On the verge of celebrating 66 Christmas times I look back with some nostalgia mixed with unspoken regrets. It is too late for some of the career choices I had hoped to make. It is too late for some of the ministry I had once thought I would do. It is too late for more children. It is too late for another talk with Dad, a different way I could have treated my family or even better stewardship of the money that has passed through my hands. But Martha’s encounter with Jesus at the edge of Bethany gives me hope that:
It is never too late for Him to come. It is never too late to listen to His word. His heart has been with me and you every moment of every hour and He has come to share this day with us. Even now; tombs will be opened, grave clothes removed and life renewed at the sound of His voice! No matter the moment, no matter thehour it is never too late for Jesus!
I have not been to Israel
To touch its Holy sites
Nor to the Sea of Galilee
Where You taught your disciples
But Your voice that calmed a storm
Has spoken in my mind
And Your hands that healed the sick
Have gently taken mine
And the Lord of all the earth
Has walked with me today
To forgive my sin
Renew my Hope
And give me Life
Teach me His Truth
So I could learn His Way
No matter how you were hurt or how greatly you failed Yesterday was the last day of the past of your life – Today is the first of the rest!
When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
Matthew 28:17 NKJV
I love the honesty of God’s word. It never airbrushes over the faults or weaknesses of His people. Try to imagine seeing Jesus with your own eyes after the resurrection. You are listening to His voice, seeing the marks of nails in His hands and yet there remain some doubts. Jesus knows! He is not fooled by our outward religiosity. He sees into our hidden and most intimate thoughts and yet, He accepts us. Instead of rebuking the doubters in the crowd He simply put out a call for action. Doubts or no doubts, here is what needs to be done; “Go into all the world and…” That call still echoes in our 21st century world. We do have our doubts but our faith asks the question “What will we do today?”.
One of the great questions I have sometimes is not whether God would really forgive me because of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. I accept this by faith without fully understanding because the Bible tells me so. What puzzles me more is why an infinitely pure holy and powerful God would care to spend eternity with me. And then I come to this verse and am reminded that while the distance from the North to South poles is fixed (12,430 miles) from East to West there is no measure. That measure”s limit lies beyond the edge of the universe, just like the love and mercy of God!
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
II Timothy 4:7
Sometimes what looks like the end of the road is really just the beginning of life’s greatest adventure!
I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears Psalm 34:4
God knows and He hears is our Immanuel, but He is also something more, He is “Moshia” Our Deliverer. Jesus not only goes with us through our problems, He is able to deliver, which can be translated as Save or Heal as well.
Imagine you have a high fever and a terrible cough. You go to your family doctor whom you trust and who has taken care of you for years. He takes x-rays, listens to your chest and takes your blood pressure. Then he clears his throat and says, “Well you definitely have a severe case of pneumonia. If it isn’t treated this week you could die, but the bad news is I have no antibiotics left to give you In fact there has been such a run on anti-biotics this year that the entire supply is depleted and you will just have to go home to die! I wish I could help. I would like to help but I can’t!”
You might laugh and say, “That never happens!” There is always someone who can help!” But as certain as we are in small problems that we do understand, we also need to believe that no matter what we face; Jesus is “Moshia” He is our deliverer. He not only knows our problem. He not only cares about our problem. Jesus holds the waves and wind of our storms under his command. Jesus is king over every King. Jesus is the forgiver of every sin. Jesus is the healer of every disease (whether we pick up our prescription here or in heaven)! Jesus knows about not just some of our problems, not just some of our hurts and not just some of our fears. Jesus knows them all. Jesus is “Moshia” who delivers us from ALL our fears!