A Lesson About Faith: Viral Video of Dad Screaming on Amusement Park Ride While Daughter Loves It

“”Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  –  Matthew 18:3

A child has faith to go where an adult will not.

(Source:  Viral Video of Dad Screaming on Amusement Park Ride While Daughter Loves It | Video | TheBlaze.com.)   [Editorial note as of November 2016: There is a problem with accessing articles at The Blaze which I have not been able to debug.  Therefore, I’ve had to disable this link.  Sorry.]

What Is the Answer to the Riddle of Matthew 22?

What is the answer to the riddle Jesus presented to the Pharisees in Matthew 22:41-46?

Resurrection.

The paradox, of course, was in David calling his son “lord.”  (A son in the Ancient Near East might call his father “sir” or “lord,” but a father would never call his son “sir” or “lord.”  Even in our day, it still goes without saying that the father is the authority figure.)  The solution to the riddle was that messiah would be raised from the dead, which meant, of course, that the messiah had to die in order to become lord.  That is, Jesus was the son of David according to the flesh and the son of God according to the spirit (through the resurrection – Psalm 2:7 cf. Acts 13:33).  Thus Jesus could be a son to David in the flesh, but a lord to him in the spirit.  Paul recites this riddle solution in Romans 1:3-4 and it is echoed in 2 Timothy 2:8.  This formulation was probably a common confession of the early church, stemming likely from the interaction we see recorded in Matthew 22.

Like all good riddles, it is utterly enigmatic unless one knows the solution, and then completely obvious once one knows it.  Not only is the answer obvious once revealed, it is the only possible explanation.  All other answers are ruled out.  Thus the centrality of Christ’s resurrection to the gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:16-19).

We can also see resurrection as the answer to the riddle of Psalm 118:22.  Before Christ’s passion, that verse would have been a real brain buster:  “How can a rejected stone be accepted as the corner stone of a building?”  Of course, we today can look back and see the answer: the messiah was rejected by men but accepted by God.

The riddles of Samson are thus not merely a sidelight in scripture, but a foreshadowing of the way so much of messianic prophecy worked.  In biblical terms these are “mysteries” that are “revealed.”  But it’s not wrong for us to also say that they are riddles that are solved.

(These thoughts first appeared in a comment exchange on Andrew Perriman’s P.OST blog.)

“For Greater Glory”: A movie review by Fr. Barron (SPOILERS) – YouTube

This video is worth watching even if you don’t care at all about the movie that it is reviewing.  Father Robert Barron does a wonderful job of proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.  It is so wonderful to hear Christ extolled and His kingdom proclaimed.  Let us serve Christ with all the love and devotion we can muster.

“For Greater Glory”: A movie review by Fr. Barron (SPOILERS) – YouTube (10:13).

Was the Eternal Purpose of God to Move Worship Services from Saturday to Sunday?

Could it be that the eternal purpose of God was to move synogogue services from Saturday to Sunday, flip the leadership from Jewish to Gentile hands, and change the name from synagogue to church?  What more can modern Christianity reasonably claim for itself?

The eternal purpose of God is found in Christ and the church is too busy focusing on itself to find Christ, much less the eternal purpose of God to be found in Him.

“It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”  Colossians 3:24

(This first appeared as a comment on Andrew Perriman’s P.OST blog.)

Just Because Jesus Was Not Explicitly Proclaimed as God in the New Testament Does Not Mean That He Is Not God

Just because Jesus was not explicitly proclaimed as God in the New Testament does not mean that He is not God.  Recall that Jesus was not explicitly proclaimed by His disciples as Messiah during the days of His flesh – but this does not mean that He was not the Messiah.  There is a time for something to be hidden and a time for it to be revealed.

Nevertheless, even though Christ is God, it does not mean that the trinity concept is true, for it is not.  Nor is modalism.  The truth is more simple and scriptural than either.

One key to understanding Jesus’ divine identity is to go back to His interaction with the Pharisees in Matthew 22:41-46.  As there was a riddle to be solved with regard to Jesus’ messianic identity, so there is a riddle to be solved with regard to Jesus’ divine identity.  That is, if the Shema says the Lord is one, how can there be two Lords?”  We miss it because we live in a monotheistic world while the biblical age was polytheistic.  Obey Christ and you will come to see it.  Only give lip service to Christ and you won’t.

Whether you believe Jesus was divine or human, however, is secondary to our commitment to trust and obey Him.  There really should be no difference between the behavior of a trinitarian and a unitarian as long as each is genuinely devoted to Jesus Christ.  How could there be?

(This first appeared as a comment on Andrew Perriman’s P.OST blog.)

To learn more about Christ versus the Trinity, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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