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Be Careful How You View The Sun…And The Son!

The eclipse is coming August 21st. It is the first total eclipse viewable from the United States since 1979. It is an exciting time to see a rare phenomenon. But in order to safely view the eclipse, special glasses are needed. And that has given an opportunity to scammers.

According to the American Astronomical Society, glasses must meet international standards in order to be safe. Otherwise, as Mom always said, “don’t stare at the sun!” But fake glasses are flooding the markets, and they might cause serious harm to those who use them.

Just as some people take advantage of eclipse interest, there are false teachers selling fake “Jesus-viewing” glasses…

Of course, as a preacher, I’m always asking people to look at Jesus. But we must also be careful how we view the Son. Using the wrong lenses when looking at the Son of God could cause far more damage than how we look at God’s sun!

Fake “Jesus-viewing” lenses attempt to filter out the real Jesus. They ignore His “politically incorrect” teachings. They block out His claims of deity. They shade His miracles from sight.

But the real Jesus wants to be seen, just as He is. And, if we come to Jesus with innocence, an open heart, and an open mind, we can view Him clearly with the naked eye. No special lenses are needed.

Some people prefer “rose-colored” glasses that tint God the way they want to see Him. Some will wear blinders that reject the light. But there is only one way to safely view the Son – the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

Seeing Jesus through lenses of truth makes all the difference. “He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life” (1 John 5:12). And nothing can eclipse that Son!

Eclipse Rides the D line: “D” for Doggie

Eclipse rides the D lineEclipse likes to ride the D line bus. D for “dog.” Well, not really, but don’t tell her that. You see, Eclipse is a Labrador that commutes from her house to the dog park…by herself!

It all started when her owner, Jeff Young, was distracted at the bus stop, finishing a conversation. He realized that his dog had gotten on the bus without him! Now, two years later, Eclipse doesn’t wait on him at all. She regularly boards the bus on her own and gets off four stops later at the dog park, delighting Seattle passengers along the way.

What I like about this story is that the dog didn’t wait to get where she needed to go. Often times, Jeff Young will get calls from people saying things like, “’Hi. I have your dog Eclipse here on 3rd and Bell.” Young tells them, “She’s fine.’ She knows what she’s doing.”

She knows what she’s doing? Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that simple for humans? Animals have instincts, and animals learn behavioral patterns well. Eclipse knows: hop on bus, sit in seat, look for doggie park.

But what about us? Do you know where you need to go, and do you know how simple it is to get there?

In John 14, Jesus told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them, and they knew the way to get there. But the disciples weren’t so sure. In verse 5, Thomas asked Him, “How do we know the way?” Jesus reminded them that the way was simple: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (6). And they wanted to see the Father (8). So in verse 9, Jesus admonished: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”

In other words, Jesus had told them the way to salvation, He showed them the way, and He reminded them that they had seen it in Him several times. And yet, they still didn’t get it! It wasn’t until after His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension that it would be clear what He was trying to teach them: there is only one way to eternal life with God in Heaven – His Son Jesus, who was God in the flesh.

Eclipse delights passengers because it is a rare thing for a dog to get on a bus and ride to the dog park on her own. That is why it is a news story – it doesn’t happen very often. But as nice a story as it is, it is simply a dog wanting to go to the park…something every dog wants to do!

Sadly, it is a rare thing for people to follow the clear signs that lead to heaven. Something every person should want to do! Jesus told us it would be that way: “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

Are you looking for the way to heaven? “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).