With the month of March, we come to days that we can greet Spring, but also to days that we remember the prophet of God, who came to suffer a lot.
Already early, at the beginning of mankind, a first prophecy was given, that he would come into the world and would get wounded for man’s sake.
“14 And the LORD God said to the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field: upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 To the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children: and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And to Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou shalt return to the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and to dust shalt thou return.” (Ge 3:14-19 Webster)
Man had rebelled against God, but that would not have to mean all man would go against the Divine Creator.
At the time of pronouncing judgment upon the first rebels, Jehovah God spoke that prophecy, couched in a symbolic phrase, setting forth his purpose to use an agency, a “seed,” to effect the ultimate crushing of the rebel forces. (Genesis 3:15)
The realization of the promise of that “seed” is in the kingdom of Christ Jesus in union with his chosen associates.
“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Re 17:14 Webster)
Those associates have to look for themselves what they want to believe and how far they want to go in their “belief” or “faith”.
As an example of suffering and patience, they shall have to take all those prophecies from the men of ancient times at heart (James 5:10). With the knowledge of what is written in those ancient books, assembled in the Book of books, the Bible, we must determine our choice. Knowing that all these things happened unto us as examples, written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come, we should look at that sent one from God whose gathering with his closest followers we shall remember soon, on 14 Nisan.
We are reminded that we can cast our burden upon Jehovah our God, and are given the assurance that He shall sustain us.
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain thee: he will never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Ps 55:22 Webster)
These coming days we shall think of the sent one from God who surely has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” (Isa 53:4 Webster)
He walked around giving his love to many around him. At one moment several people welcomed him in Jerusalem as their king. But a few days later they would react differently.
To those around him he sent an invitation to come unto him. He invited all those who had difficulties and who were heavy laden. Like he healed many who he met, he told that when people would come to him he was willing to give them rest. This counts still for us today. When we are willing to take his yoke upon us, and are willing to learn of him and from him, we shall find guidance and a peaceful mind.
“28 Come to me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me: for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mt 11:28-30 Webster)
It should not be difficult to get to know Jesus. It is also not so difficult to come to follow him and to trust him. We may be sure that everything he said is true and shall come true.
When you are feeling tired, worn out, burned out, not sure about your religion, dare to examine the Scriptures and come to learn about Jesus Christ. Even if you do not know so much about him and his heavenly Father, dare to go to him and dare to speak already to Jesus his heavenly Father, his only God. You will notice that as soon as you regularly start talking to the God of Jesus, That God, Jehovah, shall be willing to give His ear to you and shall start helping and guiding you.
The coming weeks are preparation weeks for remembering how God helped His people Israel to escape from slavery in Egypt. It are also weeks that we prepare ourselves for remembering that not only God’s People, Israel was saved from slavery, but that all people are given an opportunity to be freed from (any) slavery.
Come to Jesus.
In many cultures it is now time of lent, a solemn religious observance and period of penitential preparation in the liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday is a day when people should solemnly remind how mortal they are. As a sign of human mortality the priest places a sign of the cross with ashes, on the forehead of the believer in the Catholic and Anglican and some other churches. That Wednesday should be for the congregants a sign of their knowledge of mortality and of the need for reconciliation with God. It marks the beginning of the penitential Lenten season. It is commonly observed with ashes and fasting.
Lots of people think this world can deliver everything they need. Most people love this world and aim to gather as much money and wealth they can get. Lots of people got enslaved to this world and his material lust.
The Scriptures show us a better world and lets us know that when coming to Christ Jesus, there are many betters installed for those who want to follow him. Get away with the followers of Jesus and “get with him”. You shall see that you shall be able to recover your life.
Jesus is the one who can show you how to take a real rest. Therefore, dare to walk with him and work with him — watch how he does it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. You may be sure that he won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with him and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
In the weeks to come before many shall celebrate Easter, think about Christ Jesus, who he is and what he really has done. Think also about those Christians who do not celebrate Easter but keep to God’s given festival of commemoration days, 14-22 Nisan, of which the 14th of Nisan or Passover (Pascha or Pesach) is their most special day of the year, to gather and show their commitment to Jesus and his God.
Like the Jews, in preparation for that day, start cleaning their houses and examining themselves what they might have done wrong in the past year, we also should check if we did not do the wrong things and should make sure we, like the Jews, throw out the “dirt” of our previous days, to become liberated by the “bloodshed of the lamb“.
These days let us remind ourselves how Jesus was willing to put his own will aside to do the will of God, and how he put his own self aside to bring a ransom offering for God so that we, by his suffering and death could be cleansed of all our sins.
Let us prepare ourselves to be clean and ready to commemorate that most important day that Jesus offered himself as a lamb for God, paying the ransom for the curse of death, that the first human beings brought over mankind.
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