Jesus at His Worst Was at His Best

We are over celebrating the Christ child and well into the new year. Now it is time to look for Jesus at His worst. It seems so easy to celebrate the birth of child who comes into the world naked to be wrapped in swaddling clothes. But to celebrate the death of a man stripped naked and nailed to a cross feels disgusting and unnatural. Why should we prepare to celebrate death, just a few months after celebrating birth?

The crucifixion is the purpose of Christ’s arrival. It is not wrong to celebrate His birth, but He did not come for that purpose. His miraculous birth was a setup for His marvelous death. It was the cross where He was hanged and demonstrated that at His worst, He was at His best. He proclaimed: “Father forgive them…”.

His words speak today to my own selfish and corrupt nature. I ignore His command to put others before myself, to turn the other cheek, to forebear, forgive and forget.

If Jesus could suffer for doing what is good, right, honorable and holy in His Father’s eyes, then what about me? He was betrayed and left alone by His disciples who had still not grasped His teachings. He was treated as a criminal for telling the truth, healing the sick, raising the dead and feeding the hungry. He did nothing that His Father saw as worthy of death, but here He hangs and He is at His worst.

He is hungry, tired, in pain and embarrassed to be displayed naked and bruised. In this moment of grief, when He is at His worst as depicted in the Bible, Jesus is at His very best. He demonstrates that best by saying: “Father forgive them”

I need to be at my best when I am at my worst. When I feel let down, misunderstood and not appreciated, that is the time I need the Holy Spirit to dwell in me to help me be at my best. I need to forebear, forgive and forget. I need to be at my best when I feel I am at my worst. The Holy Spirit can accomplish that, if I am willing to ask His intervention.

Luke 23:34-45 King James Version (KJV)
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

Common Recipes of the Impoverished Or How to Prepare For Famine in Three Easy Steps

How do you prepare for famine if you have never even known hunger? Here is the trick. Try these easy three step recipes.

Before starting, prepare yourself by fasting for three days. Because you are unfamiliar with starvation, you must drink at least a cup of water daily while fasting. Body/mind preparation is essential for you to withstand the rigorous demands of food deprivation.

Now you are ready to begin. Don’t get nervous. It is as easy as 1,2,3 to achieve a fat free, low cholesterol, low salt, low carbohydrate, low nutrient, minimum caloric diet that is pathetically normal to people enduring famine.

I promised you three steps. Here they are; 1) Gather; 2) Prepare; 3) Eat.

Step 1) Gather; Climb up high in a banana tree and throw down some of the largest leaves. Save the younger, smaller, and tender leaves for tomorrow. Now walk to the nearest puddle of water or stream and fill a plastic bucket with water. A clean bucket without holes works better. Be very careful not to stir the water up too much or you will get mud and silt. Avoid any place where people may have deposited bodily waste. Now gather some dried grass or dung and place it on the charcoals that remain from yesterday’s fire.

Step 2) Prepare; Place your banana leaves and water in a pan (recycled from discarded oil drums) on your fire of charcoals and dung. Don’t be in a hurry for the dung to get warm. After all, this is not fast food. Bring to a boil or at least heat well.

Step 3) Eat; It’s just that simple. You are now dieting in the style that is a staple for millions of people every day.

I recently picked this recipe from a recent front page article of a leading newspaper, detailing the severe famine now gripping, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia in southern Africa. Well, to be true, I made up the recipe based upon the stark ingredients the writer described. He noted these essentials of the current diet of the people struggling to survive.
As an American physician with 20 years of experience working in Africa it is still hard for me to believe there is such famine somewhere in the world. As I clean my overcrowded refrigerator, discard cartons of egg-foo-yong, stale pizza and overripe strawberries I think, “how can people be hungry when I am so full?”

As I worry about my widening waistline I feel uncomfortable and guilty about my excesses in this land of plenty. I have trouble understanding famine when I haven’t even known hunger.

Let’s get back to the recipes. If you don’t find banana leaves, you can always try sawdust. Sawdust does not require any special sauces, or at least none were noted in the article, leading me to believe you can eat it raw by the handful.

Then there is always tree bark and roots. Season these with the natural silt that comes from the water. As you pound the roots, some of the sap exudes adding a pliable consistency to the roots making it easier to swallow. Taste is not a consideration when you are eating to live. After all remember, you are starving.

One of the best things about this modern day recipe is that it never spoils. You can eat it again and again, especially when it is the only food you have.

The alternative to this recipe is death. All over the continent weakening mothers hold emaciated children as they slip from soft weeping to silent coma and final stillness.

Are you ready to handle this recipe? Do you think you have the right stuff to survive this diet?

If not, you may be ready to do something to help those who alleviate this specter of starvation and death. You may be ready to call your congressmen, and President to speak about the priorities of our nation. Help our nation focus on saving life among the expanding endangered species list to include human beings around the world.

Today and, tonight you will gather, prepare and eat. Most likely, the steps you follow will be much simpler than those outlined for the common recipe I have described above that fuels people for the challenges of escaping from warlords and natural disasters. Your meal may give you heartburn. If it does, before you take your antacid allow your heart to ache for the people who will fill their bellies with dirty roots, cold sawdust and warm banana leaves.

Sprinkle Jesus

To cover up my worst deeds
I found the best way to fit in
Don’t admit to apparent evil
Just sprinkle Jesus on my sin

Fornication, greed and lust
Yes, I did it, I can’t pretend
But after all, no one is perfect
Just sprinkle Jesus on my sin

I know my actions were not perfect
And though it may indeed offend
I expect all is forgiven if I
Just sprinkle Jesus on my sin

Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh,

Shake Hands With the Devil

An old preacher once told me
Not so long ago
If you shake hands with the devil
It is hard to let go

He will grant your desires
But just so you know
He’s the master of deceit
The Bible says so

You will defeat your opponents
Your influence and power will grow
But it will be only on his terms
You see, he’s the real foe

So once your hand is in his
He will have you in tow
And as the old preacher said
It is hard to let go

John 8:44 – When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

2 Corinthians 11:14 – And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

What’s Next

I am still learning to surrender
I am still learning to let go
I am still learning be still
Because this one thing I know

I can trust the future to Him
Nothing comes as a surprise
He knows what page is turning
He has seen the next sunrise

Nothing catches Him off balance
Nothing catches Him unprepared
Nothing makes Him ask ‘what happened’?
For He alone declared

I Am Alpha and Omega
I hold all in balance and in check
Don’t try to plan your life without Me
I alone can say ‘What’s Next”

James 4:16 Context

13Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.

For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Turn Invisible Moo into Meat

Only the Creator can do it
Only He can perform this feat
Make something from absolute nothing
Turn invisible moo into meat

We can season and stir lightly
We can cook at just the right heat
Only He makes void become substance
Turn invisible moo into meat

He doesn’t stop with one item
From cucumbers to red beet
Put oink, swish and cluck on the menu
Turn invisible moo into meat

Evolutionists will shout and laugh at you
Their theories are lies and deceit
Black cow eats green grass, get white milk
Because God turns invisible moo into meat

Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Me or You

At the end of the day
Seeing things in rear view
I must ask myself
Did they see me
Or did they see You

I am so very charming
I have jokes that are new
I am witty and learned
Did they see me
Or did they see You

I drive what is fashionable
Things afforded by few
As they look at my wardrobe
Did they see me
Or did they see You

My opinions are valued
People quote me they do
Flesh is fed spirit is empty
Looking at me
They couldn’t see You

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

The Vine

Look at all my beautiful branches
How the tentacles intertwine
He said because there is no fruit
I have to cut this piece of vine

But Lord they are so beautiful
I am sure we will get wine
He said not from leaves and branches
I must prune this pretty vine

But Lord it’s so attractive
And people know this branch is mine
He picked up the sheers and scissors
And cut my favorite piece of vine

I told him Lord you hurt me
Down to my core into my spine
He continued to inspect
Looking for fruit not leafy vine

And daily He surveys my life
Knowing what he expects to find
And though the results may please me
I am just a branch, He is the Vine

I must let repent of ego
Pride and self-pleasure cross the line
Yield, submit and yes surrender
Fruit comes only when abiding in the Vine

John 15:5 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

His

Some call you by title
Dr. Mr. or Ms.
But your Father has one name
He calls you His

Some know you by report
By your stuff you are known
Your Father has just one name
He calls you His own

Some see your failures
What you is and you ain’t
Your shortcomings God sees
And He calls you saint

Don’t bother with regret
Trying to impress all the others
Christ sees you as friend
He calls you sister and brother

You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father. John 15:11‭-‬15 MSG

Have it Your Way

You take pride in exerting your will
Instead of submitting to Mine
So the emptiness that you now feel
Is because you ignore the Divine

You take pleasure in having your way
In getting in the last word
Making sure they heard what you say
If you were silent it is Me they’d have heard

You plant seeds of what you call fruit
You water and watch over with care
But your harvest is all self-pursuit
You neglect self-denial and prayer

Take control if you want, I won’t deny it
I won’t force you into submission
Run your life as you will, go on try it
I only enter your life with permission

Proverbs 14:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
Revelation 3:20King James Version (KJV)
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.