A Glimpse of a Greater Guardian

I was stirred watching this video of Canadian House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers making his way into the main Parliament building today after yesterday stopping the gunman who killed a Canadian soldier. Vickers’ actions were dutiful and truly heroic. And the House of Commons response was right and honorable. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s 3 minutes well-spent.

 

As I watched and appreciated this man’s courage and skill I was also reminded of this passage:

…the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

 

“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

 

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,

 

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”

 

And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

 

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

 

And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped. (Revelation 5:8-14 ESV)

The actions of Kevin Vickers and many others who put themselves on the line to protect others resonate deeply because they give us a glimpse of a greater Guardian. And just as we rightly honor these actions today, there will be a day when the Lamb will receive the full reward of his suffering.

A Name Changer

The video below provides a wonderful earthly picture of a grand cosmic reality:

God the Spirit through the Apostle Paul:
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
(Galatians 4:4-7 ESV)

J.I. Packer:
“If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.

For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new, and better than the Old, everything that is distinctively Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God. “Father” is the Christian name for God. Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption.”
(Knowing God, 201-202)

Also, check out David Murray’s excellent commentary on this video.

Excellence of “The Ridge”

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 ESV)

There are some folks whose talent in something transcends interest in that activity.  I’ve always enjoyed the possibilities of a bike (bmx, mountain or otherwise) but Danny MacAskill is one of those people whose ability can be appreciated even if you disagree that Rad is one of the most under-appreciated films of our time.  His newest video, The Ridge, filmed in the Isle of Skye in Scotland along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline, is breathtaking.  Between the skill of MacAskill and his crew and the scenery, I find the entire thing lovely, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise.  Fittingly then we can think about this thing that points us to the One who created MacAskill, his crew and the scenery.

 

And yes, what happens at 6:10 is as ridiculous as you thought it was.