You may have been listening
when I talked about why Christ came to earth, and the point was that although in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, there
were times when God punished even His Chosen People, the Jewish people, for disobeying Him, or worshipping other gods. But
I countered with the fact that Jesus came to earth in human form with a better way, with His Father’s blessing.
And I’ll go a bit farther with that, with an example. Time after time, especially before David became
King, he would ask God to cut down those who were trying to kill him. He wanted revenge against those mean people.
But that Better Way I mentioned, was that Jesus came to be with us as The Christ, and His Way was “love”
and “forgiveness.” He said that if we fail to forgive those who do us wrong, that He won’t be able to forgive
us for our own sins. And in the book of Matthew, chapter 18, when the Apostle Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive
another person, and asked, “seven times?” Jesus said, “nay I say unto thee, until seventy times seven.”
And of course what He meant was not 490 times, but as many times as he was wronged.
That’s hard. There are people who find that you’re what they term a “softie,” and
they take advantage of you with lies or whatever they choose to get what they want. Even nations are like that. You know the
old saying…”If you want to get things better, get in a war with the United States and lose; then they’ll
take care of you.” Witness Germany and Japan after World War Two…their cities were in shambles from our bombings,
so we went in and made it possible for them to rebuild. But God sees, and I believe we’re the better for our helping
Be Christ-like as much as possible. He’s a good role model.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.