Good Friday is that most sobering day of days of the Holy week when Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.. BUT of course the death of Jesus on Good Friday was just a prelude to the complete story of salvation which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ in just 3 days!
The disciples never saw the arrest of Jesus coming and ran away in the night at the time of Jesus arrest. Then while the Jewish portion of his trial was going on, Peter falls farther from God as in a panic in the courtyard he denies that he even knew Jesus. Then Judas, the disciple of Jesus feels the shame and burden of his betrayal for just 30 pieces of silver and goes out and hangs himself.
Using my glaring flawed human nature, I don't understand the necessity of Jesus being crucified. If I were Jesus then I would have chosen a Plan B, and not chose a salvation plan that included me leaving HEAVEN to live, preach, and die for a mix of mankind that in comparison to Heaven is at best a carnival side show. That is why it took the very son of God to live out this plan. This is pure love, perfect love, strong love.. and from this love we find salvation.
I have to say April 1st, 2015 has been pretty pretty quiet. No jokes played on or by me so far.. then again the day is not over. So let me share my April Fools blog from 2014.
I tried playing an April Fools Joke on my wife Mary on April 1st, 2014, I said.. "Look it's snowing again." but even though it is April and we should be having spring weather (even in MinneSNOWta) in reality it was snowing. I tried playing the same joke on April 4th, and looked outside and we have 10" of fresh snow. So this joke is still on me as I had to fire up the snowblower one last time (knock on wood) for the winter that will not end in 2013-14.
I then turn on the morning news and they tell me the new great concerns regarding Global Warming is having on our world. I figure this is an April Fools Joke since we just finished having our second very cold winter in a row. Turns out they were serious... So the jokes on them.
Last Sunday night I watched the latest episode of the TV series Cosmos where the host explained how scientists now understand everything that happened before the big bang, but conceded they don't yet know what happened before it. That was mighty big of them. Maybe he was playing an April Fools joke, but I doubt it.
Then.. the very next night I had the TV on listening to the local news and I heard clearly the state legislature was about to vote on an Anti-BOWLING bill. What? I thought to myself I don't really have a passion for bowling but now the government has gone too far. I perked up listened more closely and realized they were voting on anti-bullying bill. Ooops, nevermind.. time to see the doctor about my ear wax buildup.
So there you have it.. foolishness comes in all shapes and sizes. You can be a brainiac scientist or a 57 year old cartoonist with wax in his ears..
There are a few great scriptures that come to mind regarding man's relative wisdom..
Ok, so Albert Einstein has dibs on The Theory of Relativity as it relates to the laws of physics, but the above scriptures are the foundation for what I would like to The 'original' theory of relativity. Simply put all knowledge and wisdom for mankind are relative commodities when compared to the creator of this universe, and any pursuit for knowledge and understanding is ultimately an understanding of what God created. Any understanding of physics, the cosmos just like any theological pursuit will be relative and limited understanding of God's perfect and complex creation. All the collective wisdom and understanding by man is just a blip on the wisdom meter when compared to our God.
Smart People, Brainiacs, and the average Joe..
So what do I, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther, Steven Hawking, John Calvin, and you have in common? None of us really get it when compared to our creator. While the pursuit of knowledge and understanding and God are what we are called to do.. know that complete understanding is.. above our pay grade.
May God bless man's pursuit for truth, and may this pursuit of truth lead us to a greater understanding of Him. Love God, care for others, and then pursuit of the Cosmos is only a cute pursuit of creation trivia. AND.. may our pursuit of God never make us proud in our own self knowledge or worth but rather find us safe in the truth of God's grace for mankind.
Jeff (relatively foolish in the Back Pew) Larson
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson