Dream word – FIGHT
“Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.’ And Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” NKJV
“The Big E” - her stars and His scars
Having rejected his Southern Baptist roots, the former decorated army flyer and WWII veteran, embarked on a screenwriting career in Las Vegas, the end of which was the creation of a vast cultural consciousness spanning several generations. After a tumultuous life, he became the first person to be buried in space, the genesis of his ideas and the birth place of a ship with the registry entry of NCC 1701, which has sailed into the minds of thousands of millions of Star Trek fans. I am of course talking about Gene Rodenberry’s constitutional class heavy cruiser, better known as The United States Star Ship, USS Enterprise.
“The Big E” was the Seventh US Navy ship to bear that name, and the Yorktown Class Carrier launched in 1936 would survive WWII and become the most highly decorated ship in the history of the American Navy, her crew earning her some twenty, distinct and bloody battle stars. Indeed, she was the most decorated ship of the whole of WWII and even received the most prestigious decoration her Majesty’s Royal Navy could offer in the form of the British Admiralty Pennant.
Our great Commander in Chief Himself, Jesus, Eternal King of Kings, (the real “Big E”) and Lord of Lords, occupies all these, His vast and varies all unbounded seas, surrounded by a trillion bright and shining stars and bearing those most precious of all scars, those wounds of winning, gained at the most crushing defeat of our great enemy at Calvary’s cross. Yes, our Jesus, bears the marks of His victory on His real and resurrected body.
It is my belief that there will be scars birthed on earth, which shall be borne in heaven. Scars which are grotesque in deformity here, turned in heaven, into bejewelled and emblazoned touchable tattoos. I believe that scars gained here in the wars of the Lord, are the only thing that shall be carried into heaven and they along with their bearers shall be remembered, honoured and most well loved.
Brethren, where then are the mighty men of the greater David today? Where are the Christians whose names shall sail with glory through the gates of Heaven into heaven’s victorious seas? Where are the men with battle scars?
This poverty ridden and most pitiable condition of ours cannot continue. In the West, darkness is making fast its plans, ready to rise up quickly against this sleepy church of ours, who like Jonah of old, sleeps in the bowels of the ship in the most vicious of rising storms. Trouble is coming and I am not glad for it but as an observer of the weather of time, I tell you tonight, that trouble is coming and it is more than we have ever seen thus far.
Who knows, maybe from our own, quickly coming Pearl Harbour, some ships of renown shall come to sail the seas once more, for I tell you, battle scars from the wars of the Lord, are the only things you shall take into heaven with you.
Listen: “Proclaim this among the nations: ‘Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men,Let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, 'I am strong.' Assemble and come, all you nations, and gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord. Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.Come, go down; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow - for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” - NKJV Joel 3:9-14
Pray: Heaven knows that getting scars only makes us who we are and no matter how much our heart is aching, there is always beauty in the breaking? Beauty in the breaking Lord and blessing in the making, of wounds and scars and battle stars strewn along our windswept pennant. Give us strength and courage Lord and we shall give You our glory, Yes, all glory to God in the Highest and praise to our great King who from the lips of angels makes sweet hosannas sing. Lord, the people of the Hebrews with palms before Thee went; Our prayer and praise and anthems before Thee we present. To Thee, before Thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise; to Thee, now high exalted, Our melody we raise. Thou didst accept their praises; accept the prayers we bring, who in all good delightest, Thou good and gracious King.
(Some words, adapted from the song “Broken”, by Lyndsey Horn and from Theodulph of Orleans, who praised God in prison and died in that same place of his praising.)
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