Bible Study is a lifelong adventure, waiting quietly for you to pick it up and excavate the treasures within. It is a choice, like exercise and good eating, to enrich yourself and to become the best you, you can be. Sometimes we take a break because we get in a rut, or we don’t want to do the work of it, and on coming back we are greeted with life, quickened and rumbling, full of potential, vibrant and alive. It’s here that I find myself once again, wondering why I ever stopped what I knew was so good for me. Looking out over snow piled high, the warmth of the sun begins to melt the thick crust and water drips from the tips of icicles hanging low. The days are longer and the birds return chirping, signaling warmth, new growth and renewal. It is all such a relief, a homecoming and reunion filled to the full with love and belonging. Why do I ever leave? I don’t know. What I do know is that I am ready to face the next season with joy and hope. The ancient words have grabbed me with their truth and I am slowly thawing out.
The photo’s below are a response to a question posed at the end of this weeks study of Matthew 22:1-14, The Parable of the Wedding. What stuck me most deeply was the thought of being invited to go to the wedding but not having the right clothes to wear. In Jesus’ day, the host of the wedding would provide clothes to guests who did not have them so they could join in. If I don’t feel worthy to go to the wedding because of my sin, what could I possibly wear? I can’t make myself look good enough, so if I am to attend I must borrow some clothes. I was hit between the eyes by the realization of what Christ provided.
I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
I can come to the wedding because he has clothed me. It’s not at all about how I look. It’s about my receiving the garments and putting them on and walking into the wedding, being ready to share the grace which has filled my heart.
Thanks for spring…I’m ready.