Lent has a way of exposing darkness. And God has a way of exposing flaws. There are times when I read Scripture and I get uplifted and encouraged. Stress melts away. And other times, I read it and I feel naked, exposed, and worthless.
Sometimes the Word of God is convicting rather than uplifting. Sometimes it cuts to the heart and lays me bare, and stripping my heart down to what it is at the core: sinful and rebellious.
I always hated rules as a kid. My least favorite rules were the ones that told me I couldn't do something. I don't like being held down and constricted by rules, being told what I can and cannot do. As an adult, I still have moments where, even when someone tells me that I should do something I know is good for me, I still consider not doing it just out of spite. Or worse, when I'm told not to do something I want to do that much more, just to prove to myself and the world that I can.
It's selfish, really. And childish. But I think we all have a tendency to want to go our own way and be free from restrictions.
But my parents didn't give me rules just to suck the fun out of my life. They were put in place to protect me. I was constantly being warned that my actions would lead to consequences I didn't want to pay. And every time, when I went my own way instead of listening to the rules, I ended up in a bad place.
In the previous post, I mentioned that Jesus is never chaning: he is the same today, tomorrow, and always. That was found in Hebrews 13, but today I was reading Hebrews 1 again and I found some simliar language. I find it interesting that the author of Hebrews carries this through from chapter one all the way into chapter 13, the last chapter of the book.
But I found something else in chapter 1. Jesus doesn't just last forever, unchanging. No, he was there at the very beginning.
Other than sounding like a great title for a metal song, the title of this blog strikes me as odd. Of course, that in and of itself is strange because hey, I'm the writer, I come up with the titles here, right? Okay, yes, but think about it. Destroyer of death. Do you often think of death as somethign that can be destroyed? What about Jesus - do you consider him a destroyer?
Now do you see where I'm getting a little hung up here? But when I was reading today, I coudln't help but think that this was the perfect title for the passage of scripture I was studying. I tried some other titles, but nothing got to the point of what Scripture was describing quite like this one.
Today's post will be short, both because I don't have much to write about from today's reading and also because I'm very busy. God, in his infinite wisdom, knows I am swamped, and gave me only a little bit to chew on today. One tiny, itty bitty verse jumped out at me during my reading of Hebrews 13.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." - Hebrews 13:8