Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now but you shall understand hereafter.” You don’t get it, Peter, you don’t get My humiliation. You think this is too lowly for Me, you think this is too humble for Me, this is a task that is beneath Me, you haven’t seen anything, wait till you see Me arrested, wait till you see Me mocked and spit on and crowned and crucified. If you think this is low, you haven’t seen low.

 

 

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Peter betrays Jesus by denying Him three times

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Peter demands crucifixion upside down out of respect for Jesus being crucified right side up

 

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http://www.gty.org/resources/Print/Sermons/42-74

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But John 13, they had come to dinner in this upper room they had rented for the night to hold the Passover.  They were in Jerusalem, Jesus would be betrayed that night by Judas.  He would then be arrested and you know the rest.  But they were gathered for the supper and supper was a long event.  I mean, hours and hours and hours and hours and it was a drawn-out affair and you reclined, you sat on sort of a reclining couch so that your head was near somebody’s feet.  And in those days the roads were either muddy or dusty so feet were dirty.  And the common custom was that when you went into a house for a meal like this there was a servant who was the lowest servant of all servants who washed the feet.  The least desirable of all jobs.  But there wasn’t a servant, apparently, there.  It was a rented room and nobody was there to do that and so they were prepared for supper, there hadn’t been any foot washing which was very appropriate in that setting.  It hadn’t been done.  So Jesus Himself, verse 4, rose from supper, laid aside his outer garment, took a towel, wrapped it around Himself, poured water into a basin, began to wash the disciples feet and wiped them with a towel in which He was girded.

Now this is Jesus taking on the role of the lowest of the low of slaves.  He’s washing the dirty feet of these guys.  You know what they were doing, by the way?  If you compare the other accounts they were arguing about which of them was the greatest.  That’s right.  And in a time when they’re arguing about who is the greatest, nobody is going to become the servant and wash feet.  They’re all trying to convince each other that they should be elevated, not humiliated.  So in the midst of their self-pride and self-exaltation, Jesus does what none of them would do.  So He comes to Simon Peter, and you can imagine that it was pretty quiet until they got to Peter.  They were stunned by what He was doing, he said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?”  What do You think You’re doing?  This is again the brash and bold Peter.

Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now but you shall understand hereafter.”  You don’t get it, Peter, you don’t get My humiliation.  You think this is too lowly for Me, you think this is too humble for Me, this is a task that is beneath Me, you haven’t seen anything, wait till you see Me arrested, wait till you see Me mocked and spit on and crowned and crucified.  If you think this is low, you haven’t seen low.

You don’t yet understand the humiliation.

Peter said to Him, “I don’t know about that…in effect…never shall You wash my feet.”  This is…Peter is the master of the absolute statement, “I will NEVER deny You…I will die first…You’ll NEVER wash my feet.”  There’s no gray in Peter’s life, everything is absolutely black and absolutely white, not going to happen.

Jesus said to him, “Well, if I don’t wash you, you don’t have a part with Me.”  Jesus said, “If I don’t do this, our relationship is over.”

Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head.”  This again…there’s no middle ground with Peter.  He’s the first guy out and the first guy in…all out, all in…no gray.  “I want a relationship with You.”  He was showing him if you can’t accept My humiliation, if you can’t accept that I’m coming down as a servant all the way down, all the way down, all the way down, all the way…if you can’t accept that, we can’t have a relationship. And so He washed his feet.  And He said, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet but is completely clean and you’re clean but not all of you.”  He says…You know, this is sort of a spiritual symbol here.  You’ve taken your bath for the day, I’m just cleaning your feet so we can eat.  The same is true spiritually.  You’ve been washed, you’ve been converted, saved, but you need this daily foot washing that I’m going to give to you.

Now to show the application here, go to verse 34 and 35.  So Jesus washed all their feet, including Peter’s.  And He says this, in the meantime Judas has been revealed, Jesus has identified Judas, Judas has left, filled with Satan, gone out to betray Jesus.  Verse 34, Jesus says to the Twelve, now eleven, “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another even as I have loved you that you also love one another.”  What were they doing?  What were they arguing about?  Which of them was the greatest.  They were arguing about who was the best, who was the top.  Selfish, selfish, selfish.  He says, “Look, you’ve got to stop this and love each other, even as I have loved you that you also love one another.”

How had He loved them?  Washed their feet.  You love by going all the way down and humbling yourselves, sacrificing yourself to meet a need at the lowest level.  You’ve got to love each other, you can’t be fighting each other for prominence.  You have to love each other.  It’s hard for leaders to wash the feet of those who are perceivably below them.  But He said in verse 35, “If you do this people will know you’re my disciples, if you have this kind of love for one another.”

Did Peter learn to love?  He did.  In 1 Peter 4:8 he wrote, “And above all things have fervent love among yourselves for love covers a multitude of sins.”  Here he is commanding his readers to love each other fervently, ektenes in the Greek, stretched to the limit, love to the maximum of your capacity.  It’s not about emotions.  It’s not about feeling.  It’s not about being lovable.  Jesus was loving men who were unlovable, fleshly, selfish, and He loved them anyway.  And He’s saying that’s the way you need to love, to love those with dirty feet and go right down and clean them.  Peter learned that and he told the aliens when he wrote the letter, the believers in the Roman world, to love each other.

Another marvelous attribute that Peter needed to learn was compassion…compassion.  At the time of his denial, the Lord said to him, according to Luke 22:31 and 32, the Lord said, “You’re going to deny Me,” and all of this, but He said…He said it in interesting terms, as Luke records it, “Satan desires to have you that he may sift you like wheat.”  What’s going to happen is, you’re making all these claims and you’re faithful and you’ll die before you deny Me, well I’m telling you, you’ll deny Me, Satan will get a hold of you and he’ll shake you just like wheat is shaken to be purified to have the chaff blow away and the kernel fall to the bottom.  You’re going to get shaken.  But I’m going to let it happen…He says…so that you when you come out of that, Luke 22:32, can strengthen others…strengthen the brothers.

What was this about?  Well, leaders tend to be short on compassion, short on being comforters. They tend to be driven by the goals and driven by the objectives and driven through the process.  They don’t stop very long to care for the wounded as they go.  Peter needed to learn something.  The Lord could have said, “I’m not going to let Satan do this to you, Peter, you’re going to stay strong.”  But He didn’t, He said, “I’m going to let him do it, I’m going to let Satan shake you to the foundations of your life, sift you like wheat down to the nub.  I’m going to let him shake you until there’s nothing left but the reality of your faith.  Your faith will not fail.”  He said, “I promise you that because faith can’t fail, it’s a gift of God for eternity, saving faith, it won’t fail.  But I tell you, you’re going to be shaken down to the nub.”

Why?  “So that when it’s over you can strengthen the brethren.”  What does that mean?  “That means for the rest of your life you will have compassion on people who struggle, you’ll have compassion on people who think they’re stronger spiritually than they really are.  You’ll have compassion on people who struggle with temptation and fall into doubt and sin.”  Leaders need that.  They need to be compassionate, tender-hearted, gracious, kind, comforting to those who struggle with sin.  I hate to see self-righteous people brutalize somebody who falls into sin, as if they themselves had no sin.  Peter, you need to learn that even the best and the noblest can be crushed cause you’re going to be crushed.  This is going to give you compassion, a leader with compassion.

He learned it.  He learned it well.  First Peter 5, “Casting all your anxiety, or all your care, upon Him…verse 7…because He cares for you.”  He says your enemy, your adversary, verse 8, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  He says…I understand it, I’ve been there…been there, I’ve been consumed, as it were, by that prowling lion, I’ve been there and I can only tell you I understand that I’m just telling you that when you get there pass all your care on Him because He cares for you and resist that enemy firm in your faith.  And I know something else that after you’ve gone through this temptation, after you’ve gone through this failure, after you’ve gone through this struggle, after you’ve suffered through this, I’ll tell you what will happen, the Lord Himself, verse 10, will perfect, confirm and strengthen and establish you.

How does he know that?  He’s been there…been there.  This is a leader who understands human weakness.  This is a leader who has been to the bottom.  This is a leader whose weaknesses have been thrown in his face and he understands what men and women go through.  He’s like our good High Priest, he’s been touched with the feelings of our infirmities, he knows what it is to be human.

A spiritual leader like Peter had to be submissive, restrained, humble, loving, compassionate, and one more…courageous.  In the end you must have courage to be a spiritual leader because you’re going to have opposition, true?  The kingdom of darkness is set against the kingdom of light, lies are set against the truth, Satan is set against God, the demons are set against the holy purposes of Christ.  And so there’s going to be difficulty when you go…Jesus said to Peter, “When you go now and feed My sheep,” in John 21, “you go and shepherd My sheep and feed My lambs, I just want to tell you this, you’re going to die.  You’ve done what you’ve wanted, you put your own coat on, you went were you wanted but…in John 21 He says to him…you’re going to go and somebody is going to tie you up, take you where you don’t want to go and you’re going to die.  This is the death you’re going to die to glorify Me.”

The price of preaching will be death for you, Peter, martyrdom.  Promises him that, John 21.  So you’re going to have to have courage.

Well Peter hadn’t exhibited a lot of courage, had he?  He denies Jesus in front of various groups of people, no courage there.  But when you get in to the book of Acts, something different has happened seriously.  Acts 4, Peter and John come before the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling counsel.  The Sanhedrin says you’re not to speak at all or teach in the name of Jesus.  I think some of their grandchildren run the school system in America.  You’re not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus, it’s forbidden, Acts 4:18.  Peter said, along with John, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, you judge.  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”  Peter says it’s a very simple decision, you tell me, shall we obey you or God?  And he went ahead and preached.

In Acts 5, one chapter later, they were again brought before the Sanhedrin for not obeying their order to stop preaching.  And again they told them the same thing.  You’re not supposed to be doing this.  To which they replied, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”  Courage.  Spiritual leader has to have that kind of courage.  He’s not a compromiser, he doesn’t vacillate.  He’s characterized by courage.

These are the character components that were necessary to make Peter the man God wanted him to be, to turn him from Simon into Rock.  Peter learned submission, restraint, humility, love, compassion, and courage from the Lord Himself and from the work of the Holy Spirit in his heart.  And he did become a great leader.  He was the one who made the move to replace Judas with Matthias in Acts 1.  He was the spokesman of the church at Pentecost, as I told you last time.  He along with John healed a lame man.  He along with John, as I said, defied the Sanhedrin.  He dealt with the hypocrisy of Ananias and Sapphira in the church.  He dealt with the problem of Simon the magician, healed Aeneas, raised Dorcas from the dead, took the gospel to the Jews, took the gospel to the Gentiles, wrote the two marvelous epistles, 1 and 2 Peter, in which he repeated, as we’ve seen, the lessons that he had learned from the Lord about character.

What a man he was.  Perfect?  No.  Read Galatians 2.  You know what he did in Galatians 2, he did a terrible thing, he acted like a hypocrite.  I won’t tell you the whole story.  He acted hypocritically.  He was eating with the Gentiles, having a big time up in Antioch eating with the Gentiles and some Judaizers showed up, some of the circumcision.  And he stopped eating with the Gentiles to try to please the Judaizers.  And Paul says in Galatians, “I withstood him to the face.”  That’s wrong, Peter.  Peter was confronted by Paul himself.  What was interesting about that text in Galatians 2:11 to 13 is it says that when Peter did it, everybody else did it too because he’s a leader.  So crucial that leaders do what is right because they have followers.  He wasn’t perfect, but he responded to Paul’s correction.

We don’t know why he did that, whether he was trying to be inoffensive, which was novel for him.  But he wasn’t perfect and I’m glad that’s there in Galatians 2 because if from then on all we have is perfection, we can’t identify as well.

But how did it end for him?  Well unanimous tradition of the early church tells us that Peter was crucified as the Lord predicted he would be in John 21.  But according to Eusebius in ecclesiastical history, Eusebius wrote, the early church father, “Before Peter was crucified he was forced to watch the crucifixion of his beloved wife and he had to stand at the foot of her cross till she died.”  Eusebius writes that Peter stood at the foot of his wife’s cross and kept repeating to her, “Remember the Lord, remember the Lord, remember the Lord.”  After she died it is said that he pleaded to be crucified upside-down because he wasn’t worthy to die as his Lord had died.  And he was crucified upside-down because he wouldn’t deny the faith.

Peter’s life could be summed up in the last words of the last epistle he wrote, “Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”  And that’s what he did and he became rock, the great leader of the church.

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/my-wish-for-christian-keenan-1-corinthians-1510-filled-with-grace-within/

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Asking For Help

Mindfulness Benefits

Dreaming

Free Your Mind

Morning Mindfulness Practice

Emotional Health

Tibeten Buddhism

Meditation Tips

Christies In China

Uyuni Salt Flats

Life After Life Kate Atkinson

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When you know that a Christian is dead inside (e.g. needlessly suffering by being angry with the world),  then it’s time for Biblical Paul’s recitation on inner Grace – being regenerated, called, sanctified  —

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a new creation, baby!!   

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The heretofore unsearchable/unreachable solace of Christ

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Grace gives us the desire and the power from God to do His will  —

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to give life a chance, baby!!

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  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_grace#Christianity

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/i-ask-myself-to-make-it-to-tomorrow-for-life-to-start-anew-i-need-to-move-beyond-todays-loss/

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http://bible.cc/1_corinthians/15-10.htm

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Rhema (inner voice) [pronounced “ray-ma”]  & life application  –

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/thriving-learning-having-wisdom-are-about-getting-up-each-morning-with-intention-clarity-commitment-to-seek-nurture-connection-along-lifes-healthy-healing-path-of-inner-nouris/

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http://blog.chron.com/lutherant/2012/11/global-child-poverty-changing-the-story/

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When it comes to helping people in need, one of the stories that should spark our imagination remains Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan

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The aspect of the parable I would point out here is its personal nature [very specific]

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To demonstrate how (and to whom) we ought to show compassion

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Jesus does not speak in generalities. 

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He gives a specific situation,

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where one individual (the Samaritan) must make a decision about how

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to treat another specific individual (the Jew set upon by robbers). 

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Christian mercy is not about generalized theories,

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but about specifics.

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Since Jesus lived in an oral culture,

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scholars expect that short, memorable stories or phrases

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For example, “love your enemies.”   

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Seminar#Criteria_for_authenticity

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Turning common-sense ideas upside down, confounding the expectations of His audience:

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He/Jesus preached of “Heaven’s imperial rule” [traditionally translated as “Kingdom of God“]

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as being already present but unseen;

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He depicts God as a loving father;

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He squares shoulders with outsiders

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and criticizes insiders.  

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Christ evokes not simply an apocalyptic eschatology/end-time,

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but more critically a sapiential eschatology,

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which encourages all of God’s children to repair the world  NOW.

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Not just the Parables but the Beatitudes/etc. feature the

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dramatic presentation and reversal of expectations that are characteristic of Jesus.

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Based on several important narrative parables [such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan],

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scholars decided that irony, reversal, and frustration of expectations were characteristic of Christ’s style.  

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Does a pericope/concise passage illustrate opposites or impossibilities? 

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If it does, it’s more likely to be authentic.

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One-third of the Bible consists of Parables/Pericopes/aphorisms.

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The poor are accepted as constituting the primary recipients of the Good News and, therefore,

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as having an inherent capacity of understanding it better than anyone else.    

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-james-martin-sj/glenn-beck-vs-christ-the-_b_698359.html

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That’s pretty threatening for any comfortable Christian.

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For not only do we have to help the poor, not only do we have to advocate on their behalf, we also have to see them as understanding God better than we do!

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But that’s not a new idea:

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It goes back to Jesus.

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The poor, the sick and the outcast “got” Him better than the wealthy did.

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Perhaps because there was less standing between the poor and God.

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Less stuff [pride].

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Maybe that’s why Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew, “You will have treasure in heaven, and follow me.”

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See also Galatians 6:2  –  lovingly take on one another’s burden  — mutual help

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/sage-don-milam-his-powers-of-persuasion-were-honed-by-his-ability-to-see-beyond-the-ordinary-he-loved-the-story-method-of-getting-his-point-across-everyone-loves-a-good-story-and-jesus-could-tel/

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Sage Don Milam:   His powers of persuasion were honed by His ability to see beyond the ordinary. He loved the story method of getting His point across. Everyone loves a good story, and Jesus could tell a good story. He liked to end His stories with a twist that left the hearers walking away scratching their heads and thinking about them for many hours to come. The aphorisms and parables of Jesus function in a particular way: they are invitational forms of speech. Jesus used them to invite his hearers to see something they might not otherwise see. As evocative forms of speech, they tease the imagination into activity, suggest more than they say, and invite a transformation in perception. Drawing pictures from their own familiar world, He arrested their minds, captured their imaginations, and opened them ever so gently to the stirrings of the ancient language deep within them. Jesus liked to put His listeners in almost every story He told, and by the way, you and I were there as well—the least, the last, the little and the lost. These were the objects of His loving attention in those stories He told.

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/in-the-case-of-christ-we-have-a-unique-form-of-persuasion-it-is-like-what-happens-when-an-error-in-our-viewpoint-is-shown-to-us-and-our-mind-reassembles-around-the-truth-that-we-have-not-seen-but-i/

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In the case of Christ we have a unique form of persuasion. It is like what happens when an error in our viewpoint is shown to us, and our mind reassembles around the truth that we have not seen. But it is unlike this process in that the truth that takes us over is not a correct proposition but a person. (Sebastian Moore)   — sage Don Milam

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/jesus-violated-every-conceivable-tradition-when-it-came-to-his-associations-with-the-marginalized-of-jewish-society-he-infuriated-the-pharisees-with-every-compassionate-touch-the-qumran-community-of/

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Jesus violated every conceivable tradition when it came to His associations with the marginalized of Jewish society. He infuriated the Pharisees with every compassionate touch. The Qumran community of the Essenes had an unconditional law: “No madman, or lunatic, or simpleton, or fool, no blind man, or maimed, or lame, or deaf man, and no minor shall enter the community. “Jesus came to shatter these man-made laws with the vengeance of Heaven. It was these very rejected ones whom He had come to save. To the Pharisees He declared, ‘But go and learn what this means, “I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,” for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ The Pharisees surrounded themselves with the rich, the wise, the educated, and the elite of society. Jesus, conversely, surrounded Himself with the poor, the uneducated, the rejected, and the outcasts of society.”   — sage Don Milam

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhema#Modern_usage 

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Rhema is the revealed word of God (revelation received from the Holy Spirit) when the Word/Logos is read, as an

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application/utterance/”unction”/anointment from God to the heart of the reader via the Holy Spirit, as in John 14:26    

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Again, application of Scripture to this world.

“… the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

In this usage Rhema refers to “a word that is spoken,” when the Holy Spirit delivers a message to the heart as in Romans 10:17:

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. (rhematos Christou)”

and in the Matthew 4:4:

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word (rhema) that comes from the mouth of God”.

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Remarkable that one’s experiences span a century or more, if one is lucky enough to live into old age.       My uncle Masaaki 1903-1970 was 50 years older than me.    My grandson Silas is 50 years younger than me.    Uncle Masaaki is a century older than Silas.     My life experiences span a century between Uncle Masaaki and my grandson Silas.    Gatz!    Defy Father Time??

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Of course, one can stretch even longer life’s time span   –   my grandma [Uncle Masaaki’s & my dad’s mama] Tome was 70 years older than me.     I’m just short of age 60, so my lifeblood youngest progeny is my youngest grandchild, my granddaughter Maya, who is 59 years younger than me.     Not equidistant, but 130 years separate my grandma Tome from my granddaughter Maya.     

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Actor William Demarest 1892-1983 was 60 years older than me, thus meeting the equidistance measure, with my granddaughter Maya being 60 years younger than me — the total span being 120 years from William Demarest [or my uncle Bill Cappy Chun, also born in Demarest’s time] to my granddaughter Maya.      Here is prolific vaudeville/longtime character actor Demarest  –

William Demarest Picture

William Demarest(1892–1983)


Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, William Demarest was a prolific actor in movies and TV, making more than 140 films. Demarest started his acting career in vaudeville and made his way to Broadway. His most famous role was in My Three Sons, replacing a very sick William Frawley. Demarest was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting role in the real-life biography…See full bio »

Died:

December 28,     1983         (age 91) in        Palm Springs, California, USA

Still of Humphrey Bogart and William Demarest in All Through the NightStill of Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre and William Demarest in All Through the Night
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Of course, this year’s 60th year Diamond Jubilee with majestic Queen Elizabeth had the most amazing aerial displays    –
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but let’s also  remember lusty [yes, con todo mi alma y corazon] Victoria‘s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 [my grandparents were hormonal teens bent on pioneering East to the Hawaiian islands of silk & honey][Victoria is current Queen Elizabeth’s great great grandmother][our greatest modern Hawaiian statesperson Pi’ehu Iaukea 1855-1940 pilgrimaged to England for this tremendous occasion — Pi’ehu was preceded in great diplomacy & leadership by Kamehameha III Kauikeaouli 1813-1854]

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Thence, my immigrant grandparents’ odyssey East transcended both Victoria’s & current Queen Elizabeth’s reigns –   my ojisans/obasans [tutus] experienced both divine queens in all their soulful reigns   – 115 years  [Victoria in 1897 & Elizabeth’s 2012 jubilee] spanning 3 centuries [1800s to 2000s]!!!    Wow!!

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I was 20 when my daughter was born, 40 when my oldest grandchild/mo’opuna kane was born, 50 when my middle grandson was born [among 5 grandchildren, 3 boys, 2 girls], and nearly 60 when my youngest grandchild/mo’opuna wahine was born.    

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My parents whom I worship and miss dearly were 40 years older than me.    My mature parents were tutus/grandparents to me in age chronology, & I am blessed by their mature wisdom/magnanimity & composure/equanimity.  

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My parents died 15 years ago 4 months apart [coincidence  — Mom died of a stroke/Dad died 4 months later from cancer].

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I felt like a grandchild blessed with the most loving & supportive tutus/grandparents in the world, though when I was a barefoot plantation toddler here in Wainaku [Ha’aheo Elem. School atop Kamehameha the Great’s most beautiful pu’u/hilltop]  — I felt terribly embarassed that my parents were fuddy-duddy oldsters vs. my village kid peers’ parents, and that my mom worked, so that I never came home to a homemaker mom who had cookies laid out for me on the kitchen table in our old plantation mill camp.    

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When my parents died 15 years ago, I suddenly crossed over to be a tutu/grandparent to my burgeoning mo’opuna/grandkids.     My grandparents 70 years older than me had died by the time I was born.

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I don’t remember being a child [in a most blessed sense], but undeniably I was blessed/gifted [of the spirits?  Cor./Romans/Ephesians/Peter/etc.] as a grandchild would be, with my dearest parents who were like grandparents to me in wisdom/countenance.    

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Nor do I remember being a parent [my daughter who is approaching middle age at 40  — laughingly tells me that I was a lousy party animal parent but above all else  — I loved my daughter more than anything/anyone in the whole wide world  — and this is the only thing which counted for my daughter, which is/means everything to her!!].    

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But now here I am as a grandparent [by default  — ha ha  ha — still a party animal], and wow, time flies, baby! !!

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And now I am by default/pied piper via hedonism/elan tutu again to 2 dearest “hanai”/emotional attachment — mo’opuna  — Colton age 27 & Jill age 22, grandkids to me in age chronology!   I ask Colton how may I be of service to him/Jill, & Colton shoots back, “Don’t!   Just be you!”    Gatz!   Who am I????   [ha ha    ;-)    ]   

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Foggy bottom, baby   — is my head — spinning like a top???!!    Ha ha!   Dig my hero George Harrison’s video   –   [40 years from age 20 to 60 for me  — go by in the blink of an eye!!][Maui resident Harrison died of cancer at age 58 after 9/11 & a year after this You Tube video was produced] 

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Yes, I hope to make it to age 80 & still feel like a passionate teenager in love!!   Ha ha ha!!        Enjoy [the treats below], baby!!!

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Age is a   figment of our imagination    — our core being is   ageless!       –

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See especially timeclock 4:19 to 5:05 of youtube below about Harrison’s opinion on aging as soulfully deepest youth enjoyed  –

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uVnKjv4fK0&feature=related

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/writing-and-eventually-dying-a-good-death-expressing-sharing-love-to-the-end/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/i-write-to-live-authentically-having-been-is-the-surest-kind-of-being-per-great-sage-viktor-frankl/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/all-those-moments-of-life-will-be-lost-in-time-like-tears-in-the-rain-time-to-for-me-time-to-deal-with-myself-alone/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/sharing-grief-puts-a-healing-distance-between-us-and-the-pain-this-is-why-storytelling-matters/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/ambivalence-killed-jesus-the-people-waved-palm-branches-on-sunday-singing-hosanna-hey-come-friday-they-shouted-to-free-barabbas-same-crowd-when-you-stand-too-close-to-beautiful/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/acknowledging-ambivalence-is-best-way-to-cope-sage-steven-kalas/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/i-will-die-a-good-death/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/because-in-the-end-great-journeys-of-integrity-are-walked-alone-sage-steven-kalas/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/does-your-life-have-purpose/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/randy-pausch-steven-kalas-living-meaningfully/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/harriet-beecher-stowes-prophetic-engine-sage-joan-d-hedrick/

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