I’ve been thinking of sharing something with you for over a week, but life got in the way. Two Sundays ago, my pastor was talking about the reality of sin and evil in the world today and who is causing it all. He used I Peter 5:8 as a reference. It reads: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
The word adversary means opponent. An opponent seeks to defeat you, and I believe our greatest opponent today is satan. All you have to do is look at the chaos swirling around us to realize that the evil of disease, corruption, child trafficking/murder, and anti-God rhetoric is inspired by this being who realizes that his time controlling things on earth is growing shorter by the day.
A lion is a fierce predator – the ” king of the Jungle.” You have little chance of survival against such an adversary. However, my mind immediately went to the description of another beast; another lion. This conqueror is known as the Lion of the tribe of Judah and He is the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament – Jesus Christ of Nazareth. What a difference in these two lions. One seeks to devour; the other to save.
I remember going to see the movie “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” based on the C.S. Lewis classic. There I was, a fifty-something, sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting to catch a glimpse of Aslan, the Christ-like lion in this wonderful story. He did not disappoint. Neither will my Savior. When he comes again, he will defeat that roaring lion. It’s a done deal.
The account of Jesus in the Bible includes many wonderful stories and one heartbreaking one – His torture and crucifixion. Imagine loving Him, believing in His Sovereignty, and watching Him die. What a lengthy time between Friday and Sunday, when all hope seemed gone. What a lesson for us when our circumstances seem bleak and unending.
Jesus is alive! He has conquered all our hopeless situations, every disease, and all our problems. Knowing that, we can call the devil a liar and embrace the hope that is ours in Christ. Happy Resurrection Sunday – He is risen!
One of my “bucket list” items has been to visit Israel and see many of the places I have read about in the Bible. During this weekend my mind drifts to the events that happened over two thousand years ago when Jesus died for me and paid the price for my sin. I have been following a CBN Facebook site, Jerusalem Dateline, since Palm Sunday. and have viewed the streets of the city for the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday, the Via Dolorosa or path Jesus took, carrying His cross, and finally today – the place where it is believed He was not only crucified but buried for a brief time.
The link is below if you too would like to visit. It’s the next best thing to actually being there.
Holy Week started two days ago, on Palm Sunday. The wonderful response to Jesus entering Jerusalem would change rapidly. Below is the Biblical chronology of events. Take time to ponder how much you are loved by your Father, that He would send His son for your salvation.
A couple of days ago as I walked outside on our back deck, I glanced over into my neighbor’s yard. Her trees were blooming in bright pink and white blossoms. Yesterday was the Spring Solstice that I used to teach about – the time when the sun is directly over the Equator as we move from the cold weather towards spring and summer. We’ve made it through winter, people!
What if we also viewed this change in our circumstances in light of the pandemic? What if we could change our fear of the Coronavirus into a journey towards hopefulness and healing. Whether by vaccines, immunity, or prayer, we are hopefully moving in the right direction. My underlying faith teaches me that God is in control and will orchestrate everything for our good if we believe and trust in Him. (Romans 8:28)
Let’s start believing in Him and He will bring us through. God bless.