Approaching Gethsemane

. . the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. . .” –Revelation 13:8 When He walked,The shadow He castWas thatOf a blood-drenchedLamb(c) 2000 Latayne C. Scott The prophet Isaiah made it plain that it wouldn’t be the appearance of the Messiah that would draw people to Him. There would be something else–a quality that couldn’t be captured in a portrait or a description. Even the disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection didn’t recognize what was special about Him at the time, just that He’d had a tangible effect on them. How fortunate we are that it wasn’t Jesus’ looks or even His “charisma” that drew people to Him, for those things no longer are here with us on...

The Fellowship of Dashed Dreams

As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. –Luke 9:51 I set now my faceResolutely toward this, my JerusalemThat fills me with fascination;The Gethsemane that prostrates me with fear.What awaits me, I do not know.Even now, the inward mockings start, and the scouring of mySoul has begun. There is no longer an end in sight, andEven the anointings and feastsTo come cannot compensate forThe scalding spectre I so dread:The cup stands before me, brimming–Must I drink fromThe sullen unrelieved crucifixionOf my only dream?(c) 2000 Latayne C. Scott Many times our fondest dreams are dashed, and are lost beyond recovery. Jesus must have felt that way when He acknowledged that His ministry was coming to an end,...

Lent and Communion

Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought o examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. –I Corinthians 11:27-28 We rub our souls rawWith the sackcloth of remembered sinAnd toss the ashes of burnedMemories into the airWhere they mat in our hairAnd crust our eyelids (How lovely that fountainWhere the sparkling waterWashes awayEven the remembrance of things passedTransforming them intoThings forgiven)(c) 2000 Latayne C. Scott In spite of all the “feel good” philosophies that recent church growth experts have said are necessary for people to benefit from worship, the basic “needs” of a...

On Unity

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” –John 17:20-21 I in them (He prayed)And Thou in MeThat they may be perfected as one My JesusYou have beenThe answer to my every prayerMay I beThe answerTo Yours?(c) 2000 Latayne C. Scott Jesus came to this earth with very few requirements. His birth was humble, his parents simple people. He never owned a home. At the time of His death He only had one change of clothes. People were always helping Him out–with food, with a bed, even with carrying His cross and providing a loaned tomb. Only...

Lenten Thoughts

During this time of contemplating the sufferings of Christ during His last days, let us turn our attention once again to the touchpoint it provides for us, two thousand years later, as we partake of the emblems of His death. Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him. –Mark 14:65 The room swelled as if filled with something fermenting;The walls wanted to bulge and burst– My GodThey beat that body (bread-white as it was,Holy, and light)With biting stings of ropesThey beat that soulWith mocks and witty barbs,And logic, and irrefutable facts.They led that body awayAnd there on the stained floor, left behindWere the blood-drops of his...