LONG VIEW, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 8/16/19
I was reviewing a movie the other night on Columbus and his discovery of the Western Hemisphere. The scene was Columbus showing his son the LONG VIEW of a very tall sailing ship sailing out of sight across the horizon. At first the ship itself began to disappear and was gone and then the mast looked as though it was sinking into the water. Not the same as moving away where the whole ship might disappear but like sinking into the ocean. And yet the whole ship would return at a later date to the harbor. In this clip Columbus was proving to his son that the earth was in fact, round.
So in really believing in the LONG VIEW (Eternal view) of things how do we know that there is really a Creator and unlimited time after death for the human soul? So from a Christian perspective all of those kind of thought have been collected and put in a book called the Holy Bible.
In my quest for answers to those 3 great questions: Where did I come from, Why am I here, And where am I going. I studied the religions of the world and just became more confused until I really started to research the Holy Bible. Way before anyone knew it to be true the Bible taught that the world was round, hung on nothing and made of particles that were to small to be seen. Also that the elements could be burned up in a fervent heat. All of which was accurate and could not be know except by a Creator and shared with someone to write down.
Then I took a look at the hundreds of Messianic prophesies that were in such detail prior to the event that only GOD could have the foreknowledge of such events. David wrote in Psalm 22 all about Christ Jesus, hundreds of years before the event. Isaiah also in Isa.53. Amazing stuff to consider in looking at the LONG VIEW. But the amazing thing is that Jesus of Nazareth could not make it happen, HE could only allow it to happen as HE saw the LONG VIEW for himself.
And we find these words in the Book of Hebrews, the writer recording (Paul I feel) as follows:
“Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, 2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds. Hebrews 12:1-3″ Read several times, let the meaning sink in.
So this intent of this little note is to encourage you to look through your list of stress factors and toss the ones that will not matter from the point of view of eternity or of having eternal values, “THE LONG VIEW.” The ones that waste your valuable time on earth… If Christ Jesus is your LORD and HIS KINGDOM is your real home and HE is designing and building a place for you. And if one day, really soon, you are going to be moving into a totally furnished new home then how important is the one you are going to be leaving? And how many of our relationships and friendships are going to hang together after we move? In fact that has some real motivation behind it so as to leave no one left behind. How many family members and friends just might not make the jump to light speed when Christ Jesus returns for HIS CHURCH.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. 2 In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. 3 And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. John14:1-3″
(THERE IS BUT ONE CHURCH OF CHRIST JESUS AND ALL WHO LOVE AND OBEY HIM ARE MEMBERS.)
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org
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