No, not "Jesus wept," though those words are full of meaning for us.
Not even "Jesus died," probably the greatest two words in the Bible!
But not far behind are two words that I have grown to love and cherish...
They are "BUT GOD!"
So often in God's Word, these two words signify God's intervention in the affairs of man. They represent times when someone, some group, or even a nation, is in a desperate state. When the words are not used directly, they are implied.
God intervened miraculously in the affairs of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He intervened when the Children of Israel were slaves for 400 years and set them free. God spoke to and through His prophets.
Let's jump to the book of Ephesians where our state apart from God is clearly laid out:
1 And YOU WERE dead in the trespasses and sins,
2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—
3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
Ephesians 2:1-3 (ESV)
Apart from Jesus Christ, every person born into this world exists in this fallen condition. We were DEAD, following the rest of the world, flowing the ways of Satan, the prince of the power of the air. We followed our ungodly passions and were fully worthy of God's wrath.
What a hopeless condition!
4 BUT GOD, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:4-6 (ESV)
Those of us who are "IN CHRIST" have been rescued BY GOD! Not by our own good works - but only by the hand of God - through the blood of Jesus Christ, when we were in hopelessly impossible conditions!
Only in eternity will we realize the full import of what it means to be redeemed and how great God's power is working toward us!
But even in this life, the words, "BUT GOD" applies to us!
Whatever condition we are in, whatever state we find our nation is in. However hopeless our lives seem to be or how bleak our future appears...
God can intervene and change everything! But we just turn to Him in our own lives and as a nation to be saved!
In fact, God's specialty is intervening when the situation is the most hopeless!
Call upon God today in Jesus' name to deliver you from the hopelessness of eternity apart from Him and from each an every situation you are in. Nothing is too small or too big for Him!
The world and the devil may pronounce us dead and hopeless - BUT GOD can and will step in to save us if we humbly turn to Him - and away from our sins!
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:13 (ESV)
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