I couldn’t believe my eyes. Had this really happened? As I walked through the corridors, my heart and soul began to get heavier and heavier with grief and unbelief. Just when I thought the worst was over we turned the corner and more stories of horror awaited. I cannot express the profundity of hearing the voices and seeing the faces of those affected. Visiting the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C. is one of the most emotionally evocative experiences I have ever had.

While I had read it in the textbook of history classes throughout middle and high school there was something distinct about seeing and hearing the story of the Holocaust from those who experienced it firsthand. But what struck me in the deepest way were the images of emaciated men, women, and children who lived in this hell on earth. The way their bodies were a mere skeletal reflection of what they once were. It was anything but a picture of health, life, or vibrancy.

…if the doctrinal “skeleton” is the only thing or even the main thing people can see when they look at our faith, it means either our faith is malnourished and sick, or it is dead.

Scott Sauls

This experience and the images I can recall paint a vivid picture I think we can learn from regarding the Christian faith. Just like in the natural realm, a skeletal-like figure screams to us that something is wrong, missing, or worse. Scott Sauls uses the image of a skeleton to remind us of “The Scariest Thing Jesus Ever Said” and how that should call us to more health, vibrancy, and life. As I read it, I prayed my spiritual life is expressed in a much more full-bodied way than a skeletal frame.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the article. Are you scared by what Jesus said? If so, why? If not, why not? Just like the Holocaust museum caused a deep reflection for me on the value and frailty of human life, I pray this article causes you to reflect on not just your skeletal faith, but the health, vibrancy, and life of your walk with Jesus.

As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Until Next Time…

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