There is still a certain amount of child-like wonder left in me, for I stayed up and watched the first of the four blood moons last week. Despite the cold, I sat in the backyard way past mid-night watching the event. The eclipse was a little spooky and wondrous at the same time – it was spookondrous.
These four blood moons have gained biblical scholars’ attention because they all fall on Jewish festival days. They are asking: Are these blood moon events linked to the prophesies of Joel 3, and Ezekiel 37-39? Personally, I don’t know. It is interesting how they seem to relate to the world’s current events. I do know that God is in charge of these things and I’m not.
There is something else I do know, and it is about another prophesy. I know Jesus is coming back. If Jesus does return in my lifetime, I want him to find me about his business of proclaiming the Kingdom of God. After-all, that is really what I’m supposed to be concerned with and not speculating on prophecies. However, if you are non-believer and watched that 1st blood moon; be afraid, be very afraid.
Good morning and happy Easter to you. Thank you for sharring this joyous day with us. Today we take a break from our regular service and celebrate the most important day in the history of the world; the day Jesus rose from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus goes back to the beginning of time when God promised he would do it and the patriarchs believed it. The prophets foretold it and the scribes preserved it. The Psalmist sung about it and the faithful waited for it. As improbably as it sounds Jesus did it, and today the faithful believe it.
Some two thousand years ago the two extremes of God’s love – His grace and His mercy – met at the cross. Three days later when Jesus rose from the dead, bad news lost for all time.
Hallelujah, Jesus has risen,
Last Sunday’s service was late getting started because the village was late in opening. A lady was waiting with me at the village’s entrance when she learned I was with the church. She commented on the wonderful work I was doing. She had never read or heard any of my writings, or sermons, and for all she knew I preached in clown make-up, but my work was wonderful. I wished she had stopped there, but she didn’t. “We don’t go to church. We went to a service last night, but left before it was over.” Obviously Jesus wasn’t special in her life.
We must suffer fools for at one time we were fools too. No one can see Jesus with our eyes, but because we have seen him we want others to see him. The disciples experienced the same things, “They went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either: (Mark 16:13).
O could I tell, you surely would believe it!
O could I only say what I have seen!
How should I tell or how can you receive it,
How, till he bringeth you where I have been?
I heard a story about a fellow out shooting in the desert and decided to use a large saguaro for a target. I guess his justification was self defense because it was armed. After emptying several clips into the cacti he became frustrated that it didn’t fall over, so he went over and gave it a shove. The 9,000 pound saguaro took its revenge and fell on him and killed him.
Shooting saguaros is like playing with sin. We think, “I can’t get hurt because I’m standing so far away.” However, standing far off is never good enough and eventually we get closer, we inspect it, and we put our hands on it, and that’s when sin gets its revenge.
The lessons here: When out in the desert leave the saguaros alone, and when you’re out in the world leave sin alone; both can take your life.