WE DON’T LIKE CHANGES # 1492

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The Bible says that on Sunday - Palm Sunday “A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’” Matthew 21:8-9. In another event, during the same week, “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, ‘Crucify Him!’” Matthew 27: 22. Just a few days apart one event from the other. Considering that the cities were not as populated, perhaps many of the first group, joined with the second group to ask for His crucifixion. People get carried away by their emotions because they have no conviction. They don’t bother to think or analyze, as if thinking takes too much effort. We read the narrative of the events of the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ and it seems to us unbelievable that even though He said what He thought, and did what He said, the interpreters of the law were trying to catch Him at fault to accuse Him and get Him out of the way.

What was their fear? That He was different. His compassion and innocence exasperated them. He woke up a sense of guilt in their consciousness. They were happy with their own traditions and if they were to accept His doctrines will mean to make changes and they didn’t want to do that. The Lord Jesus Christ said, " He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition!" Mark 7: 9. Through the years they were interpreting the laws in their own way. The crowd trusted the leaders to do their job, and accommodated to the interpretation given. We condemn what they did to our Lord Jesus Christ when he was here, and it seems unbelievable how they closed their minds to the message He brought.  But what about what we are doing right now with those He is sending us. How do we justify our attitude?

We also, don’t want to hear something different from what we already know and accept - what is our tradition, because it represents to make changes. Because it takes time to analyze new ideas and if we were to accept them we will need to make changes, and we don’t want changes. So we prefer to go places where we know beforehand that our beliefs will be confirmed. And we are glad we went there because someone validated our belief, but is God convinced? We are not certain in our beliefs, but we don’t do a careful study, to put them to test as the Bible says to do. If we hear something different than what we think we believe, we accuse them of heresy. Have you ever asked God on occasion if the idea you heard, although different from what you knew until then, comes from Him? Do not you think He would answer you, and even protect you if it was from the evil? You may not want to bother to make changes at this stage of life. We are comfortable at this stage in our lives, but let us be honest and recognize that our minds are not much more open than those who rejected our Lord Jesus Christ.

Not everything that our Lord Jesus Christ said, not everything that God wants to tell us, it is written in the Bible. The Apostle John said, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that should be written." John 21:25. This indicates that there is much more about the Lord Jesus Christ, which is not written. Also God through the prophet Jeremiah said, “Call to me and I’ll answer you, and will tell you about great and hidden things that you don’t know.”Jeremiah 33: 3. If the things are hidden means that are not written in the Bible, and those are reserved for those who have a deep desire to know. The above passages prove that God is still speaking to those who really want to hear Him. And the Holy Spirit, whom our Lord Jesus Christ invoked when He left has been here with us guiding us and reminding us what we need to know.

God doesn’t have a physical body that is why He needs us who are willing to help, to carry His message to His children in need. To those who feel afflicted and anguished. “He needs our voice that He may speak through us. He needs our hands to hold His messages, and carry them to those whom He appoints.

He needs our feet to bring us where He wills, that those who wait in misery may be at last delivered. And He needs our will united with His Own, that we may be the true receivers of the gifts He gives.” ACIM L. 154.11:2

God, the Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are with us and in us. Here are some of His promises: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mathew 18: 20b.

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14: 16-18. 

“Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me… The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love them and show Myself to them.” Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make Our home with them. …  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:21-27.

Have the courage to question your beliefs. Give priority to what is important and do not cling to tradition. The fact that most people believe it doesn’t make it truth. This is your journey towards God. What can be more important? And if in order to move faster requires that you make some changes, then make them. You will receive everything in exchange for a little effort required on your part. You are only asked for a little bit of good will.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all."

2 Corinthians 13:14.

Ruth