Darker days to come?



THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 23:26-31
“If people do this when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” (Luke 23:31)
Jesus knows that things can only go from bad to worse in our world.
If innocent people are crucified by religious leaders, things do not look good.
If living trees are cut down like this, what will happen to the dead trees?
Without God, our trees (lives, hopes, kingdoms) are withering and dying.
At first, we do OK, like a tree first uprooted from the soil (its still green).
But as time goes on, the tree slowly dies, and it’s branches go dry.
Our world has been running on reserves, but in time things will go dry.
Eventually, slowly, everything goes from bad to worse.
Contrary to the idea that life in this world is evolving, it’s devolving.
Unless we are reconnected to God; unless we are replanted in the soil.
Why are we so surprised by increasing sickness, violence, addiction, despair, suicide?
We may be in a bubble for the moment, but how long will our bubble last?
Jesus entered the mess to overcome it; He endured the curse to overcome it.
There is hope in this messed up world, but only Jesus can take us there!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
PRAYER
Lord, I cast my ballot a few days ago, but I have no illusions that any of these leaders can help. Our crisis is deeper and worse than politics can fix; we need a Messiah!

One Comment

  1. Simon was forced to carry the cross for Jesus.
    He had no choice. To challenge the request would bring greater consequences.
    This certainly brought him face to face with Jesus.
    Was he a believer? Did he become a believer. This event must have had a great effect upon his life.
    And I?
    I have a choice.
    Do I take up my cross willingly to follow Jesus?
    His way is the way of love and obedience and sacrifice.
    Am I a servant of the cross?
    I need to follow Him always
    and do His will in my life.

    1
    Am I a soldier of the Cross—
    A follower of the Lamb?
    And shall I fear to own His cause,
    Or blush to speak His name?
    In the name, the precious name,
    Of Him who died for me,
    Through grace I’ll win the promised crown,
    Whate’er my cross may be.
    2
    Must I be carried to the skies
    On flowery beds of ease,
    While others fought to win the prize
    And sailed through bloody seas?
    3
    Are there no foes for me to face?
    Must I not stem the flood?
    Is this vile world a friend to grace,
    To help me on to God?
    4
    Since I must fight if I would reign,
    Increase my courage, Lord!
    I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
    Supported by Thy Word.

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