Post Castro: Always Christ

He was the late Prime Minister Michael Manley’s very good friend.  And as the link above shows,  was one of many prominent personalities  to attend MM’s funeral.

In fact, well  can we remember the famous,  ‘ mountain top ‘ speech; a vision of the two avowed socialists, Fidel Castro and MM, changing the capitalist world. And forging a more egalitarian system! 
All of this long before America began to ‘ feel the Burn ( Bernie Sanders campaign to end the disparity between the rich and the middle class).
He was also the target of much hatred especially in Miami, to which city many disillusioned and persecuted Cubans fled in droves.

Cuban-Americans celebrate Fidel Castro’s death in Miami’s Little Havana

So now Fidel, ‘ long live Fidel’, is dead. Having outlived many American presidents who tried to topple him, or at the very least resisted his Communist regime with economic and propaganda tools! Until Obama came along,  ‘ offering an olive branch’….and then cometh Donald Trump. To uphold or to destroy the rapprochement? Who knows!
How Fidel Castro Went From Revolutionary to Ruler
You have to pay to read the entire story in Time magazine but what is available is quite interesting as in 1959 they dubbed him ” The Vengeful Visionary”. Perhaps a metaphor for the western world’s fascination for a leader it never fully understood. Never warmed to, but had to tolerate as his Communist state successfully pushed  education and health care domestically – despite the anti-Castro rhetoric, Jamaica benefited with the  building of many schools and the training of many health care workers; and with similar passion and dedication it sought to  promote ‘freedom’ internationally;  in South Africa, other parts of Africa, South America and in the Caribbean – notably and tragically in Grenada!
But as much as Fidel was admired by some, and reviled by others; and as much as his picture will be on the front page of many newspapers across the globe tomorrow, no one will write about him in the same way the Hymnwriter penned these famous lines, to which I was led this morning in my devotions.

God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus; 

He came to love, heal and forgive; 

He lived and died to buy my pardon, 

An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives! 

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, 

Because He lives, all fear is gone,

Because I know He holds the future, 

And life is worth the living, 

Just because He lives! 
World leaders will come and go, but no one will write about them, when they die,  in the way Oswald Chambers wrote about Jesus,  in his famous My Utmost for His Highest a few nights ago:

I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.  John 17:4 
The death of Jesus is the performance in history of the very mind of God. There is no room for looking on Jesus as a martyr; his death was not something that happened to him which might have been prevented. His death was the very reason why he came.
Never build your preaching of forgiveness on the fact that God is our Father and He will forgive us becuase He loves us. It is untrue to Jesus Christ’s  revelation of God; it makes the Cross unnecessary, and the Redemption ” much ado about nothing”.
If God does forgive sin, it is because of the death of Christ. God could forgive men in no other way  than by the death of His Son, and Jesus is exalted to be Saviour because of His death……The greatest note of triumph that ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded on the Cross of Christ  – ” It is finished”.

That is the last word in the Redemption of Man…….Jesus hates the wrong in man, and Calvary is the estimate of His hatred. 


So is the Revolution in Cuba all done! Did Manley’s  New International  Economic Order  come into being! Will Trump make America Great Again, or White again as some cynics are suggesting.  Did Adolf Hitler”s Third Reich last the expected Thousand years! Has the sun set on the British Empire!  Will Jamaica achieve ‘ Prosperity ‘, and #FourinOne! The future is uncertain for all peoples; and the past already a settled affair.
But what we, the children of God know, is that :
Because Christ lives we can face tomorrow. With certainty!
THE WORD OF GOD ….this morning.
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Hebrews 11:39‭-‬40 NIV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1‭-‬3 NIV
Unlike Cuba after Castro. Or Venezuela after Madura! Or America after #WhatagwaanJamaica…POTUS!

Or #Gaza after #Kartel!  Or Tivoli after #Dudus. Or the JCF and Jamaica after a very bloody November. 
Thank God for Jesus  then,  as we ponder on the life and work of this complex historical figure. Fidel Castro!

 But ultimately ” our eyes are fixed on Jesus the author and perfecter  of our faith! For His Work of Salvation is ” Finished”. All done!

It’s a free gift from a merciful God.  All we are required to do is to accept it in faith. 



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