A Worn Out Cosmos?

But about his Son, he called him “God,” saying, “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever and you will rule your kingdom with justice and righteousness, For you have cherished righteousness and detested lawlessness. For this reason, God, Your God has anointed you and poured out the oil of bliss on you more than on any of your friends.”

And he called him Lord, saying, “Lord, you formed the earth in the beginning and with your own hands you crafted the cosmos. They will both one day disappear, but you will remain forever! They will all fade like a worn-out garment, And they will be changed like clothes, and you will fold them up and put them away. But you are ‘I AM.’ You never change, years without end!” (Hebrews 1:8-12, TPT)

Stop and reflect for a moment. The universe; or cosmos; by definition, is regarded as an enormous orderly and harmonious system beyond our comprehension. But in reality, it is chaotic and violent. Yet, according to scripture, God created it for a temporary purpose. And someday, he’s going to roll it up like a worn-out garment and simply put it away.

Second Peter says, “The atmosphere will be set on fire and vanish with a horrific roar, and the heavenly bodies will melt away as in a tremendous blaze. The earth and every activity of man will be laid bare. Since all these things are on the verge of being dismantled, don’t you see how vital it is to live a holy life? We must be consumed with godliness while we anticipate and help speed up the coming of the day of God, when the atmosphere will be set on fire and the heavenly bodies consumed in a blaze.”

How big is your God?

Have You Ever Wondered?

May I take a moment to marvel at the unexplainable?

In Matthew 27:51-57 several phenomenon occur. At the time of Jesus’ death, the veil in the temple is torn in two from top to bottom, the earth shook and rocks were split. A great upheaval was taking place. Tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints were raised. Yet they did not leave their tombs and go into the city until after Jesus’ resurrection. There, they appeared to the living.

What happened to these resurrected saints? Who were they? Were they part of the crowd that Jesus preached the good news to between the cross and his resurrection? Very likely.

The centurion who commanded those who were keeping guard over Jesus declared, “Truly, this was the Son of God.” Were they the guards at the cross or at the tomb or both? Were they at the tombs when all the other saints made their journey into the city? We aren’t specifically told.

Yet in all this, we can conclude at least one thing. Heaven has touched earth and will never be the same.

Greater Works

Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness [Psalm 37:3, NKJV]

Trust is an active growth toward unshakable confidence. The foundation stone for that trust is the wide-ranging conviction that God always loves us and is always good in his dealings with us. From that position we live engaged with the Spirit of God in every moment of the day, supernaturally empowered to change the world around us with his love and goodness.

Trust and faith has a substance in hope. The Greek word for substance carries the weight of holding the title deed for something that is our possession. We are given a guarantee for that possession with the deposit of the Holy Spirit inside of us. The Kingdom of Heaven is the possession made available to us, and Jesus said the Father takes great pleasure in giving us that Kingdom. Our commission is to extend that Kingdom to all parts of our influence through great works; that is, signs and wonders.

Jesus didn’t die on the cross so we would be church-goers. He said that we, who believe, trust and have confidence in Jesus, will do greater works than he did. That’s powerful stuff to be entrusted with! And if our confidence isn’t in place for the greater things, we settle for less. And a message with less impact. For some if not most, being members of Yeshua’s body means getting out of the four walls of the church and our home and into the streets, the market place, the arts, the education system, family involvement, government and other facets of community to be an active representation of his Kingdom.

In Acts 28, it says Paul preached and taught the kingdom of God and the things concerning Jesus with all confidence. It adds that no one resisted him. Not everyone is called to teach and preach. But we are all called to do good things; prosperous things, satisfying and worthwhile things, things of kindness and compassion, things that have a good, positive quality or value, things that make a difference.

We live in a world that is almost desperate to silence strong convictions and prevent heaven inspired spiritual manifestations. Passion and zeal for Jesus and the things of the Kingdom is not appreciated behavior even in some churches. It takes courageous convictions to keep, guard, protect and cherish a culture of good works and a lifestyle that speaks powerfully. Be joyful and courageous, Jesus triumphantly overpowered the world and anyone who is born of God has conquered the world also.