‘bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus’

Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever….

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June 1st- Indonesia: Pray for Noviana Malewa, the only survivor of the beheading attack in 2005. Noviana recently returned to the killing site and talked about the day she and her fiends were  attacked. Pray that she will continue to grow in her faith and experience further emotional healing.

Noviana Malewa and three of her friends were walking on a school path on Oct 29, 2005, when they were assaulted by jihadists wielding machetes. Theresia Morangke 15, Alfita Poliwo 17, and Ida Yarni Sambue 15, were beheaded while Noviana Melawa suffered a massive slash that ran from her cheek to her neck.

It was not until January 17, 2007 that a confession was made concerning the murders. I ran this post in June ’07 A Gift To Celebrate Idul Fitri, that details the confession of  Lilik Purnomo, an Islamic extremist admitted to taking part in the killing of three Christian high school girls in Poso in 2005.

In Purnomo’s confession, he stated “a 24-year-old Islamic  extremist known by the single name of Hasanuddin last year admitted planning the murders as a “gift” to celebrate Idul Fitri, a festival marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The beheadings were also carried out to avenge the deaths of Muslims during inter-faith clashes in the eastern province of Central Sulawesi between 1998 and 2001, according to the defendants”.

I must admit that when I first read the confession of Lilik Purnomo, there was a spirit of anger in my mind against what at least I considered such a senseless act of aggression. Most reasonable people would not even commit such a violent act against a harmless animal, much less a young innocent group of girls.

All I could do was to weep in my heart for this young girl and for the families of all that were involved. We all understand what is like to be young and impressionable, especially in terms of outward appearance and the effects this can have on one’s emotions.

I am personally in the process of recovering from a spider bite, three to be exact, within a diameter of a 1/2 dollar right in the middle of my forehead. Through daily use of anti-biotic creams and saves, I am 17 days into the treatment, am I now only seeing the return to normalcy. The humor and jokes that have been apart of a daily jesting makes one realize that when we sport something visibly that is not normal, people do notice.

When you are a teenager the sensitivity is turned up a notch. A minor case of acne can set the teenager’s mind at unrest and with a feeling of embarrassment as they must face their peers with this seeming aesthetic imperfection. Now Noviana will get up everyday for the rest of her life knowing that she will bear with some degree this outward and visible sign of aggression.

When I first set out to consider this story, right after it happened, I was rationalizing in my own mind that this was an ‘inexplicable act against a group of innocent girls’. Having some years to consider deeper, and this time through the savor of God’s Spirit, it is quiet explainable. It was this same violent aggression that met our Lord. Innocent; yet He laid down His life for all of humanity. He who knew no sin became sin for us….. Every since He shed His own blood for His creation, we have seen this violent attack against His church, innocent believers the recipient of anti-Christian attacks.

My prayer for Noviana, is that she will realize that what she is bearing is not a gross nonconformity in her body, but a precious, visible testimony to a Lord, a Savior that bore in His body the pangs of death for all who will trust in Him.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 2 Corinthians 4: 7-12


1 Comment

  1. Jesus died for all of us.

    However, do we really understand what Jesus stood for?

    Take the Jesus Test at http://www.sentforlife.com/jesus.html and see if you know him.

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