Jars of Clay, What Would Han Solo Do?, 10-11 MAR – #381

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Jars of Clay, What Would Han Solo Do?, 10-11 MAR

I grew up in the Seventies, they were trying to prove Jesus existed by miracle potato chips that looked like HIM, finding the linens marked with HIS body from the tomb, HIS face imprinted after wiping a cloth while on the road with the cross…. Proof, those proofs are tough things to produce….  perhaps they are fake –  perhaps they exist and are secreted away (or lost like from the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, places in a government warehouse somewhere)… But honestly, does the existence of those items help others in their faith journeys? I don’t know… It’s really simply FAITH that is really needed NOT the items…

WELL, the proof that Jesus exists is right here in MY HEART… My heart grew so many sizes those crucial days while I was accepting Jesus (kinda like Dr. Seuss’ Grinch “whose heart grew three sizes that day”). That’s the ONLY proof I needed for Jesus’s existence… How my heart grew is a FACT I don’t have to prove to anyone, but now I do forever LIVE to tell about how JESUS IS ALIVE!

Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker – Star Wars…. Remember when they were caught in that trash compactor? Remember that creature from the depth that tried to eat them for dinner? Yup, PERFECT example of Jesus in action inside us… I will elaborate…

In 2nd Corinthians 4, Paul writes about his love of the Lord – “7 …we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

Paul’s details of his persecuted life reiterated the notion that we are jars of clay. We are clay that has been hard pressed due to the STRESS in our lives… But, if we keep the center cavity of our souls open then we are able to be BLESSED by being filled by the Spirit. Our heart grows by Jesus living in it. Jesus works to clean us out and to open us up that we may be filled with the SPIRIT.

The Beatitudes message: “BLESSED are the Poor in Spirit, for they shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven” – it does NOT mean poor in the pocketbook, it’s NOT EVEN downtrodden people with lost hope (my original assumption)… Instead it refers to people who empty themselves of SELF, and are filled with the SPIRIT… Blessed are the Poor in their own Spirit, for they shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.

In Star Wars, Han Solo had the muscles and Princess Leia had the brains (and muscles) to keep that trash compactor from crushing in… They put sticks across the inside to hold the walls at bay. They fought the evil monster which was trying to eat Luke Skywalker. Luke was their hope for the whole resistance movement against the Dark Side, they had to save him… Save HOPE… Eventually they connected with the droids who stopped the machine’s compression, they were at their wits end and called out and finally were heard.

BEAUTIFUL… Jesus is beautifully placed in your heart to do the same thing. Jesus’s whole resurrected self is there to be the prevention of that movement of the external pressures of life from crushing your heart. Jesus KNOWS your stress, He was given TO earth as a ransom for mankind, HE was given to witness and experience all the sacrifices and pain that you also experience, and then some… Jesus lived and lives eternally to prop your heart open. The death-rendering then life-giving cross is wedged in your heart like Han Solo’s sticks to prevent the world from closing in.   The death of human spirit becomes the life beginning for everlasting HOPE…

The jar of clay THAT IS YOU is being pressed and flattened by the stress of the outside world, but Jesus is there to keep you alive, working even harder to keep your inside soul open and filled. Jesus is also simultaneously fighting the crap cluttering your heart, making more room, and also Jesus trying to fight the monster that is Satan who is trying to steal and eat away (your Luke Skywalker) – to eat away YOUR HOPE.

Jesus gives DIRECTION. Jesus gives HOPE.

The proof of Jesus is in your heart, look for Him there…. Have resistance against the darkness… Save the HOPE… Compression of your jar of clay makes it a stronger vessel for holding life-giving hope THAT IS JESUS!

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2 Timothy 1:9 – He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

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PS – A BEAUTIFUL Celtic band, Iona, has a song co-incidentally (which means God placed it there) that came up in my YouTube feed while writing this piece…. it speaks to the EXACT same – asking Jesus to “Fill this empty heart of stone”  – “Make your home inside my heart” –  “Let me dance in the brightness of your throne”

“Inside My Heart (Ff)” – IONA YouTube
https://youtu.be/o79CDbN_L_A

Quietly You arrived
Never forcing me to choose
Bringing Your perfect light
Into this sunless room of mine

So make Your home inside my heart
Fill this empty house of stone
Make Your home inside my heart
Let me dance in the brightness of Your throne
Of Your throne

Looking through stained windows
I see a rose on the wall
Thorns that draw blood from Your face
I hear the agony of Your call to me

So make Your home inside my heart
Fill this empty house of stone
Make Your home inside my heart
Let me dance in the brightness of Your throne

In the stillness of moonlight
I am awakened by Your grace
And the love that glistens
In the tears on Your face for me

So make Your home inside my heart
Fill this empty house of stone
Make Your home inside my heart
Let me dance in the brightness
Let me dance in the brightness of Your throne
Of Your throne..

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