Surviving the storm

Jesus stands at the Jewish epicenter of faith, there inside the Temple, Christ teaches, sharing with the parishioners some of the attributes from Heaven’s Kingdom. Our Lord is in the last week of His life on earth and His adversaries are subversively on the move. Once bitter rivals jockeying for prominence, these unlikely foes have become fast friends forced to uniting under one long and loathsome goal. Mark 3:6~Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus. (NIV) 

In this corner the Herodians, a family rife of tradition and knowledge, a familiarity woven of Jewish stock. They have tethered themselves to the occupation ruling under the Roman umbrella. Joining their corner, in an attempt to create a formidable tag team of the most unlikely of friends thus far in the fledgling century; Peter, Paul, and Mary performing their hit when the ship comes in. Sorry, that’s the wrong manifest, oh yeah it’s the religious institution of faith, the Pharisees, scribes, and Sadducees. Their commonality is the hatred of freedom found in what Jesus Christ is creating and offering to the world, which is forcing them into an unholy alliance. Mark 8:15~Be careful, Jesus warned them. Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod. (NIV) For this is God’s only Son who has come striding atop the waves of life’s many seas, to set His people free. 

Luke 1:68~Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people (ESV) Quoting Isaiah 61:1~The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, (ESV) Christ speaks of salvation’s precious work for He was to proclaim freedom to captives and to save those drowning in their own sin. For these fast but unlikely friends to accomplish the much needed and deeply saddening task laying at their shore, they must discredit Christ, or cause Him to falter in the faith, and if they arrive at the end of the dock, kill Him. This is More Than They Asked For: as old Billy said in his play The Tempest, Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. And, Yes, these fellows who have shipwrecked their lives on the shore of self-desire are indeed strange bedfellows. 

During these trying times, I want to ask you to take the time to listen. Listen to the Lord as He shares someone to reach out to. First pray for them, their family, and a need you may be aware of. Then text, email, or write them a card. If you want to get truly old school, then reach out and touch someone. Before going anywhere, this is how we said we are going to call a person last century. Let’s all stay connected with our many options of social media and technology. Be a blessing even while in isolation.

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