Love Broke Through

You’ve all probably seen the video where Kendall Jenner hands the cop a Pepsi and love wins. It didn’t ring true, did it? I wondered why they’d make a video like that, and then I saw TobyMac’s “Love Broke Thru” music video, and it made sense.

Whatever you believe about theology, unless you’re a sociopath, you know that there’s power in persuading people from doing terrible things. It’s a visceral, raw, emotional power. Either that power is real, or it’s Pepsi.

Just about 2,000 years ago, the Bible tells us that one man’s love broke through. On Friday, he died on a cross (a historical event few dispute). He died at the moment the high priest was sacrificing a lamb for the sins of Israel as part of the Passover celebration. His cousin John the Baptist said about him, “behold the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” The priest’s lamb took away the sins of Israel, for one year. Jesus Christ, the God-man, took away the world’s sins, once and for all.

“God is love,” reads 1 John 4:8. Specifically, it says “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

People are born, and we live for ourselves. We don’t know the love God has for us because that love has not broken through our selfishness, our plans, our needs. At some point, our own will stands against a police riot line in our souls, and either we allow our rebellion to succeed, or love breaks through.

This is why the images of rebellion and redemption ring so familiar in every human being, all over the world, in every culture. But truth is only found in one power to save.

In 2009, a bank teller in Indianapolis prayed while a bank robber held a gun to her head. Then he joined her in praying. Love broke through.

In 2008, victims of a shooting at Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Colorado forgave the killer, who went on to attack a church before himself being killed by a security officer. Many in the media were incredulous that victims would forgive a man who killed their friends in cold blood.

In 2012, a victim of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting forgave killer James Eagan Holmes after being shot three times by Holmes. “Of course, I forgive him with all my heart. When I saw him in his hearing, I felt nothing but sorrow for him — he’s just a lost soul right now,” Pierce O’Farrill told the Denver Post. Love broke through.

In July, 2016, a father pulled up on a Georgia deputy who had just pulled the man’s son over for running a stop sign. With police officers being executed or shot at, Deputy Brandon Wiggins got ready for combat. But instead the man prayed with him. “When he started praying, man, I don’t know what happened. It caught me, I guess. Good Lord was there is all I can say,” Wiggins told News Radio 106.7’s Christy Hutchings.

A powder keg was ignited in Charleston, South Carolina, when Dylann Roof shot and killed nine while they were praying at Emanuel AME church in 2015. Instead of rioting, Charleston prayed.

I covered that event. It opened the tear valves. Forgiveness, redemption, and love have more power than anything humans encounter in this world, because love broke through.

Jesus broke through sin and death. Without death, no power on earth can stop love.

 

TobyMac sang, “When love broke thru, you found me in the darkness, wandering through the desert.” That’s where we all are without love, truth, and the power of God–wandering through life without hope. “A hopeless fool,” as TobyMac sung.

A rebellious son. A searching father. An act of violence. A moment of redemption. The power of prayer. These are real. Love broke through nearly 2,000 years ago, and in every human life, in every conflict, in every violent act of hate that mankind can perpetrate in darkness, love can break through today.

Even right now, because Love lives.

The War On Easter? Furor Erupts In The UK Over The “Cadbury Egg Hunt”

Every December we hear about the War on Christmas, and often those who complain about the secularization of the Christmas season have a legitimate beef. It’s often easy to see the forces at work trying to strip Christmas of anything remotely Christian.

But we don’t really hear that much about a War on Easter (and Passover, for that matter). After all, it seems as though the secularists would feel more threatened by the celebration of the resurrection of God’s Son.

To see the creeping War on Easter, look no further than our cousins across the pond. In the UK, this year’s National Trust Easter Egg Trail has a new name – The Cadbury Egg Hunt. Notice what word is missing? The Church of England did, and they’ve accused the National Trust and sponsor Cadbury of “airbrushing faith.

For their part, Cadbury has said, “We invite people from all faiths and none to enjoy our seasonal treats.” But the church isn’t letting them off the hook.

A spokesman for the Church of England said: “This marketing campaign…highlights the folly in airbrushing faith from Easter.”

It was also met with anger by the Archbishop of York, who said the decision to remove the word Easter from the egg hunt logo was tantamount to “spitting on the grave” of John Cadbury, the chocolate firm’s original founder.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “The Cadburys were Great Quaker industrialists. If people visited Birmingham today in the Cadbury World they will discover how Cadbury’s Christian faith influenced his industrial output.

Over at Christian Concern, Tim Dieppe told a radio interviewer, “We’re not having a public holiday to celebrate a brand. We’re having a public holiday to celebrate the most momentous event in history – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Both major parties of the British government have decried the National Trust and Cadbury’s decision. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May – the daughter of a vicar – said, “I think the stance they’ve taken is absolutely ridiculous, and I don’t know what they’re thinking about, frankly. Easter is a very important festival for millions of Christians across the world.”

Her Labour counterpart, Jeremy Corbyn, said, “It upsets me because I don’t see why Cadbury should take over the name, but that’s what it’s done. It’s this commercialization gone a bit too far.”

For what it’s worth, both May and Corbyn are members of the National Trust. Many other members of the National Trust have threatened to cancel their membership in light of the controversy:

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It’s nice to see Britons rising up against these politically correct word games that deny the religious origins of such an important holiday – especially in a nation that has grown less religious and more secular.

The National Trust has replied to Twitter complaints with a stock reply denying their downplaying of Easter, and they and Cadbury have snuck references to Easter into their secondary marketing. But is it all too little, too late?

DR Radio

DR Radio, March 23, 2016: Easter, Bombs and Cuba

This is where host Jay Friesen, the ever-insightful and good-looking Hadley Heath, the eminent and smartly dressed Dr. Brian Mattson sit around an old door-turned-table and intelligently engage with today’s critical cultural moments from a distinctly Christian perspective.

Politics is downstream from culture and on the front lines of culture, we have another great show for your today with a special emphasis on Easter! We’ll be talking about the Cuba, the President’s visit, the bombing in Brussels and as usual, Nerd vs. Nerd and a special game of wit: Name That Easter Song!

For show notes and to subscribe to the podcast, go here: http://deadreckoning.tv/drr32316

Resurrection Sunday: Easter 2014

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But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.

And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

Luke 24:1-12 (ESV)

Happy Easter to each and every one of you.

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The Most Important Week in Human History

There are many candidates for most important day and most important week in human history. This week we remember what is arguably the very top of the top of the list. As secularism increases in the western world, more and more are dismissive of the reality of Jesus Christ. Consequently, they may choose to dismiss the importance of this week. That’s narrow minded Christophobic thinking | Read More »

The Third Day: Easter 2011

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In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

Matthew 28:1-9

Happy Easter to each and every one of you.

The Third Day: Easter 2010

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In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

Matthew 28:1-9

Happy Easter to each and every one of you.

On the Third Day: The son rises in the east.

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

Matthew 28:1-9

Happy Easter to each and every one of you.