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The Right view of Jesus Changes Everything

55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him.
58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

When we have an accurate view of Jesus, everything else then is weighted correctly. Some of the things we once loved and longed for have become meaningless and some of the things that were meaningless and trivial become most important. Stephen knew this, and Acts 7 gives the historical account. Stephen was filled with the Spirit and saw Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father. As men gathered stones to put him to death, Stephen calmly stood without fear, without anger, without retaliation, he was fortified by an accurate view of Jesus. He begged not that God would intervene and protect him, not that fire would fall and devour these men where they stood, but that these men who would stone him would be forgiven. Once you have an accurate view of Jesus, fear fades, hatred is halted, and death no longer permanent becomes sleep, to which we now know, we will once again be awakened from. My prayer today is that we will see Jesus most clearly as he truly is, The Lover of Our Souls. I wonder the conversations that took place in the homes of these stone throwers after they witnessed Stephen’s prayer? Did Stephen’s reflection of love impact even one? Maybe, just as Jesus’ death impacted the soldiers that witnessed his love at the cross and were transformed so these men also may have been moved by Stephens death. One thing I know for sure, Stephen’s message was not diluted, he did not compromise his stand, he didn’t do what was politically correct, even to the point of giving up his very life. When we have a accurate view of Jesus, we can trust whatever circumstance we are facing that He is in control.


The Hero by Scott Chadwick

He shuts his eyes to recall a time that yet he hasn’t known,
And breathes a sigh to question why, for now he’s all alone,
No one there to hold him true, to the lies he’s always told,
So now he relaxes in just what the facts is, as he ages until he’s no longer old.
It’s a sad sentiment when he can’t repent of the loneliness that he feels,
Cause he’s never alone or far from home or at least where he eats his meals.

There are days he escapes from the norm that everyone does see,
and there he becomes one of the ones, he knows he never could be.
A smile on his face or there you could see, if the mask he did remove,
but what would be the point of looking beneath for he really has nothing to prove.
Why is he tempted to stand in his fear and fight for what is just?
He asks himself the question but has no answer, he somehow just knows that he must.
So now committed to the defeat that some will never find, 
he braves the transformation, accepts the pain, and continues as if blind.
Tomorrow comes too quickly and passes just as quickly and frequently too,
If you’re not careful, the he that he sees, will be the he that is someday you.
What makes you, you is not what you might think, but more really who you know,
and though unseen with the natural eye the he of whom I speak is someone else’s hero.

I wrote this for all those folks we walk by each day, never knowing the battles they face, the scars they embrace, or why they feel out of place, but wish they could know they are important to someone, somewhere always.