Several months ago I wrote a piece called Change and Hope. It references society’s desire and definition of these concepts. I then explain what they mean to me and how Jesus is my Hope. It was published today online and may be read here: http://relijournal.com/christianity/change-and-hope/. I hope you enjoy it.
Though I can’t recall for certain, I believe that the hymn The Old Ship of Zion traces its roots back to African-American spiritual songs. Where ever it originated it is a beautiful old song that I dearly love to hear and sing. Though I love the entirety of it, the third verse has some very profound thought to it:
At the stern of the ship was the captain
I could hear as He called my name
“Get on board, it’s the old ship of Zion
It will never pass this way again”
I believe that when Jesus calls us we should head His call. When He calls to you, you must make the decision to answer ‘yea’ and yield your life to Him or ‘nay’ and walk away from Him. We do not know what one minute from now holds for us, let alone tomorrow. The call you hear may be the last one you will ever receive. He implores us to say yes while the opportunity is at hand (Rev. 3:20).
2Co 6:2b …behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
I pray that those that have not yet placed their total trust in Christ Jesus will be deeply burdened to do so. It is my solemn plea that You might use these words to bring the realization to some lost soul their desperate situation and need of a Saviour.
Almost a year ago I posted a question about a tool on the leather guild board that I belong to. Yesterday I received an answer to that question from a lady. It was a pretty lengthy and very informative answer at end of which she wrote that she hoped that the reply hadn’t come too late to help me, “far past the stale date.” She began the email with explaining that the lateness of her reply was due to the death of her daughter about a year ago. After her daughter’s passing, she had dropped most everything, being to her unimportant then, and was now working her way back through old emails and such. I could feel the pain in her response as I read it. I have two children and can not imagine what it would be like to loose one.
This got me to thinking about how God must have felt when He sent His Son to this earth. In His providence, He knew full well when Jesus came to the world what He had in store for Him. And I am made to believe that Jesus from the start also knew what He would go through, the pain, suffering, mocking and death He would die. Jesus suffered and died in our stead, not because He had to but because He wanted to out of His love for us. God sent Him to do this, not because He had to but because He loved us and desired to provide us a way to be reconciled to Himself through the blood of His Son (John 3:16-17, Rev 1:5).
The love of God truly is fully incomprehensible.
1Jn 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.