Monday, November 23, 2009

Scripture On Sundays - Christ Is King, the Alpha & the Omega

From Daniel 7:13-14  This was a vision Daniel the prophet had on what the Messiah would be like.
13 "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was One like a Son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

From Revelation 1:4-8  The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
4John,  To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before His throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.  To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, 6and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father—to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
7Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen.
8"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."

From John 18:33-37  Listen to the King of Truth
33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked Him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" 
34 "Is that your own idea," Jesus asked, "or did others talk to you about Me?"
35"Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It was Your people and Your chief priests who handed You over to me. What is it You have done?"
36Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now My kingdom is from another place."
37"You are a king, then!" said Pilate.
Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me."

I would like to say that Christians from the different denominations are uniting and many have signed an official declaration of that purposeful unity.  Click on to read more about it. 

On the basis of our religious freedoms, these Americans are the ones who believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, our King, and are taking a stand on matters of respect for life and marriage.  These beliefs are being threatened and trampled upon by our current culture of liberal thinkers and secular progressives who want to keep an unjust law (abortion) the way it is, and continue to promote changing our government's policies and laws on the definition of marriage.  The Christian believers are standing firm on what is the truth. 

Common sense would tell the practical person, who has not been desensitized into believing otherwise by the media and culture, that these Christian truths are obviously what's morally right.  There is such a thing as an unjust law.  There are those who have been successful, unfortunately, in convincing many Americans that it's a good and just law that a woman has the right to choose to end the life of her unborn child.  Even if it's conceived through rape....but is that the baby's fault?  Does it deserve to have it's life snuffed out because of that?  What do you think the percentage is of women who actually need an abortion to save her own life?  What do you think the percentage is of abortions that are done for reasons of inconvenience?  Wouldn't you think the latter's percentage is far greater? 

Now they are trying to redefine marriage, by convincing many that it is OK, even proper to give legal marriage rights to those who choose to have a sexual relationship with a person of the same sex.  Do we want to believe what has been taught by Christ the King, or should we believe what some mere humans or governmental officials want us to believe (and maybe they say they're for it just to win votes)?  Who would you really think has our best interest at heart?  Liberal politicians or God?  Who knows what's best for us?  Jesus knows we humans have a habit of getting ourselves into difficult situations.  Would Jesus think destroying life and changing the definition of marriage are acceptable and lawful....and good for us and our society? 

Sadly, we live in an imperfect world, with imperfect people, who many times make poor judgements.  But Jesus loved the sinners, according to all the Bible stories and He's always ready to forgive.  He knows they are the ones who need His help and guidance.       

But there are the stubborn ones and there comes to a point in time where push comes to shove, and we fellow humans are drawing a line in the sand with our progressive brethern, by this declaration.  It's actually long overdue, in my opinion.      

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