I Love You! Come and Die!
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
“When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
You can take this for what it’s worth as my opinion on dating and relationships, but I would think it’s probably not the most comforting thing to invite someone into a relationship with the words, “I love you. Come and die.” I guess it kind of worked for Romeo and Juliet, but I’m thinking Shakespeare may have used up whatever romance was in that line.
“I love you. Come and die.” Doesn't paint a very bright future, does it? No warm fuzzies attached. If you heard it from the wrong person, you might call 911. But, from Jesus, it is not a threat. It’s a wonderful invitation to live.
It’s one thing to be exposed to Jesus. Lots of people are exposed to Him. Some like what they see; others don’t. Some are drawn to Him; others are repelled. Some choose to believe; others hesitate or refuse. All of that has to do with being exposed to Jesus. It is a whole different thing, though, to be invited by Jesus to die, to realize what Jesus truly wants is for us to die so He can live through us. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20
Let that soak in. By accepting Jesus’ death at the cross as applying to us, His resurrection then is also ours to claim. Christ died; we died in Him. Christ lives; He lives in us.
Wednesday Family Night Dinner Menu
Birthdays and Anniversaries
11.20.17 John Bushong; Charlie Hoskins; Alice Kelley
11.21.17 John Betts, Janet McClain; Heather Ricketts
11.22.17 Luanne Cole
11.24.17 Mike Hofmann
David and Merry Brooks (Anniversary)
11.25.17 Becky Moore
Burl and Paula Milligan (Anniversary)