The power of love is a curious thing …

The power of love is a curious thing

make a one man weep, make another man sing
Change a hawk to a little white dove
more than a feeling that’s the power of love

Tougher than diamonds, rich like cream
Stronger and harder than a bad girl’s dream
make a bad one good make a wrong one right
power of love that keeps you home at night

You don’t need money, don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train
It’s strong and it’s sudden and it’s cruel sometimes
but it might just save your life
That’s the power of love

Copyright: Bike Music O.B.O. Lovolar Music, Huey Lewis Music

After watching the movie Back To The Future, where this song made it’s debut, every 80’s kid went out to buy the cassette so we could take the listening experience on our Sony WalkMan’s with anti-skip to a whole other level. (Especially if you had the awesome ‘bass boost’ switch)

Huey Lewis wanted to explain what the power of love was, but let’s be honest, it’s hard to wrap your mind around. The next thing you know, we’re talking about hawks, doves, diamonds, cream … thank God we don’t need a credit card to ride that train.

When you come to Matthew 13, Jesus wants to convey the mind-blowing truth about God’s Kingdom and so He uses an unprecedented 8 parables – in a row.

How do you convey infinite divine truth to our finite human minds? Slowly, and apparently, allegorically.

Slowly?
The canon of Scripture represents 1500 years of Spirit-inspired authorship – that tells one story.

Allegorically?
Jesus used every day vernacular so everyone in His audience could 
understand the content of what He was saying. At the same, what He presented was so provoking, not everyone in the audience was prepared to accept the implications of what He was saying.

Christ’s parables do 2 things simultaneously: They pronounce God’s judgement on the hard hearted &  they offer God’s grace to broken hearted. Christ’s teaching is both concealed & revealed – at the same time.

The parables also reveal Christ’s ministry as doing two things simultaneously:

CHRIST SEPARATES WITH GOD’S PERFECT LAW AND SATISFIES WITH GOD’S GRACIOUS GOSPEL
Those who reject Christ’s gospel will be separated. He depicted this separation in His parables as good soil from bad, weeds from wheat and good fish from the bad fish that had been pulled up in the same net.

Those who receive Christ’s gospel will be satisfied. He depicted this satisfaction in His parables as a 100 fold return on a crop and a treasure or a pearl worth such infinite value, one would gladly make any sacrifice to have them.

Contrary to our inclinations to play god, it would seem that Christ does the separating, not us. We can certainly judge a man’s action, but never a man’s redemption. Christ reserves final judgement for Himself, which turns out to be fantastic news for everyone then and now who bows their knee and says Jesus is Lord and not lunatic. God the Father has given final judgement to the Son [John 5:22] which means that if you are in Christ, you no longer have a Judge over you but a Father over you. It also means that the one judging you – died for you. 

Judgement Day is a great day for those in Christ because it already happened – on His cross.

God’s wrath was poured out on Christ so that God’s grace could be poured out on us.

For that reason, we are like kids who have received an amazing gift and have run off to enjoy it. We run off enjoying the freedom of God’s grace, desiring more and more to live to the glory of the One who loves us.

Press on,

Paul

Listen to this blog in it’s full context HERE.

80’s kids – you’re welcome …

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