanist perspective, these were business people selling commodities in an inappropriate place, but they were not thieves. However, from an animal rights perspective the traders in the temple were thieves. The people engaged in the buying and selling of animals in the temple were stealing the life of the animals by selling them to be used as sacrifice for “sin offerings”.
The gospel of Luke is extremely significant when examining Christ’s treatment of humans and animals. In chapter four Jesus casts demons out of a man and the man is cured. However, later in chapter eight Jesus casts “legions of demons” out of a man. The demons beg to enter the nearby heard of pigs (swine). We know Jesus could have just removed the demons as he had done previously. Instead Jesus agrees and the pigs become “processed”. They immediately run down a cliff and drowned themselves in the sea below. Initially, this seems to be a cruel act as far as animal rights goes. Why would Jesus allow innocent animals to experience demonic possession? However, on a larger scale Jesus is using this experience to illuminate critical facts about the animal kingdom–fact that were overlooked then and are still overlooked by most Christians today. First, if the pigs had no soul, they could not be possessed.
So, the first lesson is that animals have souls. Secondly, the nature of the pigs in this act portrays the deep gift and sacrifice the animal kingdom makes on behalf of humanity. Animals are true companions and burden bearers for humans. Then we realize that throughout the New Testament Jesus frees humans from demonic possession, but this is the only instant where an animal experiences demonic possession and the animal’s immediate response is to commit suicide. This chapter depicts the incredible connection and wisdom that the pigs had with the divine. The entire herd of pigs realizes it is better to be “dead” and with their creator then suffering demonic possession here on earth. Do the pigs understand that as they end their life their spirits will join with God? If so, then this example from the Gospel of Luke indicates the pigs are smarter and more spiritually enlightened than the man who was formerly possessed.
Anyone who studies the life of Christ realizes his ministry was to humanity and our first priority as a Christian is to take care of each other-human to human. We also know that Jesus freed us from strict rules when it comes to diet. However, it’s clear that animals are sacred to the Creator. The Holy Spirit is portrayed as a dove, and Jesus is called the Lion of Judea. To follow in Christ’s footsteps means that we must form a right relationship with the animal kingdom. We must be guardians and adopt beliefs similar to Native American’s–all life is sacred. We live in a time where horrific atrocities are being inflicted on animals; factory farming, senseless animal experimentation, and rising abuse and neglect of domestic animals. But there is hope. If the life of Christ can radically change the way we treat ourselves and each other, it can also change the way we interact with the animal kingdom.
Jesus Christ – The First Animal Rights Activist
Kate Garvey is a former Vet Tech and animal rights supporter. She teaches Sound Healing Workshops (throughout the US) and treats clients by appointment in the San Diego area. For more information on how you can use sound for optimal health please visit http://www.InstituteOfSoundHealing.com
Kate is also a freelance writer, published author, and the author of several books; “Aging, Death and Euthanasia-A Guide for People with Pets”, “Summer Pet Care Tips”, and “The Low Risk Guide for Real Estate Investment.”
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This is an introduction to the first four of Prosperity’s 12 Affirmations, a scripturally based, spiritual approach to prosperity. These affirmations are action oriented and highly effective if you are willing to systematically affirm the following statements or statements of your own crafting that capture their essence.
Prosperity’s 12 Affirmations are 12 powerful affirmations of prosperity and well-being drawn from the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). The book Prosperity’s 10 Commandments by Georgiana Tree West was the inspiration for the creation of Prosperity’s 10 Affirmations. But at some point, I was moved to add Jesus’ 2 great commandments found in Matthew 22:37-39, thus expanding the affirmations to 12. Why create affirmations for prosperity when we have commandments, admonitions and suggestions in scripture, books and courses by the dozen? I believe that often we hear commandments and wish to obey them, but we may stumble because we don’t have a process to make the commandments part of our thinking, speaking and behavior. One way to internalize the spirit of a commandment is to affirm it in language and action until it becomes an automatic part of our behavior. By affirming Prosperity’s 1st four Affirmations each day, we can begin to make these powerful principles of prosperity a fundamental part of our daily activity.
Prosperity’s 1st Four Affirmations
I look to God as my only Source of wealth. Prosperity’s 1st Affirmation is foundational. A prosperous life is based on the idea that all that we need or want material and non-material, visible and invisible; comes from God, the Creator of all that is.
I create prosperity, abundance and wealth images. As human beings we are wired to create mental “images”. An image is a mental representation of anything not actually present in the senses (Webster). Everything we create is first created as a mental image before it is formed in manifest three dimensional forms.
I only speak words that affirm sufficiency, abundance and prosperity. There is power in every word we speak. Therefore, our intention is to speak the most beneficial words which come to mind. When our words are born of the Truth of Spirit they are creative.
I surrender the details of my wealth creation to God. Rest and surrender are key ideas in living this affirmation. We want to release our need to be in constant activity as well as to let go of every thought, habit and circumstance that inhibits our experience of prosperity. More importantly, we let go of our finite activity and allow God’s infinite activity to complete the creation process.
The essence of these four affirmations concerns our relationship with God, just as the focus of the the first four Commandments is with our relationship with God, making these statements ideal for beginning a prospering relationship with the Propsering Power of the Universe, God.
Now, it is time for you to take action by spending time repeating these 4 affirmations or crafting new affirmations that you find personally empowering. The key is to spend time with these ideas and to make them your own. These 4 affirmations, affirm our prospering relationship with the Source of our wealth – God. Now, how can you internalize these first 4 affirmations and make them a part of your habitual thinking?
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