Sunday, April 20, 2014

When Will They Ever Learn?

A word of encouragement for those who have no place to gather today to celebrate the Resurrection of the LORD some 2,000 years ago:

"Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suf
fered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come." - Heb. 13:12-14

Our LORD Jesus was rejected by His own people who turned Him over to the executioner. He told His followers that in the same manner they would be despised likewise by the world, and by implication, the religious leaders.

"Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.'" John:15:20-21

We await our own resurrection -- also known as the rapture. We wait for our redemption. We abide until He comes. We weep over this fallen world. We are vexed in our souls for the wickedness we see around us. We know God's judgment on this world is near. We cry for our lost loved ones. We see this time as a time for weeping as there is only evil continually. We look forward to our celebration when our Groom catches us up.

While the world parties, we lament. The joy of our salvation is marred by the sorrow for the lost. While the worldly are seeking Easter eggs, we are crying out for the restoration of the planet. We relate more to Jeremiah than to Joel Osteen. While they are claiming the promises and saying "Peace, peace," we are reading Lamentations and saying 'Come LORD Jesus.'

Nothing has changed much in 2,000 years. Man is still killing, going to war, and lording it over one another. Male soldiers who used to kiss wives and girlfriends goodbye are now kissing other men. Women too are kissing other women on every sitcom and soap opera. Pastors and Christian leaders are being caught in adultery and homosexual trysts and the congregations complain about the whistle-blowers.

And the ecumenical voices of Christendom are leading their unthinking followers into the arms of the pope.

It's hard to get happy about Easter today-

"Happy Easter" or "Woe, woe, the end is near."

Forgive my lament.

"Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, 'Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.'" - John 16:19-22

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