Advertising is an interesting field. Advertisers want the consumer to believe something without really saying it – because it may not be true. Take for example toilet paper commercials (sorry). The ads say the toilet paper will make you “feel” clean. They don’t say that the toilet paper will make you clean. They want us to believe that we will be cleaner by using their product because we will “feel” clean. Is it a lie? Deceptive? It’s virtually the truth. Virtually is another catch phrase that they love to use.
Jesus didn’t use catch phrases or bend the truth. He said it like it was and is – and that’s what so often got him into trouble. Jesus is very black and white without fluff to make us “feel” better. This is a challenge for us as we deal with sin, forgiveness, repentance, life, hurts, and (shhh) judgment.
The world fears God’s judgment and rules. It wants to soften the message with “feel good” messages. Jesus said I can make you clean but you need to follow me. There is a price to pay. Sorry Oprah.
By fearing the tough stuff, the world misses out on all the great stuff – Love, Joy, Life, etc.
Don’t forget your calling today but stand firm in Jesus commands and in His Love – not empty promises but everlasting life!
12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.[a] When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
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For those of you that read legal or financial documents, you will be familiar with this line. I’ve always thought that it was silly. Why take the effort to write that a page is intentionally left blank? Is there a lawyer getting paid by the page?
Always curious, I Googled it. Hmmm, here is the answer: “in which the reader might otherwise suspect that the blank pages are due to a printing error and where missing pages might have serious consequences”.
The point is that the author intentionally left the page blank and he/she wants the reader to know it. The author doesn’t want any question over whether it is a mistake or that a page is missing.
Jesus spoke clearly and directly to everyone he encountered. He also made his silence clear when it was necessary. What scares you more, Jesus talking to you or Jesus standing there staring at you not saying a word? His silence frightens me. It makes me look at myself and realize how foolish I am, how powerless I am, and how small I am compared to HIM. Wouldn’t you have liked to have been one of those with a rock in your hand threatening to stone the adulterous woman only to face Jesus sitting on the ground drawing in the dirt? Pilot had one of those encounters too. Very scary.
Jesus is leaving another page intentionally blank – our record. Aren’t you glad that we have been cleaned by his sacrifice and that we can rejoice with HIM?
John 19:9 and Pilate went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
Blessings to you as you live in His Kingdom!
This past Sunday, 60 minutes ran a story about the town inFlorida where the space shuttles were launched. Since the government closed down the space program, this town has been decimated. Almost everyone has lost their jobs, businesses have left, and real estate has lost almost all value. People interviewed broke down in tears over their losses. The resounding response was “I feel like such a failure”. I felt bad for them but I wondered “Why do they feel like failures?” This wasn’t their fault. They lived and built a town and their only mistake was thinking that the space program would go on forever.
This is a common feeling in America lately. Most of the men I know in their 50’s feel like failures because they are not where they wanted to be at this age. (I’m not preaching this to anyone else – I have struggled with this for years). Loss of jobs, loss of income, loss of investments, life decisions that did not work out, life struggles, etc. Many of us feel like Joseph down in the pit wondering what we did wrong and how we will ever get out of this mess.
With failure on my mind, I thought I’d do a word study in the Bible. I searched the NIV for failure – nothing. I searched the King James – nothing. I searched American Standard – one verse and it didn’t apply. I searched the Amplified – ah, 5 mentions, many didn’t apply. Why are we so focused on a concept that God didn’t choose to address with any severity? Why is failure so feared when God really doesn’t make it an issue? Maybe we’re so focused on our earthly failures and successes that we lose focus on the heavenly call that God has for us.
Again, I’m praying for myself in this. I pray for God to abound in us and reveal His glory and mercy. I pray that we do not fall to the spirit of failure but to stand in His righteous calling!
Please read Numbers 11. vs 15 “let me not see my wretchedness(in the failure of my efforts)