A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (23)

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  – Matthew 3:1&2

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John the Baptist had a definite purpose on this earth…  it was to proclaim that the time to repent of sin and turn to God, through His Son, Christ Jesus – is NOW!  Guess what?  Every follower of Christ has the same purpose.  We are here to share the gospel – the good news – of Jesus Christ.  It’s our reason for living and our purpose on this planet.

I have a unique way of learning Scripture and enriching my relationship with the Lord.  I grew up in a generation that was smitten with theatre – but I had a great interest in religious themed theatre…  namely, “Godspell” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”.  Every time one of those shows was playing, I did my best to get tickets and take a group of friends to see it.  I love the music in both plays.  I still listen to those soundtracks in the car – and sing with them at the top of my lungs!  It makes God smile – and sometimes He laughs too.

This portion of Scripture gets me singing “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” from “Godspell.”

What can I say?  You either watch this and wonder what kind of crazy person is writing this blog…  or, like me – you see a sea of symbolism in every frame.  I cried as I watched it – because I saw people ditching their STUFF and running to the fountain.  They knew that whatever they were hanging on to would not be needed – because Christ is all they need.  One woman kicked off her shoes – I love it!

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Did you see the guy standing on the banks – on the sideline – not getting in the water?  He’s the doubter – he’s the one who is almost persuaded.  He’s the one we’re ministering to most of all.  We love to sharpen the iron of brothers and sisters – and it’s a lot of fun to do that – but we really want to encourage the ones standing at the side – watching – dry – still hanging on to their stuff, because in the world stuff is very important.  In the world it’s frowned upon to jump into fountains.  Isn’t the world boring?

Will you kick off your shoes and jump into the fountain?  Come to Christ just as you are – He cares about you – not your handbag or shoes – not your new hairstyle – none of that matters once you find Jesus.  🙂

 

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MATTHEW 3:1 ON 3/1

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Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”   – Matthew 3:1-2

The message that John the Baptist preached so long ago is the same message we preach today.  Yes, in his day Jesus was walking the earth and John did indeed baptize Christ!  He who was without sin felt the need to be cleansed before His Father?  That blows my mind.  Who are we to think we don’t need to repent and be baptized?  We are all fallen sinners by our very nature.

We are in the last days.  I have felt this in my spirit for a while as I watch world events unfold.  If there is someone you want to help into the kingdom of God, now is the time to do it.  Use the gifts and talents that God endowed you with to love them and teach them about the narrow way.  There is one way to heaven and that’s through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

It is not through ANYTHING we do.  Nope.  It is the sacrifice HE made that paves the narrow path that leads to heaven and eternal life with God.  When you become a Christian, God sees His Son, Jesus when He looks at you.  I know that’s hard to grasp, but see, God cannot look upon sin.  He just can’t – it’s not possible.  He sent Christ to this earth to be the sacrificial Lamb of God.  He’s the only one who could cleanse us from sin.  That’s why we need to believe on Him for our eternal security.

We hear our Buddhist friends talk about how to be “centered”.  Well, I choose to have the living Christ be centered in my heart and spirit than have the dead Buddha in my life at all.  Lucinda reminds us that Jesus was in the middle of everything from the beginning – and HE will remain in the middle throughout eternity!  Make Him the Lord of your life and keep Him in the middle of your heart and life.

IN THE MIDDLE

 

David reminds us today that when the LORD returns for us, it will happen very quickly!  Scripture tells us that it will be in the twinkling of an eye – and there will be no time to repent at that moment.  Be ready for His return.

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

Today I want Christians to be reminded that we play a role very similar to that of John the Baptist.  We are here to proclaim the gospel of Christ.  He is coming back to snatch His own from this sinful place very soon.  I’ll see you in the rapture.  Hallelujah!  😀