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Rolling Away the Stone

Thu, April 18, 2019   |   Author: Rod Taylor   |     

On the day before Good Friday, I pause to reflect on the events that we will remember over this weekend: the last supper and communion of our Lord with His disciples, the betrayal by His faithless friend, the rejection by spiritual leaders, the abandonment by his disciples, the agony of His separation from the Father as He took our judgment on Himself and finally, His death, burial and glorious resurrection . . . these lasting and meaningful images remain with us over the centuries and, as we are reminded of our Lord’s suffering and His ultimate triumph over sin and over death, we are renewed in our spirits and refreshed in our walk.

Our Lord promised His disciples that they would also face persecution, that they would also be hated and misunderstood. He explained that the world would conspire against them and judge them . . . but He also said “Be of good cheer. I have overcome the world”. He said, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world”.

We in the Christian Heritage Party have faced many challenges over the years. We have been ridiculed and scorned. We have faced contention and hostility from both friends and foes. Those who hate our righteous message hate us for our high moral standards. Those who have chosen political compromise and pragmatism disparage us for our idealism and what they call “vote-splitting”. We have seen our policies spit on, our candidates despised and our dreams and visions buried. Good Christian friends shake their heads and say “No hope. A wasted ballot”. . . but Sunday’s coming!

As Christians, we don’t live in the past with its disappointments. Nor do we live only in the future with its uncertainties. We live in the present, with all its challenges, with our own struggles and doubts and those of our friends and neighbours but with the promises of His faithfulness. We live in a state of joyful obedience, only possible by His grace and by the faith that He gives us. We see the darkness around us but we know that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. We know that beyond the veil He sees all, for darkness and light are both alike to Him.

Our God still calls us to remember, not only His death for our sins but also His resurrection as the first-fruits of the harvest. Because He is risen again to life, we also can be confident that He will raise us up again to newness of life . . . to that place beyond our current struggles, to that place where our hopes and dreams are rekindled and made real.

There are times when—like Jesus—we must take quietly the insults and accusations of those who do not understand us, of those who do not yet see the things we see or believe the things we believe. There are times when we must quietly and confidently rest in faith, in spite of what we see, in spite of what we hear, knowing that the Lord has called us to walk in obedience in order to accomplish His purpose. His purpose does not depend upon circumstances. When we cannot see the results we long for, we must trust the Lord who sees what we cannot [yet] see. Those who oppose us, those who hinder us by clinging to pragmatic models and failing political structures, those who resist our efforts to recruit and undermine the enthusiasm of our members . . . we cannot make them see, we can only demonstrate for them our faith and obedience. For their sakes, as well as for ours, we must persevere. We must call into being the things that are nought. By acting in faith, we make visible to others what God has allowed us to see.

Unbelief is a snare and can rob individuals and even nations of the destiny God has prepared for them. But faith is the great antidote and it also is infectious. Your faith and obedience—even in the face of disappointments and trials—can inspire others to take up their God-ordained tasks and walk through death and defeat to resurrection and victory.

As we reflect on the cross and our Lord’s sacrifice this weekend, let’s be ready to roll away the stone that limits our understanding and celebrate the new life that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”



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