In which we’re enroute to the best Bible verse EVER

by Craig on April 10, 2012

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If you’re here from Ann’s for…

…we’re considering this week, the resurrection – both His and ours. I’m in the middle of my Bible Verse tournament – and both of these verses are uber full of resurrection goodness…

a little about the tourney…

I set up the seedings here.
I determined the tournament locations here.
The South Regional results are here, and here.
The West Regional recaps are here, here and here
The East Regional game summaries are here and here.

The next match-up…

(#6) Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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(#11) John 11:2 “…I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live…”

Two verses promising that we can live forever…
different times and different authors…
one, a live quote…the other, a quote from a letter.

The #6 seed…
a simple metaphor.

We work…

…we get paid.

Our original job description is pretty well summed up by another verse in this round of 64. The #14 seed in the South Regional, “…do justice…love goodness…walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

The thing is that no one in all of human history, except one, has ever performed well enough at the job description – God’s requirement being perfection and all. ツ In fact, whether knowingly or unknowingly, Paul informs us that humanity changed bosses.

And our new “wages of sin”?
They’re paid even if we perform really poorly.
Even if we don’t mess up all the time…
even if we’re humble most of the time…
that very first sin we ever did…it did us in.

This is a foundational verse for the gospel of grace.

Paul seems to me a very practical man, one familiar with the ways of the world, and as logical as a great philosopher. He chooses to use this logical, real-world analogy that, at least for me, really hit home the very first time I read it.

And its opponent in this first round is a quote of Our Lord.

His longtime friend was dead…
hot tears were flowing…
there were lots of witnesses.

How many of his apostles really believed it when Jesus said that a man dead for three days could stop being dead, and walk out of a tomb? That’s impossible! Nobody is dead for three days and then pops up like a frisky lamb. Right?

The #6 seed contains the gospel of Jesus transmitted to us by Paul.

The #11 seed holds the gospel words of Our Lord and God, directly quoted by John.

Jesus (God), tells Mary, me, us
that if we believe in him…
when we die, as we all will…
He has the power, and will use that power…
to do what he historically did, first for a little girl…

This is taken from a long out of print book of drawings entitled "He Was One of Us" by Rien Poortvliet (it's a treasure of mine) please read the words...powerful.

 

…and then, proving mastery over death…again…for a friend.

It left everyone wondering just who He was. It leaves us with a personal promise by God, that everyone we know who has died, and who believed in our Lord, isn’t dead anymore…and we will keep living after we die.

the #11 seed upsets the #6 seed, because a personal promise from God?

That’s hard to beat.

The Tournament Brackets now look like this…

And the tournament continues…

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Cora April 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

Yeah! I have to agree with you, Craig! Without the resurrection, it really wouldn’t matter what I believed, would it? That cutest of all pups is just perfect to wear the ribbon of the day.

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Craig April 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

I did the puppy picture on purpose – for you – and other “muttly” lovers like Dawn – we all know where MY heart lies. AND – this choice happened over the very vocal protests of one “love kitty”. Next post I’ll have to make it up to him. And amen, if Jesus hadn’t shown us that he had actual power over death – twice during his ministry – and then a third time (another Trinity thing – a quick quiz question – who raised Jesus from the dead?) anyway – a third time on Easter. Without all of that – oh, how much harder to believe. Brilliant as usual Cora. God bless.

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Debbie April 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

This was a fun and in depth way to look at those two scriptures! Wonderful picture too . .. and the words were just perfect. :) I was pretty sure the direct quote of Our Lord would win, but you had me reading to find out for sure! Thank you, Craig! Play on!

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Craig April 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

debi – this iz frum Laska – i m having ritingz of this tu everrwun becuz kreg iz havingz of sorreez cuz hee did not reeply yesturday…and mite not tuday…i wil esplayn.

Kreg iz not havingz of feelingz of gud. Yesturday he preepayrd foor “colunoskupy” tuday. He is gowing tu “colunoskupy” at 10 o clok. He haz spent menee tymz on his magic chayre with watur in it that goze in sirkelz. He did not ansur anee comentz yesterday and he may not tuday – bucuz he iz not havingz of nowingz how “colunoskupy” will be maykingz him tu feel.

I du not no wat iz “colunoskupy” – but I no I doent want. not if it iz havingz of meeningz that I hav tu hav so menee tymz in my box with majic sand. He did not hav gud sleepingz tu. He iz having of feelingz of veree bad an he howpz u unerstan.

u r nise debi

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Martha Orlando April 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

Oh, yes, I agree! The winning quote IS unbeatable here. And, I hearted the photo from the book and the most touching words . . . It made me feel as though Jesus was reaching out and touching me personally. Just beautiful!
As always, you are an inspiration, Craig!
Blessings to you!

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Craig April 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

martha – this iz frum Laska – i m having ritingz of this tu everrwun becuz kreg iz havingz of sorreez cuz hee did not reeply yesturday…and mite not tuday…i wil esplayn.

Kreg iz not havingz of feelingz of gud. Yesturday he preepayrd foor “colunoskupy” tuday. He is gowing tu “colunoskupy” at 10 o clok. He haz spent menee tymz on his magic chayre with watur in it that goze in sirkelz. He did not ansur anee comentz yesterday and he may not tuday – bucuz he iz not havingz of nowingz how “colunoskupy” will be maykingz him tu feel.

I du not no wat iz “colunoskupy” – but I no I doent want. not if it iz havingz of meeningz that I hav tu hav so menee tymz in my box with majic sand. He did not hav gud sleepingz tu. He iz having of feelingz of veree bad an he howpz u unerstan.

u r nise martha

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Martha Orlando April 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Oh, Laska, tell Craig I am so sorry! Unfortunately, this reminds me that I have to schedule one. :( Been putting it off and my doctor will not be happy with me if I don’t do one soon. Hope everything goes well, that the best cat owner in the world can get some rest and feel better very soon!
P.S. Jordan, de grump kitteh sez, O, hai, Laska!

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Michele-Lyn April 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I love the artwork… it’s inspired.

Also, you have a very unique and effective way of brining scripture to life. It is only possible if it has become Rhema for you. You share truth beautifully.

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Craig April 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm

thank you Michele-Lyn, really, thank you. And that’s the thing about Scripture isn’t it? It’s more than just words on a page, in a book – we read, and then it becomes part of us, and the closer we are to our Lord, the more a part of us it becomes – and then it just kind of leaks out.. Again, thank you for your kind words, and God bless and keep you!

And PS… Sorry for being so late to respond – but I had a (blech) colonoscopy last week – and it’s taken me a little bit to bounce back. I’m usually much quicker on the response ㋡

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