Monday, March 21, 2016

"YOU WILL NOT SEE ME, AND THEN YOU WILL"


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
O God, who for our redemption gave Your only begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by His glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with Him in the joy of His resurrection.
Anglican Easter Prayer

This Day's Verse
“A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.”  So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?”  So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’?  We do not know what he is talking about.”  Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’?  Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.”
John 16:16-20
The English Standard Version

This Day's Smile
We are more sure to arise out of our graves than out of our beds.
Thomas Watson




RE: This Day's Verse

I don't know why, but as I read today's verse, I began to chuckle. For I and you know exactly what Jesus means: “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.”

But as I often say about the Bible, imagine living in those times! Jesus was so complex that he often placed parables in his sermons to help people to understand where he was coming from. As in the above, the disciples are perplexed, as I am sure we would be. But we have that glorious book called The Holy Bible, and all things are made clear to us.

Inasmuch as we have a perfect 'guide' for our lives, why do we only go, say, a fourth of the way or half way in obeying God's rules? He even sent His only Son, by divine and immaculate conception so that he would help us to understand what we must do and how we must live our lives. 

But still, some of you will begin a go at something and that little voice in your head says "Jesus would not approve", and then the devil on your shoulder says "Oh, it's such a small thing, go ahead and then Jesus will forgive you later", and so you go ahead and commit the sin.

I don't feel that most people realize the gravity and strength of Satan in our world and in our lives. People, he is alive and very strong. He will tempt you and sometimes you will follow and sometimes you will not. But one thing is clear to me from experience: Satan attacks the strongest of Jesus' followers the hardest!

But I have digressed (thank you, Holy Spirit!). We may read our Bibles and something just doesn't make sense. Thank goodness for the NIVs or else I would be as perplexed as the disciples at many points of the Bible.

Most of Jesus' words/quotes are found in the Gospels, especially the book of John. It is beautifully enlightening to read the words of our Lord spoken thousands of years ago.  I cannot stress it strongly enough - you MUST read, you MUST give proper thought, you MUST see what Jesus taught in his sermons all those years ago.

And the miracles! Imagine seeing a real miracle! The one that came to my mind first is the birth of a child. I can think of no better miracle that we see every day but take so much for granted than the creation and birth of a child. Hearts are breaking far and wide over abortion to innocent unborn. It won't ever end. But suffice to say, God will take care of it in time. 

This writing has gone in all different directions, but I feel some good points have been made, and hopefully you will see and appreciate them.

Please, celebrate this most Holy Week with The Holy Spirit in your heart, for the Passion of Christ comes on Thursday and it should be a day completely devoted to Jesus in your thoughts and prayers. And on Sunday, HE WILL BE RISEN!  God bless and keep you unto Him. Thank God that in a little while, we WILL see Jesus again!!!


Lovingly in Jesus,
ABBEY

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