Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:
Luke 18:15-16 (NLT)
15 One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him.16 Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.
Recently I came across a true story that happened during the Holocaust of the Second World War. Solomon Rosenberg, his wife and their 2 sons were arrested, together with Rosenburg’s mother and father for the crime of being Jews. They were placed in a Nazi concentration camp. It was a labour camp, and the rules were simple. “As long as you can do your work, you are permitted to live. When you become too weak to do your work, then you will be exterminated.” Rosenberg watched as his mother and father were marched off to their deaths. He knew that the next would be his youngest son, David – because David had always been a frail child. Every evening, Rosenberg came back into the barracks after each day of hard labour and searched for the faces of his family. When he found them they would huddle together, embrace one another and thank God for another day of life. One day Rosenberg came back and didn’t see those familiar faces. He finally discovered his oldest son, Joshua, in a corner, huddled, weeping and praying. He said, “Josh, tell me it’s not true.” Joshua turned and said, “It is true, Dad. Today David was not strong enough to do his work. So they came for him.” “But where is your mother?” asked Mr. Rosenberg. “Oh Dad,” he said, “When they came for David, he was afraid and he cried. So Mum said, ‘There is nothing to be afraid of, David,’ and she took his hand and went with him.” That illustrates a mother’s love– a love so strong that it chooses to give up life so her child can be comforted. However, it also demonstrates for us the love that God has for children. God the Father was willing to send his Son to die for these little ones so that they could be saved. In this next week we need to remember telling the little ones about Jesus and his love is our only goal! It doesn’t matter if everything goes perfectly as long as these children hear about and receive the love of Jesus.
Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:
Matthew 10:18-20 (NLT)
18 You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me. 19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Over the next several months we will be bombarded with political adds, convention speeches, as well as rumors and complaints about the candidates. If you had the opportunity to speak to either Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump what would you tell them? Would you vent about the condition of our country or why you disagree with their political views? There is a legend which recounts the return of Jesus to glory after His time on earth. Even in heaven He bore the marks of His earthly pilgrimage with its cruel cross and shameful death. The angel Gabriel approached Him and said, “Master, you must have suffered terribly for men down there.” “I did,” He said. “And,” continued Gabriel, “do they know all about how you loved them and what you did for them?” “Oh, no,” said Jesus, “not yet. Right now only a handful of people in Palestine know.” Gabriel was perplexed. “Then what have you done,” he asked, “to let everyone know about your love for them?” Jesus said, “I’ve asked Peter, James, John, and a few more friends to tell other people about me. Those who are told will in turn tell other people about me, and my story will be spread to the farthest reaches of the globe. Ultimately, all of mankind will have heard about my life and what I have done.” Gabriel frowned and looked rather skeptical. He knew well what poor stuff men were made of. “Yes,” he said, “but what if Peter and James and John grow weary? What if the people who come after them forget? What if way down through the centuries people just don’t tell others about you? Haven’t you made any other plans?” And Jesus answered, “I haven’t made any other plans. I’m counting on them.” Twenty-one centuries later He still has no other plan. He’s counting on you and me to continue His work of reconciling the world to Himself, to continue the work so many have faithfully carried out before us. Will we do so well? You see the best thing that we could do for either candidate is to tell them about Jesus because he is the only one with the power to change anything!