Welcome to the April edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you find the articles helpful in your Bible study, please forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
Jesus on Current Events
by Jacob Hudgins
“No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”(Luke 13:3).
The universal fascination with knowing what is going on in the world has ancient roots. Knowing that Jesus is a well-known rabbi, some ask for his take on the hot news of the day. “There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices”(Luke 13:1). Pilate, the governor, has executed some Jews while they were in the act of offering their sacrifices, mingling their blood with the animal blood. Jewish sentiment is likely strongly against Pilate, although some seem to be critical of the people who have suffered. Maybe they deserved it.
As long as there have been people, there have been leaders. Whatever we want to call leaders—presidents, emperors, kings—they have been a staple throughout time. But there is one ruler who surpasses them all. The king of all the earth is different than other kings—he is God, watching over all things from his throne in heaven.
Psalm 91 contains rich and surprising promises for those who trust in Jehovah. “You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday”(Psalm 91:4-6). “You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot”(Psalm 91:13). “With long life I will satisfy him”(Psalm 91:16).These promises create a problem: If they are not always true, how do we believe them? If they are always true, what do we make of our experience? What do we do with Psalm 91?
“And Jesus said to them, ‘Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days’”(Luke 5:34-35).
I read lots of religious and “Christian” literature. The unifying theme of most Christian books is the idea that things are not right and need to be changed. Books boast the secret of fulfillment, detail what’s wrong with the church, and promise never-before-discovered truths from the Bible. They prey on that unsettled feeling within us—that feeling that something is not quite as it should be.
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