“Incline your ear and come to me; hear, that your soul may live.” Isaiah 55:3
Today, I am going to speak about the world Jesus envisioned.
I believe in vistas of possibilities because the turmoil of the outer world is just a thin covering of the immense tranquility of the unseen of God.
On August 28, 1963, a 34 year-old man stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He was one year away from winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. His name was Reverend Martin Luther King.
The main message of Martin Luther King, especially in the later years, was of peace.
He said in part, “I have a dream. We must not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom from drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must meet physical force with soul force.”
And so we must. It is our mission. It is our duty to meet physical force with soul force. And that means prayer. That means belief in God. That means belief in the possibilities of the unseen and knowing that with God all things are possible; with humans they’re impossible.
God brings a greater peace and a power to every situation.
Every Christian religion has, as one of its core teachings, the Second Coming of Christ. A Second Coming IS MORE than just a physical second coming; more than a parting of the clouds and a man named Jesus coming through the clouds. We have to ask, “What does this all mean?” In every religion, in every Christian thought, (no matter what name the church has on its sign out front), the Second Coming means a realm of perpetual peace.
Jesus said, “My peace I leave unto you.” Peace is up to you. Jesus asks, “Are you truly going to follow me? Are you going to go the extra mile?”
Are you going to worry and become part of the human problem? Or part of God’s answer?
Jesus said, “The peace of God passes all understanding.” It passes human understanding. And so, today we call forth for a Second Coming.
The Second Coming will also be the result of building the principles of God into the soul of humankind, where they begin to express through humankind.
The events of the life the Jesus represent certain stages of spiritual growth in the natural human. Jesus was the incarnation of the Son of God and was the great Example. If you are to attain full child-ship you must follow Jesus Christ’s example.
The second coming is right now upon us if we choose as humanity. The Spirit of the Lord Jesus is here right now and has been ever since He gave His spiritual body and blood because he so valued humanity.
It has been said that we do not inherit the earth from our parents; we borrow it from our children. But what kind of world are we going to leave our children? Are we going to leave a world that has a realm of peace or just temporary peace?
Are we going to leave a world that is constantly met with wars at various points so that people can settle their differences with guns instead of communication? Is that the kind of world we’re going to have?
Or are we finally going to stand up as spiritual adults and follow Jesus Christ and take our responsibility and learn to be all that Jesus Christ said that we could be 2,000 years ago?
Gandhi said, “If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children; if they grow in their natural innocence, we won’t have to struggle; we won’t have to pass fruitless idle resolutions; but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at least all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which consciously or unconsciously the whole world is hungering.”
The world will have real peace when the causes of war are adjusted.
Look beyond appearances. Even when the world situation looks bleak in terms of peace, we must hold to the good, to the true, to the real. We must go neither right nor left on our journey toward the realization of a peaceful world. We must stay on the straight and narrow.
If we hold to the idea of peace, we may yet see the day Jesus envisioned. We are praying for the glad day when the warships shall be turned into schools and love shall become the ruler in the hearts of all humans.”
We feel that there is something to be done, something of a nature not widely understood: waging a forgiving war and making an enduring peace.
People everywhere on earth are now realizing as never before that the well-being of this world rests with its inhabitants. It is no longer a religious dogma or a philosophical theory that the destiny of the world is in the hands of humans. God has given all the things to us to use as we shall determine.
We must remember, too, that there is not enough darkness in the world to put out the light of God.
More things are wrought by prayer than the world dreams, and then we put feet on our prayers.
I believe it was Confucius that said, “Footprints in the sands of time are not made by sitting down.” Martin Luther King did not sit down, he stood up, and boldly walked in the direction of his dream.
POSITIVE DAILY AFFIRMATION: I have a dream, and I believe with God I can achieve it.
POSITIVE DAILY QUOTE: “Your life begins to end the moment you start being silent about the things that matter”
Martin Luther King, Jr
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