Monday, January 10, 2011

monday's deeper thoughts.

Yesterday our pastor shared this quote and James and I both thought it was really I thought I would share it with you too.

One of the ruling passions of humanity is the search for a righteous government.  The poor and the disadvantaged contend against 'the system' with the conviction that another economic order will make the world livable. Every four years the American people elect a new president with the hope that somehow this will make things better.  Economic downturns, crop failures, moral declines and worsening international conditions are all blamed on presidents- who is most cases have little control over events. In the heart of the people is a groping, inarticulate conviction that if the right ruler would only come along, the world would be healed of all its wounds.  Creation is headless and desperately searching for its head.

-Richard Lovelace, Renewal as a Way of Life

What 'we' are searching for {non-believers and unfortunately many believers alike} has already come and His name is Jesus!

Colossians 2:9-10- "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority."
Luke 4:14-21- "Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

    “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, 
   because he has anointed me 
   to proclaim good news to the poor. 
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners 
   and recovery of sight for the blind, 
to set the oppressed free, 
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them,Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Jesus didn't come like everyone expected, even His own followers. He came as a baby to live the life that you and I could not and die in our place.  Jesus came to bring good news that there is freedom from sin in Him because our pardon was purchased with his death. He came to set the oppressed free. He came to heal the wounds of the world.

Sometimes we wander through life searching for the right ruler. We get upset when our earthly leaders (regardless of the political side you take) can't do what they "promised" and hope that next time we will elect someone who will do better. We wait around hoping that they will do something to change our lives for the better, rather than proclaiming that Jesus is really the only one who can change people's hearts and lives.

I am not saying that we shouldn't care about who we elect to lead our country, but I am reminding you and I that this morning if you know Jesus, you already know the right ruler and one day He is coming back to make everything right and new!


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