Friday, April 2, 2010

Suddenly, God!

When you think about the effects that surprises have on us we know why God is a God of surprises. He enjoys all of a sudden doing things for us and in us. God has some surprising ways to astound us. Think of a way when God surprised you that all of a sudden while your weren't expecting him to come through he did. God out does himself in the all of the sudden.

Malachi 3:1 "See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty.

Imagine, for many years God's people were expecting a savior to come and as they waited many; what I like to call sample saviors, came painting the way for Christ. The time was near when the prophet spoke these words. Sure, enough when Christ came the people did not know what to think. It blew their minds when the wise men spread the news about the angels and their prophetic words about the Christ. In Luke 2:13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,....Here we note again a sudden, a surprise, but just a surprise a heavenly surprise.

Jesus appeared to the ladies that went to see him at the tomb and surprised them. Matthews 28:7 Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

After the resurrection the angel of the Lord appeared to Peter and surprised him. Acts 12:14 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists.

After Jesus was grown he was confronted by the religious leaders and they requested of him a sign or a miracle, but Jesus surprised them with some difficult sayings. In John 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"53Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.

God surprised his people in the desert with manna from heaven, but it was a temporary satisfaction; a symbol of that to come. Jesus identified himself with that bread in the desert, but as with eternal satisfaction. The world ate his flesh and chewed him up. He felt the gnashing of teeth as he expressed in Psalms 38:8 I am feeble and utterly crushed;I groan in anguish of heart. Isaiah 53:5 says 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. God set a table for the world to eat,it was a surprise dish; his Son. The table was set before the religious and non-religious people and his disciples. The religious reacted grossed out they questioned "How can this man give us his flesh to eat? One of His disciples at the table decided to betray reflecting the rhetoric question.

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