Luke 12: 54-59 Interpreting the Present Time
The Lord gave sight to the blind; sound to the deaf; and healing to the crippled. The power of God was seen, heard, felt and experienced in the person of Jesus. Judge for yourselves who is God, who is Jesus and what is right?
Many Pharisees and scribes, political figures, emperors and kings had a very hard time accepting the Lord’s authority. Some very wise men have a hard time accepting it today. They ask the questions that should have been asked two thousand years ago:
“How do we know that Jesus even existed?”
“How do we know that Jesus performed miracles?”
“How do we know that the Bible is really what Jesus said and did?”
But the Lord asks us his own question. “Why do you not know how to interpret the present time? Is there anywhere left to go? Is there another ideology still to be invented, revealed or discovered? We have searched far and wide for a savior among men; a lesson plan for society and have found only a dead end: death and destruction. Have we not yet beat our brains into orphans; abandoned our traditions and history only to discover a deserted land where loneliness and ignorance prevail? “Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face” (Ps 24:6). You kept your promises. “I will be with you till the end of time” (Mt 28:19). The faith of our forefathers did not suddenly die as the Lord suddenly died. It rose from the grave, as our Savior suddenly did, and made the words of Gamaliel not politically correct but prophetically correct. “If God is the author of this religion, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God” (Acts 5:39). Fighting against God! How true can truth be?
Who fights against God? Who dares to fight against the Lord’s men: his priests, the deaf and dumb; the blind and the sick; the lame, the sinners? Are they not the first to follow the Lord into paradise? Were these men and women not the first to reveal and recognize the face of God? In their human weakness did this horrid band of brothers; this pathetic outburst of humanity not prove God’s existence, his miracles and what the Lord said and did? What did the blind see, the deaf hear and the lame stumble upon but their Savior and their need for Him. This is what it means to be a Christian. There is a Savior and I need Him.
Yes. The Church will never disappear because Christ WILL NEVER disappear. The Emperors and their empires have come and gone. Freely elected presidents and larger than life dictators have all been laid to rest. The brightest of civilizations have spent their light, while the most powerful of nations have wasted their light. Only one has stood the test of time. Only the One has left the tomb and left it empty. Only Christ has come and gone to one day come back.
The Lord made many promises and keep them all? The Holy Spirit continues to illuminate the hearts and minds of heathens, bringing them to God, to the faith and to the Church. The world does not need God. It desperately needs God! With a new generation of men and women every one hundred and twenty years, Christ and His Church, always young and ever old, continues to urge its people to "live in a manner worthy of the call they have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace; one Body and one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Eph 4:5-6).