Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Japanese Food...

...has always repulsed me. But over the last few weeks I am realizing I can enjoy it. In fact, today I was at Richmond Sushi and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Dennis had a vision years ago that I would come to like sushi. He was persistent, and after all those difficult trials, he is finally going to see his dreams fulfilled. So, if you want to go for sushi, I'll actually say yes! (but no rolls, those things make me vomit).

Monday, April 23, 2007

the "stolen" car

i had another dream last night.

one of my youth leaders, marcel, was driving me home after church. as we're driving he tells me,

"my car got stolen last week, but ICBC won't give me any money for it because it was given to me as a gift."

"what a letdown...ICBC! so who's car is this?" I reply.

"well, i still need a car to get to school, so my friend came up with an idea. she had been wanting to get a new car, so she suggested i 'steal' her car and ICBC will give her the money, and i will have a car for myself!"

this didn't sit well in my stomach...i couldn't just sit there and not say anything,

"ultimately it's your choice, but i have to share my opinion. i don't think it's right to do something like that where you are being dishonest. you feel justified in screwing ICBC because they screwed you over, but that's not the way God wants us to live. that's all i have to say."

"wow, you're blunt! yeah, you're right, i guess i'll be taking the bus to school for now." marcel grudgingly said.

then i woke up. after thinking about it in bed i realized how could he get her car insured if she had declared it stolen? logic foils my dreams again! and why do i often act like a moral police officer in my dreams???

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Mysteriously Vanishing Car

i had a dream last night

Ian Martens was driving me somewhere and then for some reason we were driving in separate cars

and then we got pulled over by American police

but i didnt have my license

I told them my license number (cause I have it memorized for some reason) but they didn't care

and they were hassling me and such

and i was like, how did i get in that car anyways??!

and then, i turned around and the car was gone, and the police were like, "im sure you were driving a car", and im like, "i dont think i was, i was with Ian in his car", "but i remember seeing him put the parking break on", says one of the cops

but the car was gone so i guess i couldn't have broken the law

the Lord works in mysterious ways!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Harrowing of Hell

(this is just something that has fascinated me from recent readings)

My good buddy Ben Schmidt once asked me (and everyone else he came in contact with), "Where did Jesus go after he died?" Well, guess what?!? I just found out...

He was harrowing hell! According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary harrow means "to plunder or pillage". Jesus wasn't so innocent after all, he was a viking. The doctrine of the Harrowing of Hell is found in the Apostles creed where it says, "was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell." Upon his death, Jesus broke into hell, Hades, Sheol, and liberated the righteous ones who had died before him.

Here are some interesting verses that might just refer to it:

Matthew 27:50-53

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.

So according to this passage this is the order of events:
1. Jesus dies
2. The curtain rips
3. There is an earthquake
4. Tombs open up
5. The bodies of many saints were raised
6. TWO DAYS LATER (after Jesus' resurrection) the saints leave the tombs and appear to people.

So basically, they just hung out in their tombs for a couple days, but didn't leave until after Jesus' resurrection...hmmm??!? Could this be Matthew's way of explaining the harrowing of hell into his narrative? Think about it...after Jesus' death he broke into hell and freed the saints. But they couldn't be resurrected yet, because Jesus had to be the first. So symbolically Matthew has them waiting in their tombs until Jesus rises first.

And how does Matthew describes these saints? As those who have fallen asleep. This was the standard way of describing those righteous ones who had died before Jesus. They were not really dead, only fast asleep waiting for Jesus to awaken them. Look at what Paul says in 1 Cor. 15:20: "But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep."

1 Peter 4:6

For the gospel has for this purpose been preached (proclaimed) even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.

Could this be a reference to Jesus descending into hell to let the saints (who had been judged in flesh) freed so they could finally live in the spirit?

But I know what you're thinking, if Jesus did actually go into hell and free the saints on the Saturday before his resurrection, why isn't it explicitly in the gospels? Well, think about it, if that story was put in, it would steal the thunder from Jesus' commision to spread the gospel. Here we would have Jesus bursting out of the tomb leading a procession of resurrected saints up to heaven, and then he comes back down again and briefly sends his disciples out, then he goes back up to heaven again. All that stuff happened behind the scenes so it doesn't really fit in with the narrative as the disciples experienced it.

And what about the guy on the cross? "Today you will be with me in Paradise." I don't know how the whole day thing works in the afterlife, but couldn't this just mean, "I'm actually on my way to hell now to set people free, so you don't even have to wait that long."

So what is the benefit of knowing about the harrowing of hell? Well...it shows us that the bodily resurrection has already started. This isn't a future event, this is something that Jesus started the moment he died and continues to do. Those who give up everything to follow him, will be raised to new life! This isn't just a future event, it has already begun!

Friday, April 06, 2007

My Transformation

I really enjoy getting my picture taken...

Dec. 16, 2006

Dec. 28, 2006

Jan. 5, 2007

Jan. 14, 2007

Feb. 16, 2007

Mar. 9, 2007

Mar. 11, 2007