We are all dead before Christ and thus we cannot see, hear, or perceive Anything, especially what is True. So when Jesus comes to a dead man, he will not see Him. Logic tells us to dress Jesus in a tuxedo, or football jersey, or even cross dress Him…. But logic omits to tell us that the dead man cannot see Jesus whether He wears sack cloths or tuxedos, or whatever we want to dress Him up in. To care for dead people is not to cater to them in their death but to pray for them to have Life. Life will give them senses to see, hear, and perceive. Without Life Jesus, in whatever you dress Him in, is just another image they cannot see, hear, or perceive.
How often have you heard that Jesus Himself is Life? That He has not come to give us a better life, but that He has come to give life to dead people. He gave Himself to dead people. There is no such thing as a better Life, for Jesus is best and there is no better Him. But we can get closer to Life. and the closer we get to Life the more we see how dead we really are in the first place and how much it really cost Him to cover all our sins, (present, past and future) in order to call us righteous…in order to call us His children!
If you are coming to Christ just the way you are, it has to be because you realize the way you are isn’t working and you want Him to change you. Christ never accepts a person just the way they are and leaves them that way, remember He came for the sick needing a doctor. He was thinking more surgery needing sick people not “I could use a check-up” type people. Jesus can’t improve your life, He only gives life to dead people. Before Christ you were without Him and without Him you had no life. One serious problem we have today is people don’t know they are dead… This is an essential truth.
The problem is…
There are too many words
Too much noise
Way too many images to keep out
But it has always been this way. We must seek the silence in order to hear The Lord speak. We must shut it all up and out, and find a secret place.
If you listen…He is always speaking.
“‘Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter…’ And the disciples came and took the body and buried it and they went and told Jesus. When He heard this He withdrew to a desolate place in a boat but when the crowds heard they followed Him on foot to that desolate place and Jesus had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
WOW! That sounds like a Memorial Day in the Kingdom of God on earth to me! Jesus working in the midst of His sorrow, or maybe even because of His sorrow. I will be honest, I like Memorial Day in this egocentric country because it means days off, BBQ, and friends with laughter. But in light of the concept it’s built upon, I am most perplexed. How on earth do we honor fallen troops by having a relaxing break? Wouldn’t we work to accomplish the goal they were working toward, of we truly loved them. Here is what I see Jesus doing. He went away by Himself, which absolutely seems like a dark place of mourning, which is not bad just doesn’t look like our Memorial Day so far… But then He engaged the crowds, serving them through healing their sick and feeding them! Now that looks a bit more like our Memorial Day but not completely, actually only faintly do they resemble. The motive is the biggest distinguishing fact. Jesus didn’t gather His 12 disciples and have a fish fry, not instead He gathered them and had them serving 5,000 plus their families. After they just helped Him heal all those people. They were tired and they probably wanted the break we take on this day so they ask Jesus to send the crowd away so they can eat, and if I were them I would be thinking and so I can eat myself! But Jesus says, no break beloved children, we will serve them all the more.
These are just my observations, because is believe Memorial Day is biblical. Just not in the way we do it. Ought it to have something to do with my brother John whose head sat on a platter, and my siblings who had to go get the body bury it and report It to Jesus. May it have something to do with the deaths of the 12 apostles, the 120 followers of Jesus, those who followed and died because of them, Stephen, how about Jim Elliot, Martin Luther, Brother Yun. How about those those just died for their faith today? Those are the troops ! They are not our troops, they are on the same force as you, why do you get to take a break from your break of a life? Let us honor them by joining with them in the work they do, dying with them everyday whether physically or spiritually.
I am so grateful for those who came before me, those who labored so that I may have the living word of God in my hands and heart. I hope you are do, for this freedom came at the price of our brothers blood. And they hoped we would not die the same way as they but that we might live to do what at they had no freedom to do. Now is the opportune time, now is not the time for a break but time to work and mourn our losses but their gain.