Lately, I’ve been intrigued by what I see as a simple parallel between Jesus’ birth, life, ministry and walk to the cross and current events happening around the world. The most prominent world story that stands out at me right now is the one of East Ukraine telling the Jewish population that lives there that they must register with the government and pay a fee or suffer the consequences of deportation and loss of everything they own. While this angers and saddens me it isn’t the basis of this post. But, it does play into what I am observing, as I’m sure many of you are as well, and this parallel that I am intrigued by and other current world events. Earthquakes, fires, missing aircraft, major accidents, uprising and violence in other countries, the symbolism of the Blood Moon, you get the picture.
The parallel that so intrigues me is that Jesus knew he would be born and be fully God and fully man, that he would bring the good news of the gospel, that he would form bonds and friendships and ultimately that he would carry a cross, be hung from it and die the most excruciating death. At the same time, we who believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior know certain events will take place before He returns to capture His bride.
In my mind here is the simplistic parallel; there was no changing what Jesus had to do while on earth. If he backed out we would all suffer for our sins and live an eternity apart from God in complete and utter darkness. Likewise, there is no changing the events that lead up to His Second Coming. Our words, emotions and actions will not change the end of the story. It has been written and will come to pass.
We are commanded to make disciples of all the nations through the love and grace of Jesus Christ. When we focus on what is happening around us and around the world, we lose
precious time reaching the nations. He is our Rock, our Comfort in times of trouble. This life is nothing about us but about a restored relationship with Him and our call to bring Him glory.
God has a plan and you can trust Him with the end of the story.
The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;
indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. Psalm 93:1