GM: HAVE MERCY LORD, HAVE MERCY FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.
Lord Jesus have mercy on my soul!
This was one reaction as I, in obedience to The Spirit, having read the Gospel reading for this Sunday on my iPad, during my devotions this morning, opened my Bible, and read the passage which came before.
Two verses, struck me. One from the actual Reading for Sunday:
O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it. How often have desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing. Luke 13:34
The other from the passage above:
Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him, ” Lord will only a few be saved “?
He said to them, ” Strive to enter through the narrow door; for I tell you, many will try and enter and not be able “. ….
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the Prophets in the kingdom of God , and you yourself thrown out.
Luke 13: 22-28.
The other reaction was that the Devil is really a wicked ‘ somebody’. Lying, deceiving and deceptive! As look how many people are flocking in their thousands to Sting – a popular stage show featuring dancehall music held on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas every year in Jamaica; how many millions tune in to the Superbowl to watch a great football game, or the World cup soccer finals; and how the massive crowds fill the public squares for a Political Rally; yet many Churches have empty pews.
A place where Jesus, through His ‘ Prophets’, cry out daily, pleading with people to “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near”. But few listen and obey!
All because they have fallen for the existential ‘ three card trick’ ( if you think some politicians are good at it, you ain’t seen nothing yet) that this world and it’s many pleasures and rewards is all there is to life. So, eat, drink and be merry, ‘ and be entertained by Beyonce’!
Lie! Big, bold, dirty and wicked lie. As those who ‘ kill the Lord’s prophets and stone those sent to them’, will face Reality one awful Day when The Lord Jesus returns as Judge.
And yet, and yet, God who is so full of mercy, slow to anger and full of compassion sends His Word, and His Prophets, The Church, The Body of Christ, to call those created in His likeness, the entire World, to Believe on His Only Son, Christ the Crucified One; so that they may not perish but have everlasting life. For Christ is ‘ The Narrow Way’ into the Kingdom.
There is however another warning for the complacent and presumptuous, both in the Church and those outside, who love to read about Jesus, love to say ‘ God Bless America’, or God bless Jamaica’, but have no intention of ‘ taking up their Cross daily and following Him. No intention of ‘ denying self’, no intention of ‘ submitting to the discipline of God! No intention of ‘ suffering for, or with Christ! But like to attend Church, and be seen as ‘ Christian minded’, but intend to do all of that, but ‘ enjoy the pleasures of this world’.
Listen carefully, and I warn myself, ‘ Lord protect me from presumptuous Sin’, even more so, and my family and Church people:
” When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door ( have mercy!), and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door saying, Lord, open to us, then in reply he will say to you, ‘ I don’t know where you come from ‘.
Then you will begin to say, ‘ We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets’ ( we watched Billy Graham on TV, or TD Jakes, we listened to Gospel music a lot, we have even read the Bible from cover to cover, we even went to Church and watched others ‘ going up for Holy Communion’ or Lord’s Supper, and every meeting we begin with prayer).
‘But he will say to you ( and on cue …serious as a judge…the sanke :
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb
came into my mind)
‘ I do not know where you come from; go away from me you evildoers’
Final Comment: I had no intention of writing a message this morning. In fact if truth be told, I was hurrying so that I could go and walk, as I have not done so all week. Further, the Lord makes it very clear, ‘ Judgement is mine saith the Lord’.
So, please let all of us pledge to be vigilant and rebuke the evil message that has served to lead our people astray; that there is no life after death. And that God does not exist. And that if He does, we can enter into His presence without any Mediator. Foolishness!
For that’s not what John 3:16 the most popular verse in the Bible says.
Rather, that unless we are’ washed with the precious blood of Christ’, unless we are born again, we shall perish. That’s the Gospel Truth!
And to that end, God is still calling out ‘ O Jamaica, Jamaica…. O America, America.
I close with the wisdom of words shared with me by an 89 year old patient who will together with her husband, celebrate 6O years of peaceful and a blessed marriage in July.
Three things can never be retrieved.
The spoken word.
A spent arrow
A neglected opportunity.
So Today if you hear the his voice do not harden your hearts. Hebrews 3:7
A word to the wise.