Are We Listening? 4/1/15

Good Morning,

“It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’  When he had said this, he breathed his last.  The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, ‘Surely this was a righteous man.’”  Luke 23:44-47

The verses above are Luke’s narrative on the last few moments of Jesus’ death on the Cross.  There are two things that I want to highlight briefly this morning out of that narrative.  I won’t elaborate very much, more than anything I want to ask you to consider what God is saying to you.

The first is the darkness that came over the land.  The Bible tells us that God uses signs in the heavens to speak to us.  It also tells us that everywhere we look we can see the hand of God.  It is obvious that this darkness was an indication of the horror of what was taking place; the Son of God, murdered like a common criminal on the Cross.  And yet, it was and is God’s plan for the salvation of mankind.  God loves us so much that He went to the most extreme measure to pay the price for our salvation.

Over the last two years we have seen some incredible signs in the heavens that I believe are indications that God is speaking to us.  Last year and this year there have been four “blood moons” or lunar eclipses – and as incredible as that is, the timing of each of these eclipses is not haphazard; both years the eclipses have and will take place on the Jewish Feast of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.  This is not a coincidence.  We have already had a solar eclipse this year and another one will occur just before the Feast of Tabernacles.

The second thing that I would highlight out of this passage is the centurion’s recognition of Christ.  He had, no doubt, been a part of this execution from the very beginning and more than likely had been a part of many executions in the course of his service as a Roman centurion.  He watched the participants here on this day and had probably watched many others who had been executed as well.  But this one was obviously different.  Something happened, or a collection of “somethings” that affected him deeply.  He recognized that Jesus was different; he recognized that this was not a normal execution.  We don’t know anything about his life after this and I will not speculate as to it, but at this moment in time there was a realization that God had stepped into time and this man was greatly affected by it.

God is speaking . . . are we listening?

I believe with all of my heart that God is trying to get our attention.  God doesn’t play “hide-and-seek” with us; He isn’t trying to baffle us; He doesn’t want to hide His will from us; I believe with that God is “shouting to us”, as it were . . . are we listening?

This week gives us a pointed reason to listen.  This is what we have called Holy Week – it is the week that we commemorate the last week of Christ’s life before the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  There are special opportunities to “listen.”  The Ministerial Alliance has scheduled special mid-week services at noon today, Wednesday, and on Thursday and Friday as well.  These services will take place at Mt. Annie’s in Ruidoso mid-town where the Body of Christ will come together and remember.  Pastor John Marshall, pastor of Calvary Chapel will speak on Wednesday; Derick Jones, the preaching minister at Capitan Church of Christ will speak on Thursday, and Father Juan Carlos, priest at St. Eleanor Catholic Church will speak on Friday.  It would be a wonderful time for us to come and “listen.”

On Sunday morning we have a special schedule for the day.  We’ll begin at 6:45 a.m. at the Prayer Pond for our Sunrise service together with our brothers and sisters from Christ Community Church in Capitan and Grace Harvest Church in Ruidoso.  We have a special breakfast planned for 7:30 in the gym and then we have a combined Resurrection Celebration Service at 9:30 in the gym as well.  There will be special children’s activities from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. as well.

God is speaking . . . are we listening?

I love you

Rick

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Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday April 1– Holy Week service at Mt. Annie’s in Ruidoso at noon – we will have a worship service and then lunch will be served.
There will be no activities here at Angus Church tonight due to Spring Break.

Thursday April 2 – Holy week service at Mt. Annie’s in Ruidoso at noon – worship service & lunch

Friday April 3 – Holy week service at Mt. Annie’s in Ruidoso at noon – worship service & lunch

Sunday April 5 – Our Resurrection Day (Easter) schedule will be as follows:  Sunrise Service at the Prayer Pond 6:45 a.m. – Donation Breakfast in the gym at 7:30 a.m. – Combined Celebration Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. in the gym!  There will be special activities for the children from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. as well.


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