Right now both our nation and the world are experiencing and witnessing a trial that none of us ever anticipated. We usually think of sermon applications as something strictly personal but not much more than that. Maybe we need to think outside that box, maybe regionally... nationally... globally this time. Time for some introspection.
Sceptics have always been in abundance, particularly when it comes to believing in God in general, and even in Jesus more specifically, let alone His resurrection. And you would think that particularly in this advanced age of technology that all religion would be relegated to the trash bin of myth and allegory. But not so. In fact science is now beginning to answer the age old question of how light which is billions of light years away could have been visible by Adam in 6 short 24 hour days. Hmm...that's a mind bender, but it's true, and we're beginning to discover how that happened. But let's get back to the subject at hand. Jesus rising from the dead. The power of testimony still stands today. Let's take a second look.
I think because it's been 2000 years since Jesus' resurrection that many people do not believe it to be true, and therefore they don't really considering that He is God and that what He has told us is the absolute truth. There's much to say about that: Why 2000 years? Is He coming back, and if so, when? We'll get into that some day soon, but what about right now? Today, with all the fear and insanity, particularly with a worldwide pandemic? Take a moment, a breath, and listen. God bless, and happy Easter and Passover Week.
In the midst of this serious time in both our nation's history and the world, having serious conversation with our Living God is more than just a suggestion..
With the very real concern everyone has regarding the Corona virus, the reaction, e.g. the incredible run on toilet rolls leaving empty shelves, is indicative of mass reactions which can oftentimes lead to very unpleasant results. And what should our response be. Certainly to be responsible in our courtesy and care for others, but also not to be overtaken by fear and undue concern. The world doesn't get it, but our Living God has absolute control over what occurs in and on His planet. And nothing is going to go any further than He Who wills it. Period.
We need to get a grip on that reality and to understand our need to turn our attention to Him, and in prayer, and in every and all circumstances. Listen up to our message regarding the next beatitude, peacemakers.
God is looking to change us from the inside out.
As we continue in the Beatitudes, it's time for mercy, which is not about 'what goes around comes around'.
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