The word is : Ah CHA PING! - ( it is said with great enthusiasm). Recently, Larry Hunt, the youth minister of Cornerstone Church in Chatham Virginia posted a group on facebook entitled : AHA!
(a reference to express satisfaction, of Gods truth or surprise.)
Reading Larry's post made me think... Did I have a "Aha! moment" in God's word? Have I received a new perspective ?
Ah Cha Ping! I had!
Yesterday, my family met with Moberly Church of Christ, in Moberly Missouri. The group of Christian's gather in one of the instruction halls of Central Christian College of the Bible where my son and daughter attend. The church observes the same practices as the early church in the New Testament (Acts 2:42). One of the patterns of the New Testament church was the weekly participation of The Lords Supper. Usually a church family is led to reflect on the history of the observation by the reading 1 Corinthians 11 where Paul shared the particulars of the last supper and the command of Jesus to " do this in remembrance of " Him when we gather.
As we waited for the bread and cup to be passed, one of the men read a passage out of Matthew 27. Jesus was before Pilate as Pilate asked the crowd " What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ? - they crowd answered " Crucify him!" ... .
I continued reading in silence.....
And Pilate said, “Why, what evil has He done?” .....But they kept shouting all the more, saying, Crucify Him!” When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.” And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!”....
Ah Cha Ping! I said in my heart!
What was it that hit me so hard?
The prior week I was on campus to speak in Chapel, and share instruction in a few classes ( Hermeneutics and Through the Bible). In the classes I had shared Mercy Partners approach to sharing the Good News of Jesus by reminding the South Sudanese of their spiritual heritage found in the Bible. We can understand God's promise when we view ourselves through the lens of history. For the Sudanese the land is historically Kush, .. which makes them Kushite. I go on to teach the history of God's agreement with the Children of Abraham and roll out the promise of God's grace in the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ ending with discussion of covenants closing with Acts 2:38ff . The Jews were cut in the heart and asked " What must we do to be saved?" and Peter answered Repent and be Baptized, everyone of you, for the forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit. ....... then he goes on to say.... this promise is for you... for your children ...... and for those that are "far off! " I share the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham to bless all nations, in particular "far off ".... to a Jew... would be Africa! -
Now contrast “His blood shall be on us and on our children!” in Matthew 27, with " this promise is for you and for your children" in Acts 2 ... Get it? Ah Cha Ping!
Peter, the very same disciple that denied Jesus three times, the same Peter that Jesus said" I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." The very disciple that experienced the full impact of grace is NOW dumping out heaps of understanding about grace with the same language that was used for contempt .
In other words.. emotional Pete's plea is :
You who Crucified Christ, who asked for His blood to be on you and your children, will certainly have the His BLOOD on YOU ! - But not the way you think, the same blood that condemns you of the JUDGEMENT OF MURDER , now liberates you by the GRACE OF HIS SACRIFICE ! "
Peter shoves God's compassion down the throats of the believers on the occasion when the promise of the forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit takes place ... at Baptism. -
and all the people say... "Ah Cha Ping! " as we come to a deeper understanding of His marvelous mercy.
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