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Seeing things through different eyes
13th May 2018
“Time flies!” we say and true enough the days, weeks and months pass us at an alarming speed as we get older. Years accumulated with memories of the good and bad times and a centre ground of variable normality if there is such a thing.
Our Mighty GOD is outside of time of course, there was no beginning and there will be no end in HIM. The bible is full of times and seasons where markers have been put down to identify what we now see as catalogued history, but more than that, a timeline of those who have been ‘for or against’ HIM. Kings, judges, prophets, patriarchs, disciples, apostles, visionaries, scholars, peasants, strong and feeble to name just a few.
The simple phase “for or against’ parallels easily with the humankind ‘beginning and end’, whether ‘famous or infamous’.
Our Mighty GOD is very different to this of course. Without beginning or end HE, to us humankind, is the Invisible, GOD SPIRIT.
But us, made and intended to be like HIM - in HIS image, turned out to be very little like HIM.
How so? A marker put down by GOD to signal the beginning of human population one man made in HIS image and one man made from him, covenanted to be perfect and with total dominion of earth, but deceived and disobedient from the very beginning. Spoiled, ruined, rebellious, and broken.
We, his descendants, spoiled as a result of Adam’s sin, tended to follow the pattern from birth and in no time at all deceived, disobedient, spoiled, ruined, rebellious, and broken.
Just recently I have had the joy of spending time with two lovely, good people sharing one sad killer disease. They are happily married but not to each other, unrelated, both in their 50’s, two children each, and unknown to each other even though their treatment has been in the same hospital. A great tragedy for both families.
But they have had many similar experiences. They are two lovely, good people, devoted to their families, hard workers, without GOD, without hope, blindly hiding towards the end of their lives on earth.
“But then JESUS came”, just as it is recorded in the Gospel record of HIS work on earth.
Everything changes when JESUS comes, and for both of these their hopelessness has been changed to a glorious hope, a certainty based on JESUS rather than their own, and I quote, “lovely, good people, devoted to their families, hard workers”
The joy of seeing both of them on separate occasions turn to JESUS the Saviour, pleading mercy and forgiveness and turning from “against GOD, to for GOD”. From sinners to saints.
One has preceded the other and on Monday I expect to commit her body to the grave as it laid to rest. But her soul separated from the body in the millisecond her body ceased to live in disease, pain, and awfulness, and was placed into the hands of GOD.
None of us can fully understand these things but we have these beautiful glimpses of the SAVIOUR’s last minute touch on peoples’ lives. What a joy for her family and all of us to know that she is safe in HIS hands.
There are two songs we sing at the River which are filled with such hope. I share extracts from each as a marker that even in these days, long after the bible text was completed, our Mighty GOD is still at work, redeeming and saving those who come to HIM.
There's a place where the streets
With the glory of the Lamb.
There's a way, we can go there,
We can live there beyond time.
Because of You, because of
Because of Your love,
Because of Your blood.
No more pain, no more sadness,
No more suffering, no more tears.
No more sin, no more sickness,
No injustice, no more death.
All our sins are washed away,
And we can live forever,
Now we have this hope,
Because of You.
Oh, we'll see You face to
And we will dance together
In the city of our God,
Because of You.
There is joy everlasting,
There is gladness, there is peace.
There is wine ever flowing,
There's a wedding, there's a feast.
We have raised our hopes and our
We have followed fragile dreams
But only One could take the measure of our goals
And we've stumbled over the trials of life
And we've wrestled the unseen
But only One can calm the storm inside our souls
In the hands of God we will fall
Rest for the restless, and the weary
Hope for the sinner
In the hands of God we stand tall
Hands that are mighty to deliver
Giving us freedom
It is my prayer that each and every reader will seek the Saviour today and enter into a glorious life here, whilst hiding for the inevitable last day.