by Kmeron

These articles are based upon that serious profound and most moving prayer of Jesus Christ the night before He was crucified on Calvary and shed His precious blood and laid down His life to wash away our sin. We have this account of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of John at Chapter 17 in the New Testament scriptures.

Do take time to read it carefully and even prayerfully. Jesus is praying to His heavenly Father. What a tremendous privilege to be called to share in this most personal of moments.

When we reach verse 14, we read, that Jesus had given these chosen and called men Your word, and look what happened. The world hated them. As soon as these trained men began to preach the mighty Word of God under the anointing power of the Holy Spirit, they were persecuted, hated, rejected and imprisoned. That continues to be the experience of many in hundreds of countries around the world today.

When we truly receive and accept and embrace the Word of God, and the authority of Jesus Christ and the Power of the Holy Spirit, a hostile world confronts us with constant antagonism, and it can be sore and hurting and wounding, but there is no other way, and Jesus Christ knew that!

We are not of the world, just as Jesus was not of the world, and the world cannot stand the brightness of the brilliance of the light of Jesus Christ showing up the world and all its sin.

This can happen even in the life of a Christian when he or she is living wrongly or sinfully. In such situations disobedient rebellious ‘believers’ cannot stand the brightness and brilliance and glare of the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a challenge, because if man tries to walk against that light it is blinding and painful. Try walking along a dark road on a dark night when a car approaches you with its lights fully on. That can be sore on the eyes. A similar thing can happen spiritually when a man is walking in darkness.

Walking along a road on a dark night and the full lights of an on-coming car can be blinding, but that is only for a few brief moments. Imagine what it is like to be living in that darkness, spiritually.

The world has only two ways to handle you. It can absorb you, or persecute you.

And yet, Jesus Christ’s call to His Disciples is to be holy, to be set apart, to be different, to be like Him, loving, compassionate, forgiving, powerful, bold, challenging, courageous, and also, willing to minister to the needs of a hostile world.

There is no way at all whereby we can be reconciled to this world and with this world, and we simply have to accept that. A true committed Christian life is not easy!

This is why it is so vitally important to be at peace with God, and united in fellowship with one another.

Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

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