When I start an article, the first item which needs to be addressed is the title. Usually this is not a big deal and, even today, the inspiration came from a daily reading but there was a twist. As I renamed the file it said “saving; faith of a mustard seed”. That go me to thinking about the completeness of the message for the season. Think about this for a moment. Christ had entered the city of Jerusalem, triumphant as the King of kings, and the people cheered Him on and rallied around Him. A few days later, He was falsely accused of crimes against the laws of the Temple, sentenced to death and suddenly the masses were rallied against Him and they turned. Suddenly they were calling for His death and willing to have a known criminal, a ruthless criminal, released back into their midst rather than have Christ set free. Their faith in Christ being the Messiah was replaced by doubt and fear, even His closest friend had turned away and departed. Just like Peter stepping out of the boat in faith, the second they took their focus away from Christ, they began to sink away and disappear.
Christ had told them numerous times to have faith, that salvation faith in the Son of God. Scripture is pretty clear in this.
Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more… Matt 12:12
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. Matt 17:20
But when the people rallied against the Messiah and their hope was left hanging lifeless on the cross, fear for self replaced faith in Christ. The promise, however, was still in place and not even death could silence His covenant, for Christ had already told them the truth.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:1-4
The world is in a tough way right now and it is not the first time. Fear, doubt and self-preservation dominates the news, people have lost focus on the Way and now rely on the world to right itself. I hate to say this but the world will not fix itself, only through Christ can there be a love and a peace not available in the world. The time is now to refocus on Jesus, let Him lift you up from the waters of turmoil and set you on firm ground for He is the way, the truth and the light. Let the seed of faith find root in your heart and you, along with millions of others, can make a huge difference in this world. It is time to rally around the Saviour, and in one voice proclaim victory in His Grace, and we will be with Him always.
We will be gathering Friday, April 7 at 10:30 AM for a Good Friday service and then again Sunday, April 9 at 10:30 for an Easter Celebration. Both services will be broadcast online (see links below) or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 402 Main Avenue W in Sundre, AB.
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