Tuesday, July 31, 2012

HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold Discussion of Verse Thirteen



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Just search "hesus joy christ", make sure that is what was searched for, and not an alternate such as "jesus joy christ" on www.google.ca and in a couple of months it may appear instead of the old links that appear now.
On this site there are all the HESUS JOY CHRIST blog posts to date, in an easily accessible non-linear format, as well as all the HJC animation dating back to 2009.


There's the website with all the other artwork!!

Just search vid932008 on www.google.ca to see it come up first in the list.
On this site there are almost all the artwork blog posts in an easily accessible non-linear format, as well as all the other artwork and poetry.



There's a blast of WATERCOLOUR !!

Since I get such a kick, still, out of blathering on about this stuff, I'm continuing on with the discussion of HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold !!

 Verse 13    13Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali – . .. …

from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter Four, New International Version

 Verse 13  13Leaving the hill, he went and lived in a rooming  house, down toward the lake, . ./ . . in the area of the mall, . .. ... 

from the text of the animation HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold
written by R David Foster

 Verse 13 Discussion               

. .. ... a rooming house, down toward the lake, ... .. .

 What does where one, or the One, lives have to do with anything?  Really, it doesn't have that much to do with anything, other than that Jesus, as well as everyone else, has to move from time to time.  Perhaps the reasons we move have some significance.

 Really though, this verse is a good example of this whole  HESUS JOY CHRIST  writing.  The point is not to elevate anyone's personal experience to the level of worship, but to illustrate how scripture relates to everyone personally, using this one example, and that is its value.  Too many people have the attitude that church and scripture are some kind of moralizing fairy tale that everyone needs to grow out of as they mature into adulthood, but this is false.  Sure, one must mature, but our understanding of scripture and church is capable of maturing with us, as it is alive and relevant to all of existence, not just childhood.  This verse is a simple example of how Jesus had life events that everyone has, and his response to such events is relevant in that we all face similar life events, and may respond in a similar way.

 Flight is really just rising above one's limitations and life events and riding them out to a positive resolution.  This is what spiritual truths are about.  Everyone who reaches will fall short, and dealing with these shortcomings successfully, carries one on to new life.  Failure can devastate one spiritually, but it can also be an opportunity to move beyond what one was trapped in, to a new life with new and better challenges.

 Flight can also be considered as “falling with style”, as in the movie  Toy Story , where the character Buzz Lightyear proclaims “to infinity and beyond”. The joke is that there is nothing beyond infinity, or is there?

 There is a school of thought that the universe may be finite without bound.  This means that the universe is a determined size, but doesn't have any boundaries. The best example of this idea is the earth itself, as a sphere.  A sphere has a two dimensional surface, of a finite size dependent on the diameter of the sphere, yet nevertheless a finite size.  But even though the surface of the sphere is limited, there is not any boundary or end of the surface of the sphere. One can travel the globe and never come the the end of the earth.  But if one travels the globe, they do not come back the same person.

 The same with infinity.  Each encounter with infinity sends one back a different person, to a different world, one that is new in every way, yet still the same world. In this way it could be said that one has passed through infinity to a new world !

 Jesus had just spent a lot of time alone. He considered the infinite, and came back a new person.  The One had spent a length of time amongst the two spouses, and then moved on to a new set of circumstances.  The end of the sacred One relationship leads to a new life, different than the life before the sacred One relationship.

 Death is real, yet one may progress through a death or failure, to a new world, if they are open to life, and do not choose to remain in death.  The question is not how high God will lift you, but rather what elevation can one tolerate, endure or remain in an awareness of how high one is.  It is fear that limits one's elevation, rather than faith, grace, or death.  Death is real, but life remains so that one may die with so much style that they appear to have conquered death.  This is more than just an appearance. It is real.

 Jesus had just heard that his greatest advocate, John the Baptist, had been put in prison. Jesus went to Galilee, and left Nazareth, to go and live in Capernaum, by the lake, in the land of Zebulan and Naphtali.  Consider this ! Jesus was a real person, with an emotional response to the events of his life. We are all like that, and when things happen we respond emotionally.  Jesus' response was to raise the bar, carry on, and shoot for higher stakes, upping the ante, and making his life, as well as John's, count for as much as possible.

 But what if he failed? Who knew whether he had a chance? It doesn't matter, when one gets right down to it. Not trying ensures a 100% failure rate. A half hearted try may reduce the failure rate to 95%.  But a full press reduces the rate of failure even more, and to not give 100% is to accept failure. Failure may be certain, but a good shot reduces that certainty.  What else is there to do?

. .. ... in the area of the mall, ... .. .
 I do not know anything about Zebulan or Naphtali. I just assume it is some sort of locality around Galilee.  I do know that the mall is a secular wonderland.  So this emphasizes that Jesus was in a secular world. He related to that world in such a way that he found a following.

 But the secular world may be considered a life of darkness, within which there is no one worthy.  Jesus entered this type of region, and remained worthy.  This is the hope of the spouse, to be able to honour the secular world with some sort of redemption, as Jesus remained worthy in an unworthy region.
 This is what we are all called to do – to remain worthy in unworthy circumstances, to turn water into wine, to find life amongst death, to honour the dishonoured, to shine in the darkness.

Sunday, July 29th, 2012


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