Ruler over everything
Jesus is the One. Promised One. The Son of God.
Now try getting that tune out of your head (and if you don’t know it check out the song section of Jesus is the New and Better David for a link).
The Timeline activity this week makes use of a fun but slightly bizarre resource: The Brick Bible. The makers of this website have devoted a lot of time to creating and photographing stories from the Bible out of Lego. They are often pleasingly accurate although I have found that I have to choose pictures carefully because a few red bricks on the floor looks surprisingly brutal and because they are just Lego they don’t skimp on nudity and sex. If you are in the US you can buy child friendly books in the same style (I don’t live there so I can’t comment on what they’re like – if anyone knows please comment below). They have also added speech where appropriate – it’s an amalgamation of different English-language translations and uses Yahweh frequently which I find a bit annoying. It’s not always sympathetic in its portrayal of events which sometimes works well at removing any soppiness but also removes reason and context. However with a wise selection of pictures it’s very handy – I definitely recommend you check it out.
The world is far from perfect
but a far, far better one awaits!
It’s too sunny for me to sleep past five this morning apparently. Yesterday, I made a cake for a friend that collapsed instantly on taking it out the oven. These are two very small problems but, unfortunately, all it takes to make me mopey and miserable. So what a joy that writing up Joshua this morning got me to refocus on a God who calls us to joyful obedience not self-pitying wallowing. On a land which overflows with good things and where the presence of God lights up the world! On a future free from sin! On a rescue that cost sooooooooooooooo much to ensure that this time no-one (not even me) could screw it up.
Onwards to a new day…
We’re as far through as Exodus now
Buckle your seatbelts things speed up from here…
Check out how Moses is just a taste of what is to come. And in case you were wondering how we’d got as far as Exodus already you can browse the rest of the Jesus is the New and Better series right here.
Joseph is here at last!
Thank you for your patience
I remember planning this and trying to think of which part of Joseph’s life did we want to borrow to show something true about Jesus and the more I looked for one thing the more I was like ‘they’re just the same!’
So here we have the tale of the beloved son who becomes a suffering servant, is innocent but is punished and who is elevated to being the right hand man and brings reconciliation to his family. BOOM!
It makes me really happy that God is able to plan so meticulously the lives of people thousands of years apart just so we’ll recognise his son when he comes. Also that good planning is clearly a godly quality – every time I make the effort to sit and plan children’s and youth work I’m becoming a little more like my heavenly father.