As the darkness closes in around us, it is natural for our thoughts to turn towards the prospect of a grim future. And, in the short-term, it IS grim. But, as John The Apostle contemplated these things, he embraced these events, for they pointed to the return of our God and King, Jesus Christ.
I must keep reminding myself of this, as I look upon the evil that is happening around us, and within us.
I am grateful to all who have chosen to make a stand for Christ. For the Truth. For Righteousness. For an eternity with God. It is a struggle, and it will take everything you have. But, it is worth far more than anything that we can give.
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Remembering Our Lord in the Midst of Evil
When Monday arrived, it seemed like this week would turn out to be much like the previous. Lots of bad. Some good. Dismal future.
However, the events of Tuesday morning – in Brussels – concentrated our minds upon a dark and Satanic evil in our midst. The bombings in Belgium were quintessentially Islam. They were the purest expression of the commandments of Muhammad to his followers. They were the Satanic essence of the evil at the heart of the Muslim world.
Worse, Europe and much of the world has embraced the followers of this vile and oppressive darkness, while choosing to be blind to the evil of Islam. This insanity is beyond comprehension, for it is only the truly insane that could understand it.
But, I must remind myself that, in one sense, we are all truly insane. We have all, at one time or another, engaged in a life of sin and rebellion against God. Muslims are likewise caught. Their version of sin and rebellion is just a bit different than our own.
We were all followers of Satan, before we came to Christ.
So, as we gaze into the darkness, we should see opportunity. For, when the darkness is greatest, our chance to reflect the light of Christ is even greater. But, we must stand upon hilltops and make sure that our mirror is clean and pure.
When people look at your life, do they see Christ in you?
Being a truly imperfect follower of Christ, I am not always sure that people see the reflection of Christ in my life. So, if you often falter and fail, I am with you in this. But, when you fall, pick yourself up. Dust yourself off. Turn back to the path that Jesus laid out for you.
Only a fool would lay on the ground where he fell.
Anyway, I am reminded of this by the time of year that we find ourselves:
I wish that the Roman Catholic church had not corrupted the story of the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior by calling it Easter. I would prefer to call it Resurrection Day, but most would not understand what I’m talking about, when I say that.
When I finish writing this, my wife and I will rush off to teach a Bible class, and we will be talking about Easter. Many in our class are not Christian, and would not understand if we called it anything else. So, we will start off by calling it Easter, but – by the end of our class – they will all understand that we are talking about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They will know that God the Father sent His Son – God the Son – to be a sacrifice for our sins, so that we would have eternal life.
To write that gives me chills. I am beyond grateful that God would do such a thing, to send His Son, who is also God. The idea that Jesus would love us so much that He would willingly submit to this awful thing… is …well, amazing.
I really do not have the words to adequately express my profound gratitude.
Even more, I find this gift of God – this gift of eternal life – to be completely incomprehensible. I did nothing to deserve it. I can do nothing to earn it. I will do my best to serve God in offering the message of it to as many as will receive it.
So, as we look towards this Sunday, think upon the incomprehensible gift that God gave us. The immeasurable blessing. Our Lord. Our King…
…who died for YOU.
So, please. Remember this as you contemplate the darkness grows worse, that gathers around us – threatening ourselves and all that we love. When you hold close to Christ, that darkness cannot touch you. In fact, we might even be somewhat thankful for that choking blanket of evil that encroaches upon our lives…
…because it inspires us to hold Jesus Christ ever more tightly, and to shine more brightly.
So, bring on the bombings. Bring on the death and corruption that seeks to choke the very life out of our world. Bring on the Muslim maniacs. Even the Antichrist… bring it on.
Our Lord, God and King is returning, and there is nothing that will stand against Him!
Before I Send You Off…
Now, before I send you off to look at the research that I have prepared for you, let me point out a few things that are significant:
ISIS is being cornered, so it is not a coincidence that the Brussels bombings have occurred. This is ISIS saying, Alea iacta est!
Turkey continues on its road to collapse, and we are seeing more evidence that Russia is helping to push Turkey into the abyss. (Watch Armenia!)
Trump seems unstoppable, so what the Elite do to try and stop him will be interesting to see.
Hatred of Israel is on the rise. The antisemites are pushing a vile agenda at every opportunity, so I hope that you will push back, when you can.
Oh, and remember that Jesus was NOT crucified on Friday. It was Wednesday. To say that it was Friday is to have a tiny problem with math.
He is Risen!
I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
(That’s a link. Click it for a discussion on preparation.)
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. – Proverbs 22:3
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