If you were to read the 8th Psalm, you will see how amazed the Psalmist was as he simply looked at the world we live in;the skies above us. He was amazed at the stars and the willows as the wept. As he describes it, Yahweh had created all of the Cosmos and gave it to his man. That was amazing! Then, in the 12th chapter of Mark, Jesus gave an amazing analogy of what happened to his man:
Using an illustration, Yeshua spoke to them. “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, made a vat for the winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to vineyard workers and went on a trip.
“At the right time he sent a servant to the workers to collect from them a share of the grapes from the vineyard. The workers took the servant, beat him, and sent him back with nothing. So the man sent another servant to them. They hit the servant on the head and treated him shamefully. The man sent another, and they killed that servant. Then he sent many other servants. Some of these they beat, and others they killed.
“He had one more person to send. That person was his son, whom he loved. Finally, he sent his son to them. He thought, ‘They will respect my son.’
“But those workers said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
“What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the workers and give the vineyard to others. Have you never read the Scripture passage:
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
11 The Lord has done this,
and it is amazing for us to see’?” (Mark 12 1-11)
Wow! That’s a pretty graphic analogy, isn’t it? Pretty accurate, too! That is exactly what we have done. “Hey! If we can get rid of this Jesus fellow, we can have our own way.” Even today people hate hearing the Truth of the Gospel. They much prefer to make their own decisions.
The author of the letter to the Hebrew church, in a way, took Jesus’ story and broke it down much more directly:
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets many times and in many different ways. But now in these last days God has spoken to us through his Son (Hebrews 1:1-2)
So I, in turn, am going to be just a direct: You have heard the message; you have heard the Truth regarding your need of Salvation. In fact, Jesus made it perfectly clear during his conversation with Nicodemus:
God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world. (John 3:16-17).
Ooh, we love to hear that one . . . but as I continually point out, Jesus didn’t stop there:
Those who believe in him won’t be condemned. But those who don’t believe are already condemned [They are? How come?] because they don’t believe in God’s only Son.
This is why people are condemned: The light came into the world. Yet, people loved the dark rather than the light because their actions were evil. People who do what is wrong hate the light and don’t come to the light. They don’t want their actions to be exposed. [Well there you have it! Jesus made it very clear!] But [See? Many love their sin . . . BUT] people who do what is true come to the light so that the things they do for God may be clearly seen”
“Oh come on, Nickolas. You are always harping on this.”
Yep, I am. The reason is real simple. This is a message we must hear! But it also a message many prefer to ignore . . . in fact, if you point this out to them, they will get angry with you.
Sorry folks. I didn’t write, so don’t send the angry emails to me.
With these Morning Messages, I take you on guided tours to, as Bunyan described, the Celestial City. At times we linger at corners familiar and unseen. And explore the depths of our faith along the way.
The trail is long, but there’s no hurry. Though we do need to stock up on supplies for the way, and that’s where I need your help. If you enjoy these messages, please consider becoming a contributing member of this tour group. It will be very much appreciated.