Lent, H1N1, Muslims and The Truth Christ Jesus

GM: LENT, DANGER, AND GOD’S OFFER OF MERCY IN AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

Yesterday I shared an excerpt of a meditation with my children,  and some of my many ‘ children’, about the reality of life:

THE MESSAGE

Something to consider deeply as you go through life. Because contrary to what you hear from the televangelists, it’s true.  An excerpt. I’ll send the full text one day.

CHRIS TIEGREEN

A Long and Winding Road

Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:1

Life as a Christian isn’t easy. Actually, life isn’t easy for anyone……..

So Paul reminds his protégé that there is Grace to keep going. He never tells Timothy that Grace will make things easy, and oh, how we wish that he did. But he doesn’t.
Grace sustains, but it does not simplify. It does not tell us to relax; it gives us strength. It urges endurance more often than it gives us miraculous escape. But when it’s all we have, it’s more than enough……

And at the end of the meditation is a profound quote from Samuel Rutherford:

Grace grows best in the winter.

Peace.
Dad/Dr. J

Then last evening, on my way home, and listening to Nationwide 90FM, I heard the host #CliffHughes, having a discussion with some Muslims about Jesus. And in response to an ‘ accusation’ by Hughes that Muslims ‘ disrespect’ Jesus, came this extraordinary statement. That unless you believe in Jesus, you cannot be a Muslim. Further, that it was Jesus, a human being, esteemed by Muslims at the highest level,  sent by Almighty God as a Prophet,  to turn the children Is-rael to back to God,  who prophesied that the prophet Mohammed would come and lead us into all truth. And it is the Muslims who accept Christ and the children of Is-rael who rejected him.

So in one fell swoop, this advocate of the Muslim faith, sought to undermine the foundations of Christianity, viz, that Jesus is not God, and that The Holy Spirit, part of the Holy Trinity, has been replaced by the prophet Mohammed – to lead us into all truth. No recognition of The Cross of Calvary: no discussion of Sin and Redemption by the Blood of the Lamb. And sadly, in a ‘ Christian country’, even if not a believer, but yet an informed journalist,  Hughes did not ‘ go down that road’, and pose serious questions.
Have mercy!

Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why this song is never far from my lips and my heart.

O Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end.
Be Thou for ever near me
my Master and my friend.
I shall not fear the battle
if Thou be by my side.
Nor wander from the pathway,
of Thou wilt be my guide.

For ‘ trust me’ the battle for our souls is well and truly joined. For as bad as Trump is for America, and the world,
there is worse. Much worse!

Then last night continuing my observance of a Holy Lent – less TV and more intentional reading – OSWALD CHAMBERS spoke about the dangers of Life in this way.

CHRIST’S INFINITE PATIENCE AND HUMAN DESTITUTION

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come on unto Me, and drink ( John 7:37)

Our Lord begins where we would never begin, at the point of human destitution. The greatest blessing a man ever gets from God is the realisation that if he is going to enter the His  Kingdom, it must be through the door of destitution. Naturally we do not want to begin there, that is why the appeal of Jesus is of no use until we come face with realities; then the only One worth listening to is the Lord.

We learn to welcome the patience of Jesus only when we get to the point of human destitution.( Tweeted last night).
It’s not that God will not do anything for us until we get there, but that He cannot. God cannot do for me if I am sufficient for myself. When we come to the place of destitution spiritually, we find the Lord waiting,  and saying , ” If any man thirst, let Him come to me and drink”.

Then this morning I awoke and read the headlines in the Daily Gleaner go-jamaica.com ” Get Vaccinated”.
And I agree, as the dreaded Swine Flu or H1N1 can kill. Especially if you are in a high risk group.

But Lord have mercy, and this is the reason why I am moved to write this morning, an infinitely more important challenge, a crisis even,  is to:

” Accept Christ, Repent and be Baptised “.

Especially if you are in the high risk group, viz, a member of ‘Adam’s  helpless human race’ (According to John Wesley’s great hymn, And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood….
the third verse of which goes like this:

3. He left his Father’s throne above
(so free, so infinite his grace!),
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
for O my God, it found out me!
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
for O my God, it found out me!

So yes, the health of our nation is at risk. Yes, good and sensible governance is at risk in America. Yes, the truth is at risk when we listen to some Muslims. But what is at greatest risk is our souls before a Holy God. And Lent is a time to ponder deeply on Spiritual matters. And repent and turn back to the God,  who in Christ Jesus, died and was raised from the dead, so that in Him we may have Life and Life more abundantly. ( Better than ‘ Cash Pot a Bubble).  Otherwise, God will  arrange crisis after crisis in our lives, until ‘ destitute’ we turn to Him. Or, perish! God have mercy!
Peace

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