He's Lord of death. A Christian preacher was preaching in the bazaars of India, and a Mohammedan said, "Padre Sahib, we have a proof in our religion that you haven't got in yours. We can go to Mecca and find the tomb of Mohammed, but when you go to Palestine you can't be sure you've got the tomb of Jesus." "Yes," said the Christian preacher, "you're right. We have no tomb in Christianity because we have no corpse." . . .
In India they repeat montras. A priest will whisper a montra into the ear of his disciple. The disciple doesn't know what it means, but he repeats it. It's his life charm. . . . I'd like to whisper into your ear three words. Take it. It's a life montra. When in trouble, repeat it. When facing a dilemma, repeat it. When facing sin, repeat it. When facing disaster, repeat it. When facing temptation, repeat it: "Jesus is Lord." Take those three words and go into the tomorrow, and into the future. And there is no future. It's all present. Jesus is Lord.
Monday, December 3, 2012
"Look! He's coming back!" (ESJ for Advent)
I have often cited this quote from E. Stanley Jones's sermon, "Christ is the Answer." It is particularly pertinent during this first week of Advent.