Sunday, January 5, 2014

Jan | 05 | Cometh God’s hour...


Cometh God’s hour...

John 1:6
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. NKJV

Now we come to the greatest human preacher who has ever lived. A mere man mind you though. A mere man. Even so, there are three things to note about this preacher.

First, and may I say it again, note that he was a man. A man of flesh and blood. True, John the baptizer was a man clothed so much in the spirit and power of Elijah that one level, Elijah had come, however, even Elijah was a man and so was John, and this should give us great encouragement that we too, being mere men, can still be called and used by God to accomplish great things. Yes, ‘there was a man’. 

Second, that this man was sent ‘from’ God. Not sent ‘by’ God, but sent ‘from’ God. To be sent ‘by’ someone is to carry out that task in the name of the person sending you. Yes, with authority, and yes, with as much power and means that has been granted, yet, there still remains some disconnect from the sender. However, to be sent ‘from’ someone, is to have all I have mentioned above ‘and then some’, for there is no disconnect with the sender. When you come ‘from’ someone and something, not only has the sender both sanctioned and empowered you as the messenger, but you carry the clothes and culture, the tone and the intonation, the looks and the very likeness of the sender Himself. To be sent ‘from’ a body, place or a person, literally personifies the source in the very heart of the sender. Most importantly though, the word ‘from’ carries with it the elasticity of a return and a report and the manifest presence of the senders careful observance of your response. John was a man sent ‘from’ God.

Despite various ‘reporter’s of sport’ much overuse of the phrase “cometh the hour, cometh the man”, it is, never the less, true that when the need chimes on God’s clock, the man of the moment arrives at that moment. If our watches are not synchronized with God’s clock however, we will undoubtedly find times of great disappointment. Never the less, ‘in the fullness of time God sent forth His son’ and to prepare the way, in that same fullness of time, ‘there was a man……sent from God.’ 

Who was this man who was named directly by God, whose fully filled in and well filed birth certificate was delivered by the hand of the angel Gabriel, that great creature of the Seraphic order which stands in the very presence of God? Well, he is called John, which quite literally means: ‘God’s Gift’. God, almost always names His messengers, you see, their very nomenclature becoming part of the utterance of their lives and a metaphor of the core of their communication. John is God’s gift; he is the warm up act. John is God’s gift; he is the party planner. John is God’s gift; he is the street cleaner. John is God’s gift; he is the sign post of direction for that day. John is God’s gift; he is the attention grabber, the super moon in the blood red dawning sky, yes, John is God’s gift and he is the hot desert voice of all our mornings, carrying the warnings of eternity on his honey coated tongue. Friends, the hour of God is almost upon us.

Where are the men sent from the throne room of the Most High?

Listen:- As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: "Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.' "Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! Matthew 11:7-15NKJV

Pray: - Lord, send again Your unshakable men to shake the earth once more. Lord, send us those ‘’Lions of the Lord’, that all the purring pussy cats might pee their pants as they see all that they should and could be, whither the tops of Carmel before all their caramel coated fudging. Lord, send again Your unshakable men to shake the earth once more.

Lord, here I am. Send me.

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