80s Christian Metal Blessings!
I’m stoked to share my favorite DOWN & DIRTY Jesus story with you today!
It’s found in John 9:1-6. Check this out… In verses 1-3 Jesus passes a man who had been blind since birth. His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’
His disciples didn’t quite understand that SIN brought BROKENNESS into the whole world system (even creation is cursed by sin (Romans 8:20ff)--to the degrees that BAD things happen even to GOOD people--Billy Graham didn’t get Parkinson’s disease because he sinned. He got it because he lived in this broken, sin-cursed world.
Anyway---on with the story….
Jesus answered his disciples, saying, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him…”
I.e. “God’s about ready to do something awesome!”
John 9:6-7 (NIV) “After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva
This is how I KNOW Jesus wasn’t married 😊 My wife would NEVER let me do this!
...and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 ‘Go,’ he told him, ‘wash in the Pool of Siloam’… So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.”
Isn’t that a super cool story!?
Here’s the BIG IDEA: “Jesus can use ANYTHING, even plain old dirt, to open our eyes to what He has for us.”
In the Old Testament, God used a ROCK to provide water for Israel in the dessert.
Dude---there were nearly 3 MILLION ISRAELITES --- PLUS their livestock! The averages human requires about one gallon of water per day… you do the math. That’s a lot of water to get from a rock!
When God called Moses to be the deliverer of Israel, He did it through a BUSH!
When God delivered Jericho (a massively fortified city) into Israel’s hands--do you remember the battle plan He gave them? He told them to walk around the city! -- They were to all around Jericho once each day for six days, then on the seventh day they were to walk around the city seven times and then shout!
DUDE--God used a stroll and a shout to defeat a city!
One year in a community in the hills of southern Virginia, on a Sunday morning, there was a bad ice-storm. All of the churches canceled services except one. This one Pastor had invited a very special guest speaker--and He just couldn’t cancel. So they put the word out and told people to use their own discretion and be safe, but they were going to have services. Very few people attended, but the service was still great! At the end, the pastor stood up and share about a vision God had laid on his heart to plant a new church in a community in the next county over. Everything was in place, except for a venue for the church to meet in.
After the service, an elderly gentleman approached the pastor and said, “My name is such and such. I’m pastor at the such and such church in the next county over. I’m close to retirement and we’re planning on selling our building!” Long story short, he made him an amazing offer and GOD USED AN ICE STORM to connect two preachers and broker a deal to launch a new congregation!
God used a DIO concert to get my attention and call me out of darkness and into His grace! It was 1986, Ronnie James Dio brought His “Last In Line Tour” to Indianapolis. I was really enjoying the concert when they broke into the song “Heaven And Hell” (a Black Sabbath classic). In the middle of the song, the band broke things down and did this little bass/drum groove thing and Dio started telling a story over it. It was a story about GOOD (represented by a white ship) & EVIL (represented by a black ship) and how both were speaking to Him, trying to pull Him in their direction. At one point, as Dio spoke about the white ship, the lights grew white and the music became celestial and heavenly sounding. Dio said, “The little white ship said to me, ‘Come with me cause I know just what to do.’ But I said, (as the vibe of the lighting and music turned dark and evil) ‘GO AWAY! I’M GONNA BURN IN HELL WITH ALL OF YOU & YOU & YOU’ (As He pointed at each section of the arena) and the crowd erupted with wild cheering!
Everyone, but ME.
I WAS STUNNED.
All I could mutter was, “Unt-uh… not me dude.”
It was a jarring, eye-opening experience.
I didn’t surrender to Jesus as Lord right then and there, but that moment definitely set the wheels in motion. Within the year I was on my knees, giving my whole heart to Jesus!
There’s so much to be said about this… but for the sake of time… let’s just cut to the chase. In 1 Corinthians 1:18a, the Apostle Paul wrote, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing…”
Many n our world who do not know or follow Jesus view faith in Him as a fairy-tale, a crutch for weak people. A narrow-minded feeble religion for losers. I.e. Just like Paul said, “They see the message of the cross as foolishness.
But then---look what he also went on to say in the next line…
1 Corinthians 1:18b “…but to us who are being saved”
...to those who know God can use ANYTHING---to get our attention.... He can us spit & dirt to restore our sight… an Ice storm to grow His Church... a rock to provide water for His people in the desert... or a rock Concert to call a preacher! And if He can do that, He can certainly use His Son’s precious perfect, sinless blood willing and sacrificially poured out on a cross to purchase forgiveness for you & me!
...to those who believe and are being saved... the message of the cross “is the power of God.”
Which camp are you in today?
80s Christian Metal Blessings!