Confusing Times

The world is changing so quickly that we never know what trouble tomorrow will bring. Many believe that the answer to our present crisis lies in electing the right politicians. Life in Judea during the life of Jesus was similar in many ways. The Jewish people looked for a political Messiah who would deliver them from the iron heel of Roman occupation and oppression. Nowhere is this clearer than in the following passage:

(Jesus) “began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.” But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Mark 8:31:31-33 NIV (Emphasis mine)

As I read these verses today, Jesus’ words to Peter jumped off the page. Read again what Jesus said: “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

What were the “concerns of God”? – To rescue people from sin and death. What were the human concerns? – To rescue the people from political oppression.

Jesus knew that humanity most needs liberation from the bondage of sin and the consequences of God’s wrath, not from political oppression.”

Jeremiah Study Bible Notes

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” John 14:14 NIV

The world needs Jesus. He is the Savior of the world!

Love, Cindy

Do you want to know more about Jesus? See my page Who Is Jesus?

Other Sources: Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry

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6 thoughts on “Confusing Times”

  1. Good post, Cindy. Lost people and even many Christians misguidedly look to politics and nationalism as a type of savior/redeemer, but it’s a false hope that distracts us from the spiritual reality.

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    1. We all want freedom, and that’s a good thing. But our battle is against the god of this world. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” I think that is more clear than ever. (Ephesians 6) Blessings, Tom! Thanks for commenting.

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