Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Passion Week

I'm trying to read through the Book of John this week.  I like to read books (of the Bible) in one sitting when possible, although with a couple kids, that's tough.  But I've read through 13 chapters so far today, and while many, Many things seem to jump out at you, when you read straight through, one in particular caught my attention.  Jesus makes no bones about Who He Is.   Which I found undeniably fascinating, because I hear it said so much (like on the History Channel) how Jesus simply wanted to be seen as a very good man and nothing else.

These people clearly never read the book of John.  

Jesus, at least from John's prospective, seems to weave it into every conversation He has with anybody.  Multiple times, people try to stone Jesus, but He slips away, because it wasn't God's time.  Amazing book, truly.  

I plan to finish reading it now, if I can, and since I'm home taking care of Sarah and the boys, I may watch The Passion of the Christ tomorrow night instead of Maundy Thursday services...not as entertainment: it's just not that kind of movie.  (I remember seeing it in the theatre and finding the purchase of popcorn...bothersome?)  

God bless this weekend, and however you commemorate this weekend, make sure you do it in remembrance of Him. 

20 comments:

BrikHed said...

One of the most powerful passages in the bible for me...

John 14:6

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

He knew who he was and what he was here to do. Anyone that thinks otherwise is missing out on the opportunity for eternal happiness and they get my prayers.

Mayra said...

Amen! I've been trying to really prepare my heart to really celebrate His resurrection on Easter! I've kinda been following a loose time line and today He was sold for 30 silver coins.

Tunafish said...

Wow. Popcorn? Hahaha! GOD bless!

Jake T. said...

I too, my brother, have been dedicating this week to the Book of John.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33 NIV

Kelly said...

Amen Aaron!

I wanted to watch Passion of the Christ for Easter as well, but Netflix is too quick for me & shipped my new movie before I had a chance to add it to the list, so I got Finding Nemo instead...not quite the same :p I'll have to see if I can rent it somewhere.

I did watch it a few years ago and WOW! I waited till it came out on DVD at the request of several friends who went & saw it in theatres and I'm glad I did! Definitely not a theatre-watching kinda movie! But one that EVERYONE needs to see!

Hope you and your family have a blessed Easter!

Aaron Shust said...

one thing I'll say about watching it in the theatre: there didn't seem to be a dry eye, and I heard more sniffles (and even some sobbing) than most movie yield. When it was over, a few left, but most just sat in stunned awe. no clapping or talking, just silence. It was certainly other-worldly.

suchimpulse said...

My daughter and I went to see the Passion of the Christ in the theatre. It was a very powerful experience, and I'm sorry to say, we bought popcorn, totally out of habit, but we didn't eat it once it started. It was something to sit in a huge theatre with so many people who were there for the same reason.

Aaron Shust said...

yeah, i certainly don't mean to imply that buying popcorn was 'wrong' ...but it did seem weird. it's just association. you buy popcorn, sit down with a Coke, smile and watch a fun movie. This wasn't a fun movie. So all things associated with fun movies may seem out of place when watching something on any seriousness. Schinler's List even.

Dan said...

Happy Good Friday + Easter Aaron, wish you and your family the best.

I still remember when I watched the Passion; opening night with youth group. It left me speechless, and similar to what you describe, the credits were rolling and no one even got up.

Really helps us to put in perspective all the pain & suffering Jesus went through even prior to being nailed to the cross.

Belinda said...

If you keep losing your voice ,you should just rest it, unless you want to get nodules on your vocal chords or perhaps you should talk to Matthew West, a Christian Music artist who lost his singing voice for a whole year ! What if you must Lip-Sync-Sing ? It may be an option to prevent permanent damage to your vocal chords. I've heard of singers bleeding from their throats from overuse. I'm praying for you,Aaron ! Maybe A Voice Instructor that coaches singers can give you tips on how to sing without hurting your Voice-Box. Yes...We are left speechless after seeing that movie...His sacrifice for us should leave us eternally grateful ! Hope you all have a Blessed Resurrection Day ! Love You, Belinda

Belinda said...

We should pray for the folks who lost their homes to tornadoes just before EASTER DAY ! It's another heart-wrenching tragedy among the seemingly endless news stories happening... Lord, Jesus , Be with those who are crying out to You ! Let us be Your hands and feet to help them,too ! Lord- We Love You This Holy Week, help us sacrifice ourselves for others' needs by Your Example and Making Your Love Known To A Hurting World + + +

Belinda said...

Ah- !!!! Schindler's List was another Tear Jerker Movie , But God put us all on His "SAVED" List because Jesus paid the Price for our sins and we also receive the gift of Eternal Life.... So lets be thankful and joyful this Great Easter Day ! Thanks also to Mel Gibson for the reminder of God's Endless Love For us All- by producing "The Passion of The Christ."( another wonderful film is " Jesus of Nazareth. " ) This film captures Jesus' Life Story in a Family Friendly Fashion , safe for younger children to view .

Ben DiStefano said...

Hey Aaron,
Good post on John. I've been thinking of how John used the themes of light and dark throughout the book. Like Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night. A blind man receives sight. And this week, when Mary went to the tomb "it was still dark." ... Anyway good to see you online, gotta get you to Erie sometime.

Diana said...

Aaron - I understand about the "weirdness". Hope you are feeling better now that you had your shots and your antiobiotics! Praying that your voice is ready by Thursday. I was on MySpace and listening to your songs - they are awesome - especially Worthy. I love that song! When are you coming to Northern Illinois?

Lori said...

I saw "The Passion" at the theater to, and those that started out munching on popcorn stopped immediately after the movie began. The only sound heard was sniffles and after He rose from the grave a guy yelled, "Thank You, Jesus!" But even after that, all continued to sit in silence.
Thanks and praise to Jesus Christ for all He has done for us! Hallelujah! He truly is an amazing, awesome God!

Ruthibelle said...

Amen

Melody Joy Francis said...

Goin't to see Merdith, Chris Sligh, and Natalie Grant next weekend in Columbia, MD......wish you could be there too! :0) Hope you and yours are well, many blessing to you all!

i'm beccy. said...

You mention how Jesus kept slipping through the crowds that wanted to kill him. I remember in college having to do a debate about if Judas went to heaven or not. I started to really wonder if his love of money made him go for those 30 pieces of silver thinking it would be an easy buck because Jesus would just slip through the crowd again, then when it didn't happen like that he couldn't live with himself since he loved Jesus so much and never meant what happened to happen. Thanks for the reminder to read books of the bible in a sitting instead of piecemeal. :o)! Prayers from NE this week.

Mayra said...

loving "to God alone," and of course reviewed it on iTunes. Can't wait till I can hear the whole album, or you swing by my neck of the woods =)

Anita's Journal said...

Been listening to your new stuff....LOVE IT! Thanks for using your talent for God's glory!