I heard some good preaching this Good Friday.
Mt 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
Mt 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
The preacher’s message was on Matthew 27:46.
He went on to explain as to one reason why the Father turned His face away from Jesus.
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, which is the sixth to ninth hour, the cross became the universe’s most potent magnet.
The sins of the world, as iron fillings, were all pulled upon it. All past, present and the future ones were dragged and firmly cemented to the cross.
By reason that the cross has been made a magnet, it has become the world’s spiritual magnetic North Pole.
For those who value it, they gain a spiritual compass which guides them safely into their eternal harbor.
2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy, unto which ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn and the day star arise in your hearts,
Re 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.
The cross is made into the spiritual North Star guiding man and woman to their true eternal north.
Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers, and there arose another generation after them who knew not the LORD nor yet the works which He had done for Israel.
My generation miscarried on instilling Judeo Christian values which founded America, unto our children.
We did this in the name of allowing them to find their own way. But we flubbed it by not hemming their paths with the borders of the Judeo Christian faith.
Thus young American generations know not the Lord and what He has done for them. Generations of directionless Americans have been birthed.
Our country has become what Paul describes in Romans.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Greek (paraphrase): Because they did not like to acknowledge God in their thinking as someone that is more precious and valuable than the finest of metals after having an opportunity to do so, God decreed their thinking as failing the test given to a fine metal, rendering their thinking unfit, and worthy only to be rejected and cast away to do those things which are inappropriate.
Instead of looking to God as its compass, America estimates Him of little worth and looks towards the compasses of politicians. Sadly though, most of them do not own one.
Our political leaders offer many directionless voices and clueless directions, as they struggle with their own darkness.
Jud 17:6 (In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
Jud 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes
Since there is no godly king in the USA, people do what is right in their own eyes. Just Google American news. You will discover twenty opinions about one item, and twenty polls about one candidate, all of them helter skelter, as The Beatles sang.
Many voices, many directions, and much confusion in much aimless chatter is the America of now.
The devil has stolen America’s compass. The cross of Christ is its compass, its true magnetic north and it’s north star.
We must remember though, that the church still owns the compass. It also possesses the magnetic north and the north star.
I am persuaded that multitudes in our country wait in the Valley of Decision to be guided again by that magical magnetic cross .
The masses are reconnoitering for the true North Star and its true magnetic North. It’s simple human nature.
Mt 5:15 Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
The church cannot afford to hide the compass from the unchurched.
We cannot sit posh in our Christian ghettos chatting with each other, with compasses in our pockets.
We must raise the cross of Christ high. We must give the unchurched opportunity to be magnetized to its love and power. We must afford the world occasion to relocate its true magnetic north.
We must speak up fearless regardless of the scorn of man. Those who scorn the cross, really scorn themselves. Their scorn is a projection of their pain. Fear them not. Love them boldly.
To be redundant; I am persuaded that multitudes in America wait in the Valley of Decision to be guided by that magical magnetic cross.
Reach out to those who come to church this Easter and offer them the magnet and the compass.
I leave you this Resurrection morn with a video by Christafari; “Valley of Decision”.
Christafari: “Valley of Decision”
Run comem and fall people take heed to his call,Valley of
Decision.Valley of Decison.
This is no game,people have to die is his name Valley of
Decision.Valley of Decision
Darkness it looms all around us,I find it hard to see.
I don´t know,I don´t know,I don´t know,I don´t know
I don´t know wheter I should stay or wheter I should flee.
People all around me seem,They seem to be so sad.
I see them cry I hear them bawl I see their backs against the
I wish I could wipe away their tears.
There´s a Holy,a Holy hill,Holy Mount Zion,Holy,Holy Mount Zion
Just know that he´s the Lord your God in this Valley of
Decision,Valley of Decision
Even though I run trough enough Hills and Valley
I fear no evil cause God is with me.
Even thought i run thought enough Hills and Valley
Thy rod and staff they will comfort me.
Jah greta and dreadful day will soon come
Jah will pour His mighty,mighty,mighty Spirit to all mankind.
Trought Him all creation,all ceration was made.
Those wha call upon His name,Call on his name and you will be
(Chat Chorus repeated)