Troubling Times

Believe on GOD and the things of God.  Know that God’s “Plan of the Ages” is ever moving forward according to His sacred, most holy written word.  As it is written, “all Scripture must be fulfilled.”

We live in troubling times.  Worry and uncertainty abound.  Where can we go, what can we do, to whom can we run?  I think Peter said it best when he confessed, ‘where can we go, Lord; thou hast the words of life.’  Run to Him.  He is ever waiting with open arms.

Against Christianity is the raging tide of evil and wickedness in the world today, just as it has been in the past, so it is now.  Someone said on a radio talk show that overall, we live in a good world.  Just a survey of history, and certainly current events would suggest otherwise!  No, do not be deceived, the arch-enemy of God, whose name is Satan, the Devil is the one behind all the unthinkable acts of human destruction, for he is the destroyer, the murderer, the liar and deceiver of truth.  And he has his followers, the fallen angels who follow him, these wicked demons, also entice or move men to commit these horrific acts of slaughter of the innocents.  The slaughter of Christians and Jews over the centuries is uncountable! About 3/4 of the world population does not believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed in Matthew’s Gospel as the “Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; or that God, the Father, sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins so that:

“For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, so that all who believe on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

A good world? I would say, no; but on the other hand there are so many wonderful people and families doing things that honor God, both in their lives and their actions. So, does the good outweight the bad?

What can we do, then? What should we do?  Whom should it be in our every waking thoughts? in all the moments of our lives? the last thought on our mind before sleep?  Just Jesus Christ, the Messiah…the One who came to save….the One who will be King of Kings and Lord of Lords…the One and only who can bring lasting peace to this troubled earth!  

Therefore, at the moment of belief, when we confess the Lord Jesus, the Son of God, as our Lord and Savior, believing wholeheartedly His sacrificial, substitutionary death for the sins of the world; for your sins and mine; His resurrection from the dead on the third day; His ascension up to Heaven to the Father; and His coming again in power and glory to reign in His Kingdom, then we shall ever be with Him in His Kingdom, and throughout eternity. 

In John, chapter six, when Jesus and His disciples were at Capernaum, a great multitude of people found Him there: “Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?”

“Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He sent.”

He commanded us to love one another, despite the evil and wickedness in the world.  For Jesus said:

“By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

How best, then, in our lives and actions, our belief and worship, might we best honor Christ, and to love Him with all our love?  It must be through the Holy Communion, the centrality of all our worship.  For He said to do this act of worship in remembrance of Him until He comes again…

Do you remember the words Jesus spoke as recorded in the Gospel According to John, beginning in chapter six, verse 34:

“Then said they unto Him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.”

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to Me shall never hunger; and he that believes on Me shall never thirst.”

“I came down from heaven…”

But a great many grumbled and did not believe.

But He said to them, “No man can come to Me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Hear His words and believe…

‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on Me has everlasting life.”

O, how these precious words echo and resound; but they would not believe.  But to those who do, eternity is assured in Christ Jesus.  

“This is the bread which came down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.”

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

But they still murmured all the more, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

“Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you.”

“Whoso eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

“For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.”

“He that eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I in him.”

“As the living Father has sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats Me, even he shall live by Me.”

Luke 22:17…

“And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this and divide among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.”

“And He took bread, and gave thanks, and break it, and gave unto them, saying, This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me.”

“Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you.”

And so, at Holy Communion we enter into the “mystery” of Christ, as we take and eat His body, the living bread, and drink His blood, the living wine.  And therefore in a memorial celebration of His death and resurrection, we partake in Him and He in us, until we sit with Him in His kingdom on earth.

Only believe, He said, and do this Holy Communion in remembrance of Me.  And so shall it ever be.  Let us love and honor the Lord in His Holy Communion as often as we can.

Let it be so, Lord Jesus.  Amen.

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