You notice the Line between the verses to the right? Do you ever wonder why some people say there is no God because it’s been thousands of years since the fall and if the story were true, we would all be dead already? The scoffers scoff, the skeptic snarl, the unbelievers smile. When Adam and eve ate of the forbidden fruit. It set a clock between those two verses in chapter 3 of Genesis. That would be the first book of the Bible.
The timeline, some would say, would put us at roughly almost 6,000 years from Genesis to today.
You notice the line to the left? That was what the Prophet Isaiah who wrote this roughly 700 years before Jesus was born. Jesus spoke these words when He first started His ministry after being tempted in the wilderness by the same tempter from the Garden of Eden.
The scripture is quoted in the Gospel of Luke chapter 4 verse 18-19:
‘“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD and…”’
Here is the cool part, Jesus stops right in the middle of this verse: Why would God do this? Because God is lovingly patient. Jesus quotes His first coming and lets those who hear Him know that God is Love. God is Graceful. God is Merciful. He came to save all those who call upon His name. In Peter’s second letter, he states that, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
What some might call God slow to react, or even not really there, we know that Christ calls it patient grace and loving mercy, so that all have a chance to repent of their sins.
But as much as God is patient and loving, there is a limit to His timing. I don’t know when it will be that God will say, enough is enough. You see from the minute Jesus came in riding on a young donkey, the clock started clicking even faster.
These verses to the right were written by the Prophet Zechariah who wrote these words about 500 years before Jesus was born. Yet these words have had a profound impact on the timeline of God and The Day when He will be back.
You see the line to the right? That is also a time out line. It is a time out period for all of humanity to come to its senses. One day, I don’t know when, but it could be today, tomorrow or if God wills, another 200 years, Jesus will be coming back. He will not be riding humbly on a donkey.
He will be coming in His true nature– Lord of lords and King of kings.
Then it will be too late for anyone to ask Jesus to forgive them and be saved. When Christ comes as the Conquering King, His patience will be gone. He will come to judge all those who did not believe in Him. By then, the scoffers will stop scoffing, the skeptics will be gnashing their teeth, and the unbelievers will be weeping for mercy.
This Passion Week is a Holy Week. I ask you to get right with God. I ask you to ask His Son Jesus into your life. Ask Christ to make things right in your life. Ask Him for forgiveness before it’s to late. Commit and allow for Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the grave to give you true and lasting freedom. If you want to get right and have peace with God, do it now, don’t wait…