One famous King asked, "Can't we all get along?" A very Kingly and Christian Idea.
Living Together in the Goodness of God.
Father Bryan White at HopePointe Church 3333 Panther Creek The Woodlands, Texas 77381 makes some very valid points on Mercy and the Goodness of God.
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
Pope John Paul II
We have been the Easter People for so long, we have forgotten how unique, astonishing and awe inspiring Jesus is. We almost have to have Linus read us the Scriptures to understand the Greatness and Majesty of our God.
Look what the difference is between the Truth of God and fiction or even regular History- - -
If we had a Western Movie of Jesus, He might be asked to allow the bad men who killed him to escape. But later the Posse and the Sheriff would make sure that men toppled off the top of wooden buildings, men would fall through windows as Justice was enforced. After much death and dying, Justice would prevail. Men would die, but our hero would be riding off to make another movie.
If we made Jesus part of Roman History, this King of Kings might poison His brothers, ask nephews to torture and kill the innocent like Diocletian. Mothers might poison lovers. Or like Eagles, cull children to enable the strong to survive. Morals would be put down to obtain position to be King/God.
If Jesus were a Sci-Fi movie, sure sleep might happen for three days and then the other inhabitants sleeping near Him are heedlessly disposed of, killed, because we know that only the hero matters. Jesus might fight off aliens and quasi-humans, and some might go squish, but the hero is not going to be forfeited until he has walked off with the girl.
If Jesus were, "The Mummy" what would be bad about the bumbling disciples obtaining the curse. What would be bad about them loosing organs and eyes and eventually being a human sacrifice enabling the Hero Jesus would live. After all this is God, so the humans are not needed. Just let Jesus sit on the Throne when all the people had died and the plagues killed them. Only the King matters.
If Jesus were a detective movie, Jesus would be brilliant and the guilty would be carted off to never be seen again. Jesus would shine.
What kind of King would expect and ask for healing lives and bodies - for us to provide kindness - mercy
What Kind of King would give His Son. Showing Life given by the King of Kings, is innocent. Revealing Good. Has provided unspeakable blessings and mercy. And what does He say of you?
You matter to God.
What if you grew up with your siblings giving you trauma? Your story is living and active in Joseph. God would want to be part of your life.
What if you are adopted? You learn God wants to be part of your story and tenderly placed you into the river of life - where waiting arms of a willing mother - were glad to nurture and welcome you.
What if you had a life of being blind and having multiple families and children and just buzzed on to a new life and one day you realized you had not made any real meaning in life? Jesus would anoint your eyes and sit listening to you about the people who were giants in your life and made you feel unclear. Jesus would stay to heal you. Mark 8.
Suppose you had pushed out all the opportunity in your life - by substance abuse and dark days. Jesus would heal you and lead you as you are and want to be there for you today and in your recovery. Luke 5.
Suppose you were one of the many, many children who have lived with hunger? 1 Kings 17:7-15 Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath. God does not stay apart from those who have suffered.
Mark 5 a man with demons and, perhaps, mental illness wanted to go with Jesus. Who gives him the gift of ministry to tell of Jesus' healing him.
Or perhaps, you know you are Jabez. You are grateful for God for what you have been given. Teddy Roosevelt was.
Perhaps you are Jairus' daughter, you were given so much care by parenting and God - you are blessed of God.
Maybe you are Mark, your life has included you in many God blessings.
Or you have a great job like Lydia, seller of beemers, or purple dye. Acts 16 and you give back.
Maybe you are Salome, and have stood with people to comfort them and recognize the goodness of Jesus.
God who loves you - tells you His desire is to bring the world to salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. God tells us in John 1 - the light of all mankind has the true Light of Jesus Christ.
What matters? We believe in our heart Jesus is the Christ of God and desires to give Life.
What matters to God in our response? Our heart. Our words. Our faith has led us to be Life bringers. To be like God. Who calls His Holy Spirit, "Comfort."
I thank You for the comfort Edward has provided. I have had Tinnitus and with my late at night nap - I had that cease and stop and make lovely silence. I thank You for prayers from the saints.
My oldest son has a Graduate School opportunity and I am praying for the Lord Jesus to make the most of this.
We have new neighbors and the children fill the streets with joy and fun. The adults gather to see the wonderful children.
Our Sermon Series, You can tell by the link, has been very uplifting.
Bless this Nation. See the humor in the first picture. And call us all to work together in Jesus Christ to provide a place where the goodness of God has room to improve lives and warm hearts to make life meaningful.
I lift up the prayers for the people I love. For the people You have given me and their concerns they have shared. Thank You we have the Power to approach You in Jesus and see what You will bring. Thank God for the Strength You Provide where we are just people. And honored by Your Love and Your interest and Care. In Jesus the Lord. Amen.
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