Are we finding many things either missing in our lives? Many things that we once relied on? Many things that we once confided in? Things, like certain friendships, finances, etc…? Many things that have proven to be useless in the face of our life challenges?
From the time Jesus started his ministry, God started pruning him. Those who used to be amazed at his wisdom in the temple, are now trying to stone him. Those who followed him and were empowered to chase demons, raise the dead, and proclaim the good news, left him. His earthly life was now better off a sacrifice for our sins than lived in isolation, than lived as a threatening burden to the rest of the disciples who really had nowhere else to go except hiding.
“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”(Job 1:21)
A time will come when, as the church, we will be very thankful for leaving this world. Until then, let us share the joy of our salvation by preaching the good news of us being saved from God’s wrath, being saved by God, being saved through Christ, being saved by this new birth of us of the Holy Spirit, being saved by grace. Amen.