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 One of my favorite TV shows was and still is, Star Trek.  Every episode began with this:

 Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

 Except I  do think that space is not the final frontier.  The final frontier is the heart, soul, mind and body of everyone of us. We can not traverse that frontier so well and following our devices and advices we get lost. “I did it my way” we sing and pay the piper, again and again. “with no direction home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone”.  That’s how man is without the Lord. Like a rolling stone, not built upon the cornerstone of His life.  We live in an age which has lost it’s direction and we seek directions with every talk show, expert, professional, guru and teleevangelist.    Only God can go where no mere man has gone before, that is Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfector of our faith.  “I am the way , the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Me”.  Indeed, Believe in God, believe also in Me because, “I am the Word made flesh.  I have come to take you home to be with now and in the life of the world to come.  I will lay down My life, in order to take it up again.  I am the way, the road.  Follow me. You have gone down cul de sacs and dead ends, tried shortcuts, other ways which lead nowhere, on a road to nowhere, highways to hell.  Thieves and robbers along the way trying to take your life, your faith, your hope and My love and forgiveness from you. The devil like a prowling lion seeking someone to devour, stand fast in the Way, I am the way. Follow Me, not your thoughts and feelings”.   We are called by the Lord Jesus to Himself, who as sheep go astray, everyone to his own way, and the chastisement that made us whole was laid upon Him. 

 “He’s the spittin’ image of his father.”  One of the first queries after a birth of a child is who does he look like?  He’s the spittin’ image of his father…that usually comes later.  But of Jesus Christ, it is true from the womb.  He is the spittin’ image of His Father. When the Magi saw the Infant lowly, they fell down and worshiped Him. What the eye saw, the Holy Spirit revealed.   Phillip, if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.  In Christ the fullness of the Godhead was pleased to dwell. Was it because the Lord looked like a movie star or model that He said what He did to Phillip?  One of my profs said that in answer to what did Jesus look like, we do not know from the Bible as there is no description of His looks.  This itself is important in our image obsessed image that declares image is everything, that is looks .  My prof said the go-to verse as to maybe what Jesus looked like is Isaiah 53:2

For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him
.

So image is more than looks.  As Jesus said to Phillip that believe on account of My words and My works.  Phillip had heard and seen them all. Image is not looks but who one is. Every word from His mouth, every work of His hand is to warn and guide, to heal and uplift, to afflict the comforted, and comfort the afflicted. Phillip, this is what the Father looks like, you have seen the Father, but you want more.  Wanting more than Jesus and faith is the perennial problem. Some spiritual experience, some seeing of God sitting on His lap in heaven maybe, some emotional high contrived by my kind of music, some sign, give me a sign.  Here’s your sign: My Cross. The spittin’ image of the Father was spat upon.  Here is what God looks like for us all:  bleeding, dying, for you.  It is finished He said upon the Cross, that is, salvation free and clear.

 Why was Stephen stoned to death?  He was falsely accused of blaspheming the Temple by stating that Jesus is the Temple of the Lord not made with human hands, for now the kingdom of God is open to all believers. The temple in Jerusalem was never meant to be a hitching post but a guide post. He was saying what Jesus said that no one can come to the Father except by Me.  This does not fly in the corridors of theological correctness back then or in these days.  Of course, no Christian would say that because the exclusivity of the love of God in Christ Jesus that we Christians are superior beings.  That’s putting the cart before the horse.  Jesus is saying that His love is exclusively for sinners to repent receiving the Lord’s free remission.   His mission is the world’s remission of sin.   His exclusive love, bled upon the Cross, is for us all exclusively, that is, people who don’t live up to God’s standards, His Law. 

 Dr. Robert George, professor at PrincetonUniversity and he is a devout Roman Catholic, a rarity in many a university.  Dr. George said recently in a speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, that we are now in a time of social persecution of the Church which actually stands for something..  He said that it is still possible to be “safe” or a “comfortable Catholic” today “if one in fact does not believe what the Church teaches, or, for now at least, even if one does believe those teachings but is prepared to be completely silent about them.”  The type of capitalism that was the warp and woof of our nation was laissez-faire capitalism, which means economics with little or no governmental interference, but when it comes to the Church “laissez-faire” is deadly;  that is, Christianity without any direction from the actual Bible, God’s actual and literal Word.   Dr. George’s pointed comments about  comfortable Catholics, seems to go for laissez-faire Lutherans, especially those are completely silent about saving truth in Jesus Christ in the Bible.   When asked to give a defense of the hope that is in them, demur. For in the literal Bible the Lord tells us His Word of Law, don’t and His Gospel, I have.  And both Law and Gospel are exclusive, excluding sin and including the sinner, forgiven, to love what the Lord has set His heart upon:   life from conception, marriage between man and woman, serving the neighbor in his need, not for my greed, speaking the truth in love, but not loving the neighbor without the truth. You can’t tell me how to live is the cry at the Church.  We’re not, really.  God is.  Your complaint is as old as Adam. But when someone asks for directions because they are lost, and I know the way, to say I don’t know the way, is wrong.   

 The Church is not mortar and brick, but the Lord’s creation redeemed from the depths, as, “… you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter).  The Church is mobile as she follows her Lord in a world that has lost direction home to tell people of the home, the Church on the frontier of the kingdom come. The library here, as many do, has a bookmobile.  This is a picture of the Lord’s Church:  The Book mobile, His Scriptures pointing us ever to Jesus.  And the signpost home is Jesus’ Cross, the signpost of freed travelers on the living way of His dying and rising, His home with us, in His vast House, day by day in prayer, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

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