Tuesday 26th December, 2006

 

Pastor Clive Dottin

 
 
 
 
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Pastor Clive Dottin

Sins and signs of the times

  And while they looked steadfastly toward Heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into Heaven.

—Acts 1:10, 11

He was born in a manager, crucified on a cross, taunted by religious leaders who were poor role models. He was a champion who brought relief to the sick, hope to the dying, called Lazarus from the grave, and on that famous resurrection morning arose triumphantly from the grave.

You must understand that this same Jesus will return, but not as a babe in swaddling clothes but as king of kings and lord of lords.

At Christmas we celebrate and we understand that it is not the time for reckless, wild behaviour. It is supposed to be the season of caring and sharing. But there are those who display a greed and insensitivity that will keep this nation in an eternal prison.

But let us talk about Jesus Christ and his power. He caused the blind to see, the crippled to walk, turned the water into wine, healed the lepers, resurrected the dead, calmed an angry sea with three words—peace be still.

He can bring peace to our family, peace on the job. He can bring peace in the drug den and transform the hearts of the drug lords.

He directed ravens to bring food for Elijah and guided Shedrach, Mesach and Abednego in the super-hot furnace. And Jesus can certainly bring peace to our nation.

In fact, there is a text in the Bible that states, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them” (Ps 119:165).

We need peace and to have peace we must have courage and to have courage we must have faith and trust the power of God. When we talk about the power of Jesus Christ we must appreciate the dimensions of his power. He can turn our sorrow into joy, hatred into love, and death into life.

We need Jesus in this grieving, criminal-infested nation now. Not tomorrow, now! Imagine in the week before Christmas there were fatal stabbings.

One youth was killed over a $500 sneakers while another body was found in Couva chopped mercilessly. Yet another was gunned down in La Horquetta, clinically executed by the Arima mafia.

Imagine in the week before Christmas the CEO of Xtra Foods is dragged from her home and bundled into a car by godless vampires who believe that they own this country.

But what do you expect? We have those who have pledged to protect and serve this nation renting their guns to street killers so we must not think there is a mystery in our misery.

We are like the man in John 5, a man who was paralysed for 38 years. He was by the pool of Bethesda, hopeless and helpless. There was a belief that at a certain time an angel troubled the water, and the first person to touch the water was healed. This word Bethesda means “House of Mercy.”

There were different people, with different diseases, pregnant with expectation, waiting for this spectacular event. After the angel stirred the water, there was supposed to be some magical potency conferred on the water. This clearly was based on perception. There was a mad dash to the water, because you had to come first to be healed.

My God is in the healing business, the salvation business, the justification business, the sanctification business but not in the rat-race business.

Here you have salvation by works creeping in here; you had to enter the water first, you had to use your superior skills, your superior support system, your connection to impress before you were healed.

This man was there for 38 years, crawling on his belly, longing for help but getting none. And in that crowd of lepers, cancer patients, cirrhosis sufferers, blind and deaf victims, Jesus focused on the most helpless and hopeless man. He was more than physically challenged, he was psychologically overwhelmed.

But then Jesus entered that crowd. Let us examine John 5:5-9:

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

And immediately he was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath.

The man was impotent but then he had an encounter with omnipotence and therefore liberation was guaranteed. We need that divine, transforming power now! This same Jesus who performed that miracle is alive and ministers in the heavenly sanctuary and is making that power available to his disciples to make a difference in our communities.

Colombian assassins are moving in and out of this country. In fact, some do not even have to move from their offices in Bogota and Medellin.

They order hits on all those who seek to betray them or attempt to betray them.

These vampires are so wicked they demand that body parts of the victims be sent to Colombia as proof of executions.

Sometimes they ask for the head of the victim, or the fingers, or even teeth. There is a diabolical method in their madness. Sometimes they ask their local stooges to drink the blood of their victims.

Witnesses are scared to testify against kidnappers and killers. We have a bail bill and yet kidnappers and killers are helped by the blundering incompetence of the State to walk free on a weekly basis.

Now we have international murderers with a death list for 2007, January to be exact. Could you imagine this horrific state of affairs? Consequently, we are paralysed. We need help. We need to hear God’s voice saying, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” But we must be willing to repent of our sins to receive that power.

We have an unprecedented level of corruption now and we cannot expect healing while we embrace, applaud and empower corrupt crocodiles.

This same Jesus will come again as king and chief justice of the universe. He will come with power and glory; he will come to execute judgment on this planet. He will come with billions of angels, riding on a chariot of fire, with a flaming sword in his hand. He will create an earthquake in every cemetery, blow the trumpet, and resurrect the righteous.

Then the saved of all the ages will shout, “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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