"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
As Jesus faced the epic battle of the ages in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before He would be crucified thoughts that our poor minds cannot begin to conceive pounded into His head. And while everything in His body and mind told Him to run away from tomorrow, something deep in His spirit witnessed that He must submit to this death—that He must trust when He couldn’t see. And ultimately, though deserted by those closest to Him in this darkest hour of need, He chose what He had always chosen: To do the will of God. He chose to not just submit to, but embrace the will of His Father. And when He did, strength came. A special messenger from the Father appeared and touched Him, releasing strength into His weakened body and embattled mind. Now, though He had sweat blood due to the emotional pressure, His body felt much better. His mind was now at peace, as always comes with a surrender to the will of God. Joy—small, but strong—began to course through His being. He was now ready. And the time had come.
Judas had walked with Jesus the last three years. He had even been the treasurer of the group. But there was something about him that was different from the rest. Whereas they had each been touched with the way Jesus lived and taught, Judas seemed to keep himself beyond the reach of Jesus’ friendship. He never opened his heart to Jesus as the others had done. His mind had never actually Continue reading →
“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Thus reads the Scripture about the price God would pay to bring us back to Him. But as Jesus was about to go to the cross, His disciples weren’t thinking about His long-range mission: They were too busy enjoying the recognition they were receiving from the crowds from being associated with Jesus. They were “flying high”! But Jesus had not come to cater to our selfish desires. He would not play the world’s game of trying to build our own self-image by gaining the acceptance of others—neither will He allow His followers to do it. He must bring these disciples to the awakening of who they really were, of why they were here on this earth. All this “acceptance” would shortly meet an abrupt end.
Jesus’ disciples were vaguely aware of the growing anger toward Him by the people in authority. Both the religious and civil leaders were afraid of the acceptance the common people had given Him. Nothing is so feared by tyrants as a growing ideal among the masses. Jesus had been teaching the common folk why they were alive, and they had “come alive” in response to His message. The authorities feared Continue reading →
America’s Founding Fathers believed the Bible is true and works in this present world. They proved this by the structure they gave to this nation and by the spirit of morality they taught must be in that structure for it to function as it was designed. Neither were they hesitant in expressing this. They wanted their children to understand where this nation, that was becoming the envy of the world, came from.
By miracles in the Revolutionary War, a basically Biblical government was re-established in America. And, over the next eleven years, they would work with that government to make it better. The end product, our national Constitution (written in 1787 and approved by the states by 1789), was no less of a miracle. Many of our Founders would speak of the miracle that brought our national Constitution into being. George Washington would acknowledge God’s hand in that Constitutional Convention in a letter to his good friend, Jonathan Trumbull, then Governor of Connecticut. He wrote,
“…we may, with a kind of pious and grateful exultation, trace the Finger of Providence through those dark and mysterious events which first induced the States to appoint a general Convention, and then led them one after another…to effect the…adoption of the system recommended by that general Convention; thereby in all human probability laying a lasting foundation for tranquility and happiness…Continue reading →