Thursday - January 16th, 2014 | Location: Seattle, WA
I made my way down into Georgetown late this afternoon to try and capture planes I’ve typically seen pass right above this Church around the corner from All-City Coffee. After waiting around and capturing the few shots here and finally deciding to leave (my fingers grew numb after about 30 mins), a larger jet flew overhead as I was in my car driving off, and it was the type I’d been waiting for the whole time!!!
That’s beside the point, but the glow of the cross on the church was ringing thoughts in my mind of the freedom in and through Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection to redeem mankind and how understanding his grace to us is liberating… this scripture passage came to mind written by the Apostle Paul (most scholars say it was written around 55 or 57 A.D.) a little over 20 years after Jesus’ death & resurrection, Paul writes in Romans 3:22-26:
"… 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus…”
Now, to those of you reading, that don’t believe in Jesus or any religion, or consider yourself spiritual for that matter, tolerate this for a moment if you will. Paul stated that it’s through God’s grace alone, freely given to us through faith in and by the redemption of Jesus, because all of us (no matter how ‘good’ we perceive ourselves to be,) still fall short of God’s glory, but the weight of sin isn’t on us, but Jesus, and faith in him by his grace given, brings freedom! The great intersection and redemption of Man back to God.
This will sound foreign to you outside of Christ, but I wanted to share for those of you on a soul search, spirit quest or just choosing to exist, that when you think of Jesus Christ, don’t let Christianity in the media’s view, or the broken people he came to redeem that have chosen in their own way to wear the title ‘Christian’ and are hypocritical in most actions, or one’s that parade hateful things and improper practice of what the Gospel of Jesus actually calls Christians to live out, dissuade you from a desire or personal curiosity to know more about this Jesus… instead, as you are free to make choices, ponder, research or reject… form your opinion and do so freely, but don’t let the faults of others make your decisions for you!
When I post, I freestyle write within the context of the images content! If you’ve read through this, thanks for your time and your patience with what I shared. Stay tuned…
Cam: Canon 5D MKIII Lens: Canon 28-70mm L-series.