Resonance

An echo in my spirit,

Like a pulsing in my chest,

An ache in my soul.

Life struck

by felt-bound hammer, and

Days pounded repeatedly, my

Pain cloaked in mercy.

Your Spirit sings near me and

Tremors erupt in my belly.

Notes of resonance, harmony.

Your voice beckons all my straining

Peels the silence away.

With strikes and songs, strokes and pelts.

You coax the music of my life

To resonate and harmonize

Where beauty lay cold and shrouded under cobwebs. 

Abandoned, deemed useless and out of tune.

You stood nearby and hung your notes between us.

I felt the rumble in my belly –

chords of life vibrating with mysterious life. Creator Life.

Then Jesus, you sat and touched the keys,

Pulled your fingers down the dusty keys,

And crescendo followed trill as songs I long thought died

came forth.

Dirty Little Lives

If anyone was defiled by Jewish standards, it was Jesus. And He did it on purpose! He touched dead people, he touched spit, he touched lepers. Jesus spoke with Samaritans and mocked the self-righteous, “spot-less” Pharisees. It wasn’t hard to find law-dirt on Jesus.

The Mosaic law commanded that the Israelites avoid many kinds of foods, contaminations and unclean objects. And then Jesus came along.

“And he said, ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles him.’” Mark 7:20 What a paradigm shift! So much for avoiding all the bad stuff, the bad stuff is in me!

A quick look at the Greek word for “unclean,” as used in Romans 14:14, reveals that it is the same word as is translated “defiled” in other contexts such as, Mark 7:14-22. This dirty little word: is from the root word, koinos. In English, this means to “be stripped of specialness, made common.”

Jesus said in Mark 7:14-22, that what defiles a man, or strips him of his specialness and reduces him to the common, is what comes from inside. In this case, the inside or heart, refers to the “capacity of moral preference, mind, character, inner-self, will, the intention.”

So what is the cure? What is the solution? How do I survive my own toxic emissions? There are a several verses that give a clear answer.

First: Romans 10:9
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

And then, if you believe in Jesus: 1 John 5:20
“And we know that The Son of God has come and he has given us a mind to know The True One and to be in The True One- in his Son, Jesus The Messiah. This One is The True God and The Life Eternal.”

And finally, if we have been given a mind to know Jesus then: Titus 3:3-7

“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

The solution to living in a common or defiled life is to let Jesus live His life through you. By believing in Jesus, we are given a new mind and heart and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It is then Christ in us, that regenerates us and renews us and makes us anything but common.

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…” 1 Peter 2:9.