Pandemic blues seem to have hit millions of people over the last couple of years. We read of couples who were in love falling out of it and being locked in with their former partners, of children not being able to go to school, and mothers home schooling while working online, of an increase in suicides and drug addiction, abuse and other things. It is not a pretty picture. Yet some people have taken the time, saved by working online, to be positive. One woman lost half of herself through dieting and healthy eating - no more snacking on fast foods lounging in front of the TV. Millions of others have started learning a musical instrument, piano, singing, guitar and drums are apparently the most popular. There are many online sites where you can do it without paying a cent. And of course, there are any number of world languages that you can learn in a fun way on Duolingo for free. Years ago, I completed the French course, and being very rusty now, considered doing it again. However, having German speaking members of my family am probably signing up for the German course. Too much of my spare time is spent on world politics, so a change to learning German will be good. The world is becoming increasingly evil: constraints are disappearing. and things never thought or spoken of before, are now written about. The Bible foretold the increase in evil at the end times which, I believe, we are witnessing now. The pandemic has also brought our mortality to mind: we fear Covid. So many we know, or love, have died. A strange and fearful disease. I know an old man who has cancer and diabetes and survived Covid and another healthy, young doctor, who died. Christians are blest indeed. We know where we are going. We are going to Heaven where God dwells in glory, and where some of our loved ones already are. If you are not a Christian, please use this time to buy a Bible and John Stotts famous book, BASIC CHRISTIANITY to help you understand it. It is your investment for eternity.
Don’t try and find this quote from Larry King! There are so many! But I remember watching him on TV and hearing him say, ”I love interviewing children under four because they tell the truth, and people over 80 because they no longer care what they say.”
We are often tempted to tell a white lie because we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, we feel that the end justifies the means.
My Dad was not like that! When I was sixteen, I bought a dress. It had a black bodice and a full skirt with huge red cabbage roses on it. It spun out when I twirled around. I thought I looked dazzling! My Dad looked at me and said, “A good-looking girl looks better in something simple.”
People don’t trust car salesmen, estates agents, politicians or the media, and for good reason because many of them have given their jobs a very bad name. The phrase, buyer beware, must not be forgotten! Truth is daily becoming a rare commodity.
Jesus Christ told the truth and it made him a controversial figure. The elite of his day hated him so much that in the end they crucified him.
The Pharisees, Sadducees and lawyers of the time did not understand Jesus Christ at all. They peppered him with questions. Of this group, let’s consider the Pharisees. They criticized Jesus, but he, in turn, criticized them even more! They had no inkling that they were speaking to God Incarnate. The Pharisees based their lives on two things: Scripture and Tradition. Scripture was the LAW which Moses had received from God. Tradition was oral and had been handed down from their elders. It enabled them to circumvent Scripture and the Law. In other words, in the Pharisees’ minds, these were co-equal. Christ said Scripture was the standard, nothing else. The Pharisees, with the notable exceptions of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, grew increasingly furious, and planned Christ’s death. forcing Pilate’s hand to execute our Lord.
John, in his gospel writes:”… we beheld his glory….full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14). Jesus Christ was the epitome of truth.
God bless you
Ps A book I can recommend is John Stott’s acclaimed BUT I SAY TO YOU…CHRIST THE CONTROVERSIALIST