Church leaders around the world will be addressing their followers in the Easter period for many reasons, most will focus on the state of the world and assign some measure of accountability to humans and our flawed state.
Yet few will focus on how the world we live in is evidence that we are at a personal tipping point.
The Gift God Gave!
We find ways to look at Jesus birth and death as isolated events, the priests, clergy and religious minds have used these celebrations as ways to generate income not faith.
Remember the words of the Angels to the Shepherds at Jesus birth: Luke 2: “10 And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: 11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”
Christ the Saviour – he made that clear when he stated at Matthew 20: 28 “even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.“
God promised this ransom when Adam and Eve rebelled against his lawful rulership.
Why a time of hope?
Jesus words again explain at Luke 21: 28 “But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads; because your redemption draweth nigh.“
Let the context explain Luke 21: 10 “Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11 and there shall be great earthquakes, and in divers places famines and pestilences; and there shall be terrors and great signs from heaven.”
At the point of salvation humanity will have faced a series of unparalleled events. These began in the 20th Century and have accelerated to this period in 2021.
So why commemorate the death of Jesus Christ in 33 CE in March 2021? The Psalmist puts it this way in Psalm 2: 7 “Let me proclaim the decree of Jehovah; He said to me: “You are my son; Today I have become your father. 8 Ask of me, and I will give nations as your inheritance And the ends of the earth as your possession. 9 You will break them with an iron sceptre, And you will smash them like a piece of pottery.” 10 So now, you kings, show insight; Accept correction, you judges of the earth. 11 Serve Jehovah with fear, And rejoice with trembling. 12 Honour the son, or God will become indignant And you will perish from the way, For His anger flares up quickly. Happy are all those taking refuge in Him.”
The raised Jesus Christ opens the only route to salvation and how we accept his role and rulership determines whether we are to be judged as righteous or face the consequences on rejecting “the Gift of God” his son who suffered and died for each of us.
It will soon be too late to recognise Christ as our saviour because as the Psalm 2 tells us he goes subduing his enemies. God doesn’t delight in the fact that billions will take no note and will lose their precious lives.
Follow this theme in part 2