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Matthew 24:36-44

 

REFLECTION

Be Ready, Get Right, Take Stock

by Judy Webb


“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)


Life is short, you never know when your time will be up. How often have we heard statements like this? Usually right after a really close call with death. Do we truly believe these words, or are they merely a way to acknowledge what almost happened and way to shake off the fear of the moment? Near brushes with our mortality will stop us in our tracks, only for the moment. Then life goes on without another thought to the reality of the words.


Matthew 24: 39-41 “…and they knew nothing of what would happen until the flood came and took them away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left."


Be ready. The Bible is saturated with verses about the coming of the Lord. Be ready.


It is not like preparing for a special dinner or dressing up for an evening out. It is a lifelong journey of commitment to the God of the universe to love Him, love others, and obey his commands as we lead others to Him. It is about true faith and faithfulness that radiates from deep within our hearts.


If we are one of the men in the field, I hope we take the time to teach the other man about the Lord before the time comes. If we are one of the women grinding, I pray we speak to the heart of the other woman about Jesus in time for her too, to be saved.


James 5:8 “You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand."


PRAYER


Dear Jesus, thank you for this word today. As each day brings us closer to the day when we will see you face to face, remind us that everyone needs to know you and to accept your Son as Savior. Give us strength and courage to tell this Good News to everyone. Amen








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DAILY READING

Isaiah 54:1-10

 

REFLECTION


God is Always Faithful

by David Thompson


While reading the Bible through the years, I have noticed what a disgrace it is when a woman has no children. Older folks depended on their children to take care of them in their old age. In December of 2020, my son, his wife and their son went in together with us to buy a large house with two master bedrooms. The idea was to have Aaron's family take care of our family when we get older and can't do it for ourselves. It has worked pretty well to this point, and I can attest to what the people in the Bible said about feeling assured that the older folks would be cared for.


In this passage, Israel was unfaithful to the Lord. Even though God likened Zion (Israel) to a barren women, verses two and three state, "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities." This shows the everlasting love of God. He is disappointed by Zion's sin and their turning their backs on Him, but he still promises that the nation of Israel will increase greatly and possess the land.


In verses seven and eight, He admits that He abandoned Israel "for a brief moment" but assures all that He has deep compassion for them and will bring them back to Him. To prove His point, God brings up the story of Noah and the great flood. He pointed out that He promised Noah never to cover the earth again and He never has. God finishes the passage in verse ten by assuring them that wild things will happen (mountains shaken and hills being removed), but gives a promise that He will never let His anger shake His unfailing love for us. We sin and this separates us from God, but us asking forgiveness for our transgressions brings us back into a close relationship with Him. Thanks be to God.


PRAYER


Dear Lord, Thank you for this passage where we see the history of your anger with Israel, but also how you brought them back to you because of your unending compassion for them. Thank you for the promise that you will never be angry again and will always allow us to have a way to repair our relationships with you when we stray. Amen and Amen!








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DAILY READING

1 Peter 3:18-22


 

REFLECTION


Consider the Cross

by Mary Kate Hipp



I have now claimed Christ as my personal Lord and Savior for over half of my life. I grew up in the church, heck, I was baptized in the Lytham Rd. sanctuary at seven months old! I have never known a time without the concept of Christianity. However, I think I only just now am understanding the gravity of the cross.


Having grown up in the church, the concept of crucifixion was normal to me. Oh yeah, the most gruesome form of execution? We wear its emblem--the cross--around our necks and tattoo them on our bodies in remembrance. When is the last time you paused and pondered the magnitude of the crucifixion of Christ? Or stopped and considered the macabre moment on calvary that your cross pendant signifies?


I personally had never deeply contemplated the cross until I played a woman at the foot of the cross in the UALC production of Tetelestai when I was a freshman in high school. Long story short, I found myself week after week at rehearsal reenacting the crucifixion. To place myself at the foot of the cross, watching as my friends slandered my Savior, and watched the Son cry out to the Father, forced me to realize the gravity of the Gospel. The panting in Jesus' breath, the ridicule and shame endured, the streaming blood, the mocking of His holiness.


Let us stop and consider this point Peter is making in 1 Peter 3:12-22.


Christ suffered and was crucified for our atonement once. Charles Spurgeon once stated that "the law of God was more vindicated by the death of Christ than it would have been had all transgressors been sent to hell. For the Son of God to suffer for sin was a more glorious establishment of the government of God, than for the whole race to suffer." Consider the magnitude of this: Christ's singular salvific act accomplished more than anything the entirety of humanity could have ever done. The presumable millions of sacrifices presented under the Old Covenant could never have accomplished as much as Christ did. The most beautiful part of Christ's suffering? Jesus died for you individually just as much as if you had been the only one in the world.


How then shall we respond to the cross? Well, most of us have! As Peter says, baptism is the humble act of reconciliation between us and God. It resembles the cleansing of our fallenness and acceptance of sanctification through Christ on calvary! Spend time today thinking about the work Christ has done in your life post-baptism. If you have yet to be baptized, consider where you stand under the cross. Whether you have been baptized or not, Christ is calling you to rejoice in His sacrifice.



*Picture taken after my rebaptism/rededication of baptismal vows in the Jordan River in May 2022 after I considered the magnitude of the cross in my life.

 


PRAYER PRACTICE

Jesus, thank You for Your sacrifice. We praise You for the work that only You could accomplish. We rejoice in Your suffering. Guide us today as we consider the cross. Let us sit at the foot of the cross today. We welcome You, our savior, Jesus, into our lives today. Amen









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