Tuesday, August 9, 2011

We have received a kingdom.

When Jesus told his disciple,
“It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper
will not come to you…” John 16:7
I’m sure all the disciples disagreed with him.
Everything was so exciting and meaningful when Jesus was in charge.
When they tried, even the elementary things, on their own,
things became a mess.
For the disciples it was too early for Jesus to go.
They had hardly learned how to cast out demons.
Jesus was becoming extremely popular as His miracles never failed.
His words were discussed all over Jerusalem in people’s conversations.
The disciples were ready to roll.
His surrender to the cross seems to have come as a great surprise
for his followers.
He had told them clearly that His kingdom is not of this world.
Their blindness to heaven discouraged them.
We are in a similar place today.
When God’s plan all the sudden pops up from the dust, we start panicking,
holding on to our earthly possessions and diplomas.
We behave as if Jesus never taught us to be prepared for these changes.
It’s all for our advantage.
“Now this,’ Yet once more’, indicates the removal of those things that are being
shaken , as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we have received a kingdom which cannot be shaken ,
Let us have grace (for the changes), by which we may serve God acceptably
with reverence and godly fear. ” Hebrews 12:27-28

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