Thursday, February 22, 2007
"Charles Wesley gave us that lovely children’s hymn:Gentle Jesus, meek and mild. Look upon the little child.
Some people never get past "gentle Jesus." But Jesus is associated with fire. The next time He comes, says 2 Thes. 1:7, He’s coming with flaming angels—thousands of them! Here He is saying to these disciples, "I am come to send fire on the earth..." (Luke 12:49)
Again, the symbol of the church is fire. I was preaching last Sunday night in a big church with a big cross for Jesus and one for the thieves. I reminded them: "That's pagan; that's not Christian; that's cruel. The cross is no symbol of Christianity. The symbol of Christianity is the tongue of fire that sat on the head of each of them."Our God is a consuming fire."
- Leonard Ravenhill