44 Then he (Jesus) said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46 And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. 47 It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ 48 You are witnesses of all these things.
49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
Luke 25:44-49 (NLT)
Good morning my friends!
It was yesterday morning when I had a simple thought in my mind; “what topic would I like to share with my sisters and brothers in Christ in my “Just for You!” offering this week. The answer as you might imagine came quickly in witnessing in real time the events that occurred in our nation’s capital yesterday afternoon.
We, the people of this broken and fallen world, have truly been through the “wringer” over the course of this past year. With our own eyes we have witnessed how a microscopic organism could nearly cripple the way humans interact and conduct daily life. With our own eyes we have seen people dying without the ability to have friends and family by their side and families and friends trying to grieve and mourn death in ways that are foreign and alien. With our own eyes we have witnessed the prejudices and injustices that continue to plague humanity. With our own eyes we have witnessed how easily people can move from being “impassioned”, “enraged”, “frustrated”, and “angry” to becoming violent and out of control. With our own eyes we have borne witness to how the media and news outlets can truly “color” truths and validate inappropriate actions. With our own eyes we have witnessed how influential leaders can incite people to say and do things that stand opposed to the well being of our larger culture.
Make no mistake about this. These are not issues that simply occur within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the United States of America, these issues are prevalent through the entire developed world.
Make no mistake about this; while the pace and frequency of these issues are at a fevered pitch in this world of immediate gratification and information, events like these have occurred throughout the history of this broken and fallen world.
Yes, this year has once again demonstrated to all the people of this world that we truly live in a broken and fallen world.
My hope and prayer would be that we once again hear the words of our Lord and Savior as annotated in the gospel of Luke; “then he opened their minds to understand Scripture.”