Friday’s have been quiet here at Borrowed Light. Friday was when I had been spending a Year with John Newton. It was beneficial to me and I think a few people might have been following along. Even if you weren’t reading along, Newton is valuable enough to stand on his own and contribute week after week. But for a little over a month my pen—and the voice of Newton—has been silent on this blog.
Sadly, I just cannot keep up. Until I’m able to somehow get my bearings here I fear that blogging might be sporadic. And rather than just throw something together about Newton each Friday I think it’d be best to wait until I’m in a different season. And so, please accept my apologies but we’ll pick up, and Lord willing finish, our year with Newton at a later date. There is still so much treasure to uncover in the work of Newton.
I hope if nothing else our time with Newton has inspired you to read his works. You can do that without me and I hope you are.
“You’ll make it into the Promised Land. I’ll send an angel to ensure that it happens, but I’m not going to go”.
You’ve been striving for years to get into this blessed place. You’ve put all your eggs in this basket. Its everything you’ve been dreaming of. And now God says, “It’s all yours, but only one catch—I’m not going with you”.
Do you still go?
The King of kings and the Lord of lords. He came to redeem humanity. He came to be our king.
In John 6 they want to put a crown on his head.
He refuses. This crown won’t do.
They sing Hosanna! They hail him as the new King David! They want to put a crown on his head.
Not yet. This crown won’t do.
The Roman guards mock him. They spit on him. They twist together a tangled mess of jagged thorns and pierce his precious skull with this mockery of a crown.
This will do. This somehow is the Father’s crown. This is the one He’ll wear. Unsatisfied with the luster and pomp of the world’s crown—He wear with pride His Father’s crown of thorns.
Would I want to walk into a Promised Land without the Father’s presence?
Will only the Father’s crown do?
This is what we really mean when we cry out “only Jesus”.