“Everything depends on our being right in Christ. If I want good apples, I must have a good apple tree. If I care for the health of the apple tree, the apple tree will give me good apples. And it is just so with our Christian life and work. If our life with Christ is right, all will come out right.” Andrew Murray
If we are right with Him, then our world should see the results of our being attached to the eternal, divine Vine-Jesus. And we have all the instructions for becoming the fruit the world needs. Do not let the weariness, the cares, the endless distractions keep you from getting your nutrients from Jesus. Spend time with Him today. Whatever is before you, remember to let him carry the load. And we are his branches. It is our job to go and produce fruit. Then all will come out right in the end.
It has been a couple of days since the appearance of what is being called the “Super Moon.” Some truly amazing pictures were taken from around the world. Professional and amateur photographers as well as NASA turned their attention toward the moon. After looking at several pictures, because I missed the event, I was struck by not only the images, but also on how many people commented on it. Then I asked myself how many missed “the event” because our attention was elsewhere.
Many have already missed “the event.” And many more will miss it. What event is this? The coming of Christ. Despite books, films, testimonies, and organizations proclaiming His first and foretelling his second coming many will miss it as well.
The moon’s beauty on the horizon was spectacular. But is seeing or participating in this or any other event worth missing the signs of the coming of Christ? For believers, we can stop to appreciate the beauty and majesty of God in nature, noting that the “real event” of Christ Jesus far outweighs anything in this world.
The film by Mel Gibson, The Passion of the Christ depicts the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ on earth. If anyone who has seen the film can’t help but be moved by the gruesome, horrific scenes. However, there are some poignant ones. One in particular tugged at my heart. Jesus’ mother running to get closer to Jesus as he’s carrying his cross. Followed by a disciple and the other Mary, she stopped with tears dripping down her face, frozen in time as her mind floats back to a earlier time.
Caught between two moments in time, she remembers,when he was a child and had fallen and she ran to comfort him, and now this moment her son now a man has fallen to the ground, bloody, bruised, beaten. She runs to him again and gently touches his face when he speak to her in whispers, “See mother, I make all things new.” Sorrow and hope wrapped in precious blood surrounded by sneers, taunts, whips, angry voices. Abundant life slowly, straining with every painful step through Via Dolorosa to create a new, bright shiny life for the world-for you and me.
Life eternal—eternal love. Nicholas of Cusa was a Christian mystic who lived during the 1400s wrote Vision of God. One quote that touched me deeply last night was “Life eternal is nought other than that blessed regard wherewith Thou never ceasest to behold me, yea, even the secret places of my soul. With Thee to behold is to give life; ’tis unceasingly to impart sweetest love of Thee; ’tis to inflame me to love of Thee by love’s imparting, and to feed me by inflaming, and by feeding to kindle my yearning, and by kindling to make me drink of the dew of gladness, and by drinking to infuse in me a fountain of life, and by infusing to make it increase and endure.”
To know love so completely that you glow with the radiant light of the Son. To feel the warm embrace of His loving arms around you in any and all situations. To see His loving reflection in your eyes, and know that all is well with your soul. That is life eternal.