Summary: Jesus is coming soon. Will you be ready?
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Pastor James May
HOPE OUT OF DESOLATION
Luke 13:34-35, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord."
Nearly 2000 years ago Jesus stood on the top of the mountain overlooking the capital city of his chosen people. Israel had been chosen by God Almighty to be the nation that would bring the message of salvation and to bring forth the Savior for all mankind.
He knew what was soon to befall those who were living in that city just a short time later. It would be less than 40 years later, in 70 AD that the Roman Army symbolized by the Eagle, would swoop down, cover the city and utterly destroy it just as Jesus would prophecy that it would be done. The beautiful buildings and the temple would be destroyed so that the walls would be leveled and every citizen taken captive or killed with the sword.
This great city of the Jews, so loved by Jesus, would soon be destroyed and the nation of the Jews would be scattered like lost sheep upon the hills of the earth to remain in that condition until 1948 when, once again, the flag of the nation of Israel would once again flutter in the wind above the city.
The Jews had ignored their final warning. Even worse, they had rejected the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, and would suffer untold agony for many generations to come because of their great sin of unbelief.
Jesus stands before the world where we live and I can feel the sorrow in His face and I can almost hear Him cry out in love to our lost and dying world. How much does he have to do get our attention? What price must He pay before we will hear His voice?
Yet our world, just as it was in the time of His earthly ministry, still rejects the Messiah. There is nothing that will incite men to riot quicker than to mention the name of Jesus in a crowd of unbelievers. They will accept anything but that name. No other name has the power and glory of Jesus’ name. No other name has the power to heal, to deliver, to set free and to save the lost soul. No other name brings peace, prosperity and joy like that name does. But man won’t accept that name because they prefer to live in sin and darkness.
How much gospel must be preached before we, in America, will begin to listen. Jesus stands weeping over America for America has shaken its fist in the face of God and declared Him as irrelevant to our times. America has been shaken and I believe that we will be shaken again and again and again until we finally come to our senses and bow our knee before the Lord in repentance for our evil and self-sufficiency, if we ever do.
Romans 10:15-16, "… as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel…"
Yes, we have the message that is needed for the hour and what a beautiful message it is. The message of peace, the message of salvation, the message of deliverance, and all good things that Jesus offers is preached every hour on the radio, TV, the Internet, and in pulpits across our land and yet I wonder how many really hear? I wonder if anyone is listening? Are we just talking to the wind? Are we making an impact?