Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Christ - Random Thoughts, Part 1

It's coming on Easter. While the thoughts of some turn toward chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chickens, mine turn toward the cross, Christ's crucifixion, His resurrection -- the hope of His return.

"I thought this was a blog about writing!" and you can stop reading now, groan, and say, "Ugh, yet another fool proselytizing for a non-existent deity." Free will, dude.

But what does this writer believe about Him, the great Storyteller whose wisdom and parables are still life-changing?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...Through Him all things were made...In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.   -John 1:1-6
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  -John 14:6
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"  -John 11:25,26
Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."  -Matthew 11:4-6
"...(S)urely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  -Matthew 28:20
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.  -John21:25
And, as the late Larry Norman wrote and the late Dana Key sang, He was -- and is -- an outlaw:

Although Key's version is more singable, and sticks in my head, this powerful video features scenes from The Gospel of John (Lost fans will recognize "Desmond" as Jesus), and the unmistakeable voice of Larry Norman singing the 1970s version of his own song:

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