March 31, Isaiah 25:8

“But here on this mountain, God-of-the-Angel-Armies will throw a feast for all the people of the world, A feast of the finest foods, a feast with vintage wines, a feast of seven courses, a feast lavish with gourmet desserts. And here on this mountain, God will banish the pall of doom hanging over all peoples, the shadow of doom darkening all nations. Yes, he’ll banish death forever. And God will wipe the tears from every face. He’ll remove every sign of disgrace from his people, wherever they are. Yes! God says so!”

Isaiah 25:8 MSG – A verse of the day from the Bible presented in Eugene Peterson’s contemporary version called The Message. Accompanied by a personal reflection below.

What a day that will be — when every tear is wiped away, and every pang of guilt is brushed away, and a full and complete reconciliation takes place with God and every one who calls him father.  It is hard to imagine what all this might look like, but I can only imagine it as a flood of utter joy, relief, and complete contentment that must overcome each person.  May it be that you and I will share in this joy together.

March 30, Romans 6:23

“But now that you’re found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.”

Romans 6:23 MSG – A verse of the day from the Bible presented in Eugene Peterson’s contemporary version called The Message. Accompanied by a personal reflection below.

I hope that you are listening to the right voice in your head — because the fact is that there are multiple voices vying for your attention.  God’s voice might be the small and still one, not the loud, insistent, impulsive, and persistent voice that might seem good and right.  Take a moment to listen, and choose carefully, won’t you?

March 29, John 12:13

“The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. They broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name! Yes! The King of Israel! Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it: No fear, Daughter Zion: See how your king comes, riding a donkey’s colt.”

John 12:13 MSG – A verse of the day from the Bible presented in Eugene Peterson’s contemporary version called The Message. Accompanied by a personal reflection below.

Who rides a donkey?  Certainly not a king, right?  Well, here’s some news for you:  Jesus rode a donkey.  You think he was sending a message?  Ya think?!  Of course, he was.  The message was:  this is a new day, and this is what divine royalty looks like.  Conventions are turned upside down, you see.  The first shall be last, and the last shall be first; the donkey is a worthy animal for a king, and palm branches are better than a red carpet!  This is the lord of the universe coming through into Jerusalem riding a donkey’s colt, and he will soon give his life as an atonement or sacrifice for you and me.  Do you see how impossibly magnificent all this is?!  Take a moment to reflect on this, won’t you?