It’s Not Time Yet!

The religionists wanted to destroy Jesus. He was a threat to their religious monopoly. What an exercise in futility! Trying to kill God is guaranteed to fail! Jesus said in John 10: 17-18, “….I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself….” Mark tells us of Jesus leaving, unscathed. Instead of Jesus being killed, He went on to serve and continue His mission. It wasn’t time yet! “But Jesus withdrew Himself with His disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judaea, and from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things He did, came unto Him. And He spake to His disciples, that a small ship should wait on Him because of the multitude, lest they should throng Him, for He had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon Him for to touch Him, as many as had plagues. And unclean spirits, when they saw Him, fell down before Him, and cried, saying, ‘Thou art the Son of God.’ And He straitly charged them that they should not make Him known” (Mark 3:7-12). There are many times when we, who are His, could be injured or killed. If we aren’t, it’s because God has a mission for us to carry out. In that wonderful hymn, “The Stranger of Galilee,” Mrs. C. H. Morris speaks of those who have met Jesus and what we are to tell others: “His look of compassion, His words of love, they shall never forgotten be; when sin-sick and helpless He saw me there, this Stranger of Galilee;  He showed me His hand and His riven side, and He whispered, “It was for thee!” My burden fell off at the pierced feet of the Stranger from Galilee. Come, ye who are driven and tempest-tossed, and His gracious salvation see;  He’ll quiet life’s storms with His “Peace, be still!” this Stranger of Galilee;  He bids me to go and the story tell—what He ever to you will be, if only you let Him with you abide, this Stranger of Galilee. Oh, my friend, won’t you love Him forever? So gracious and tender is He!  Accept Him today as your Savior, this Stranger of Galilee!” Selah! He offers Himself and His salvation; that’s something religion cannot do!   Ron

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