Hello, been a minute. Two weeks actually, my phone and laptop decided on a vacation without getting my consent K. As the Americans would say, “It’s probably the Russians”. In that time as well my friend Sade got married and this is me wishing her hubby and herself God’s blessings in this new phase of their life! It happened in Ibadan, a place I haven’t been to in ages and one thing caught my attention, a sign “Lanlatu Memorial Plaza”. Lol!!! Yes, I share your thoughts. I have never come across a memorial plaza, ever! If a school, a church, a library, a hospital yes, but a plaza? That’s an out-of-Lagos experience I won’t forget in a while, oh well, on to my insight…
10 And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.
12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.
13 And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side. KJV
Most people are looking for signs, in all sorts of places, magic, spirits and aliens while others are looking for signs from God, proof that He does exist and that Jesus is indeed His son. These Pharisees that met Jesus did the same thing and as above we can see his reply to them. Jesus came to grant salvation by making the ultimate sacrifice, and He gave us the choice to make (John 1:12). Also from Hebrew 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” KJV, we see that the basis of Christianity isn’t a logical thing, it is spiritual (1 Cor 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” KJV). So instead of waiting for Jesus to “show” why don’t you pray and ask for faith to believe and for the spiritual things to be made clear to you? Mark 9:24. I believe that even if Jesus “showed” Himself, there would still be some slaves that would hold on to their chains for its said;
7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. KJV
Did you get that? From 7 & 8 we see that there is good in trusting God but in 9 we see the truth about the heart of man. If the heart of man is desperately wicked, what makes you think seeing Jesus would change it? Paul might have been an exception, but are we all exceptions to the rule? Prov 28:26 says “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” KJV and from Jer 17:10 we see it’s the heart the Lord tries, not our accomplishments or wealth. So are you still waiting for some sign before you believe? Really? He has done His part and told us what to do, our work is cut out for us already and the clock is ticking.
In conclusion, Mark 8:34-38 ”And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” KJV.
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