Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Maze

Ryan and I, along with one of our favorite college students, recently went to see an illusionist-Jim Munroe. His program is called The Maze-a combo of mystery, art, deception, and unbelievable "magic" stunts to reveal truth. It was incredible! Jim's overall message really got down to the nitty gritty of how we can be deceived in today's world of relative truth and what we are believing might just be a deception...

It turns out that 59 students on the Auraria Campus made decisions for Christ and decided to believe truth that night! Insane!!

His story is pretty incredible. He has devoted his life to deceiving people in these shows and he does an amazing job too. But less than 2 years ago he was diagnosed with Leukemia of the blood WITH. NO. CURE. Isn't it ironic that his career of deception essentially was what his body was doing to him? Cancer is just your body being deceived into believing that these invading cells are the real deal. Crazy huh? He underwent a bone marrow transplant by a willing 19-year-old donor (Did I mention she was just ONE in 9 million that matched his DNA closely enough???). He was quarantined for 40 days as they wiped out his immune system and prepared to undergo the procedure. The doctors started the transplant procedure on his birthday April 20 and 3 days later he had been given life with new blood.

Ok. If that isn't a picture of Christ I don't know what is!! 40 days of solitude...3 days to be raised to new life. What an incredible parallel of the gospel. It is only Jesus' blood that can give us new life when we turn and trust Him with everything.

He's a cancer-free man praise God!

This is just a crazy incredible story of God revealing Himself in amazing ways-breaking through deception and revealing the truth about Himself. We are so quick to believe that a man like Jim Munroe could really be doing magic tricks on stage. Our minds convince ourselves it's real! isn't. So what else is deceiving us? How else is God pointing out truth to us, that some of the things we believe about Him, about ourselves, about religion...may not be the whole truth?

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Psalm 145:18

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