Morning Encouragement – 8-5-2018

Good morning,
In the year 33 AD, a tragedy of epic proportions occurred. A man was put on trial for his life. The verdict was already handed down “Worthy of Death” before he was sent to the Judge to hand down the verdict.  It was a hung jury in favor of the death of a man whose only crime was caring for his nation. In the time of Jesus, it was the best of days and it was the worst of days[1]. There were two alternate ideologies in conflict: feigned righteousness and, a righteousness from God. Jesus, a man whom the nation looked to as Messiah and King, according to scripture, his reign would never end (Isaiah 9:7). Yet, he was beaten, whipped, and impaled to a cross. It would seem that with the death of Jesus that it would be the end of the story and “Evil won”.  The part the SanHedrin and the people of Jerusalem had all but forgotten is, God’s ways are not like our ways in that we can stop forward motion because of tragic events; but, God uses the tragedy as groundwork for a mighty move of his Spirit. The point is, there are tragedies that occur in our life that look like it would be the end of our lives; then, something mysterious happens, the storm clouds clear away and the wind stops, and we see that we are not at the end of our life; simply, just beginning.  The bible was written centuries ago, the people it refers to are long since dead; yet, when I consider how small the world is and how little it really has changed over time, I understand that all that Jesus went through, was for me. Over 2000 years has elapsed since the terrible day on the cross yet, his eye was on the future not on the moment; his eye was on me and, it is on you. What is the worst possible tragedy that you can imagine? Does it affect you?  Is it occuring now or has it already happened? If you have faced tragedy or, are going through it yet today, I want to encourage you to hold onto the one hand that will never let go of you. 
I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain andyields a harvest. 25 The one who loves his life [eventually] loses it [through death], but the one who hates his life in this world [and is concerned with pleasing God] will keep it for life eternal. 26 If anyone serves Me, he must [continue to faithfully] follow Me [without hesitation, holding steadfastly to Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]; and wherever I am [in heaven’s glory], there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. (John 12:24 and 25 Amp).
Father,
  Thank you for this wonderful day ahead of us. Tragedy has a way of telling us that we are on the ropes and that our best chance is to succomb to the darkness that envelops us. Yet, if we can just hold on a little while longer, you will come through for us. Help my readers through the tragedies of their lives by strengthing them for the next storm. You are an awsome God and I have never been let down by you.  May your Spirit guide us today and always?
In His Name
Mike


[1]Charles Dickens. Tale of Two Cities. London England (1859). 

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