How Did He Do It?

April 17, 2012 in Minister's Message

WEB April 12; How did Jesus do it?

Have you ever watched the TV program, How do they do it? Exactly. How do they do it? Nano technology finds its way in machines, medicine and mankind. In minute detail they describe nanoseconds, the length of it in nanometers, nano particles which are sub-atomic so that you can store the entire Library of Congress into one sugar cube, nano computers that are smaller than a cell in your body so that it can scan your entire physical body. A neutrino is a nano particle that is trillions times smaller than the atoms that pass straight through with the approximate speed of light, 300.000 km. per second at the Minerva Neutrino Detector in Batavia, Ill. These neutrinos, blasted through the earth, were coded with a message send to the other side. They, as I write, discovered another particle, totally different than the rest, the Marojana particle.

How do they do it? Where do they get all this nanotechnology from? Well, give man’s mind time and opportunity and room to maneuver and they will develop IT. They tell me that whatever I can dream of exists already. And that is fantastic, won’t you agree with me?

I do not dream of eternal death. That makes no sense whatsoever. But I do dream of eternal life. So, what about life eternal where space and time and matter come in different forms than today? In eternal life there can not be any death and decay. Therefore IT, eternal life, must be different.

I ask myself, what about all those concepts that we take as normal such as life and death? If there was a beginning and there is progress, will there also be an end or will we end up in a different dimension when nanometers and nano seconds do no longer exist? Does it matter or do you say, never mind. Life is kind to me and therefore I can not be bothered with all that scientific research and discoveries?

Yet, the question begs: What I can dream of already exists. Intriguing! As I said, Eternal life is my hope and dream. It does exist. In a nano second I will get from here where death reigns to there where eternal life reigns. My question is how do I get there? Who will get me there? How will He do it?

We have just celebrated Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Who happens to be the eternal Son of God, the Creator of space (our own galaxy the Milky Way has already hundreds of billions of stars) and time and matter. Since God, per definition, can not be selfish and since He conquered death on the cross He will share His victory over death and therefore eternal life with people who believe in Him and belong to Him. My dreams will/have become reality. Jesus fulfills my dreams of eternal life. In keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth. If you have a Bible at home try to find and read Peter’s second letter chapter 3:8 to the end and we wish you not just sweet dreams but a happy ending, eternal life in Jesus and stand amazed how Jesus did it.

 

WEB April 12; How did Jesus do it?

Have you ever watched the TV program, How do they do it? Exactly. How do they do it? Nano technology finds its way in machines, medicine and mankind. In minute detail they describe nanoseconds, the length of it in nanometers, nano particles which are sub-atomic so that you can store the entire Library of Congress into one sugar cube, nano computers that are smaller than a cell in your body so that it can scan your entire physical body. A neutrino is a nano particle that is trillions times smaller than the atoms that pass straight through with the approximate speed of light, 300.000 km. per second at the Minerva Neutrino Detector in Batavia, Ill. These neutrinos, blasted through the earth, were coded with a message send to the other side. They, as I write, discovered another particle, totally different than the rest, the Marojana particle.

How do they do it? Where do they get all this nanotechnology from? Well, give man’s mind time and opportunity and room to maneuver and they will develop IT. They tell me that whatever I can dream of exists already. And that is fantastic, won’t you agree with me?

I do not dream of eternal death. That makes no sense whatsoever. But I do dream of eternal life. So, what about life eternal where space and time and matter come in different forms than today? In eternal life there can not be any death and decay. Therefore IT, eternal life, must be different.

I ask myself, what about all those concepts that we take as normal such as life and death? If there was a beginning and there is progress, will there also be an end or will we end up in a different dimension when nanometers and nano seconds do no longer exist? Does it matter or do you say, never mind. Life is kind to me and therefore I can not be bothered with all that scientific research and discoveries?

Yet, the question begs: What I can dream of already exists. Intriguing! As I said, Eternal life is my hope and dream. It does exist. In a nano second I will get from here where death reigns to there where eternal life reigns. My question is how do I get there? Who will get me there? How will He do it?

We have just celebrated Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Who happens to be the eternal Son of God, the Creator of space (our own galaxy the Milky Way has already hundreds of billions of stars) and time and matter. Since God, per definition, can not be selfish and since He conquered death on the cross He will share His victory over death and therefore eternal life with people who believe in Him and belong to Him. My dreams will/have become reality. Jesus fulfills my dreams of eternal life. In keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth. If you have a Bible at home try to find and read Peter’s second letter chapter 3:8 to the end and we wish you not just sweet dreams but a happy ending, eternal life in Jesus and stand amazed how Jesus did it.

 

 

Good Friday and Easter

March 13, 2012 in Minister's Message

Justice must be served. I confess that there is some glee in me when a criminal is being charged and convicted. I thoroughly dislike it when the police have done all their time-consuming hard work and through some freak of circumstances the judge declares that the offender is not guilty and the victim is —. So it is with much appreciation when justice prevails. The convict did not get away with his crime. Crime does not pay. Good for the judge, good for the legal system and good for the country. Good!

Having said this I wondered why they call Good Friday “Good” when the eternal Son of the Almighty God was crucified on a cross? He was not a criminal, was He? No, Jesus is perfect. Then, why, for what reason was He tried, convicted and crucified? Was He a victim of incompetent justice?

To get to the answer just ask yourself the question, Why is there so much trouble, hatred, war, sickness, misunderstanding, death in this world? It is all based on a common ground, the evil that is found within all of us. How did it get there? Difficult question. How do we get rid of it? Even more difficult. Evil is a eternal debt we owe God. How can we pay that debt? All throughout history people have offered sacrifices to their gods to try to pay their debt to be declared right, not guilty with their gods. It did not work. We can not pay an eternal debt with an eternal death. I will never see life again.

Here now comes the answer. God decided that his eternal perfect Son should become a man and as a man pay our debt. And so Jesus was tried for our evil. He was convicted for our sin. And He was crucified to pay our eternal debt, death. BUT in Jesus God conquered death for whoever believes, for whoever believes in Him shall not see eternal death. That is good news. That is Good Friday. Consequently, on Easter we celebrate that this man Jesus as God rose victoriously from the grave. Justice is served. Let the good news of Good Friday fill your life with hope, purpose, joy and laughter. Jesus paid. Jesus gives eternal life. Have a Good Friday!

 

 

 

Whiter than snow?

February 27, 2012 in Minister's Message

Whiter than the snow?

The other day we had some snow. I was not prepared to see what I saw. I saw nothing. That is right. I saw nothing for the snow had blinded me. Now I know why people who go skiing wear sunglasses. If not, they will be snow blinded. Is there anything that is whiter than snow? Google says that a certain James L. Nicholson thought of these words in 1872, talking about something that was original. Whiter than snow; now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. The real source of these words is found earlier in history. It comes from an invitation, “Come, let us reason together; though your sins are like scarlet, says the Lord, they shall be as white as snow.”

OK, not whiter, but still white. This is a quote from the book of the prophet Isaiah. Sins are like the slush, the muck that covers the salty streets. Like the snow covered street, life used to be so white, so pure, so good. But that is no longer the case. Like the impassable streets life becomes impossible. The mess is world wide and the cause of it is man made. Mankind disobeyed his Creator Who had made everything so beautiful and pure. What are we going to do with all the bad news, with the mess that surrounds us and is in us? Alright, let us go to the cause of it, mankind, you and me. Even some communist party leaders “suggest that religious faith may bring some ethical benefits in the widely lamented moral vacuum of rampant materialism.” (Economist, Feb. 11, 2012). I know that is a hard pill to swallow but since we separated ourselves from the source of life, from God Himself, we do well to listen to God’s invitation, “Come, let us reason together; though your sins are like scarlet, says the Lord, they shall be as white as snow.”

God is willing to forgive us from the evil when we turn from our ways and turn to Him believing that He indeed will not only forgive us but also renew our lives, washing us as white as snow.

You see, the snow will disappear into slush and when it is gone it leaves dirt and other junk behind. However, if God creates a new heart in us we can/will walk in the ways of the Lord and not leave a trail of dirt behind us. Reason with God, be filled with the love of the Lord Jesus, and let us begin to make the world fit for King Jesus.

Rev. deJong is a retired CRC minister. He resides in the Aylmer area and attends church at Aylmer Christian Reformed Church.

New Website

February 21, 2012 in News

We have a new website!

It is still under construction, but we hope to have it finished soon.

Thanks for your patience.