Saturday, April 16, 2011

Speaking of Freedom:"Why We Prepare"

Happy Easter Patriots,
Our next Macon County Patriots meeting will be April 30 from 10 to 2 at the Church of the Open Door in Macon. Continuing with our theme of "Family Preparedness", our topic for this session will be "Communication". (Rumor has it there will be a working ham radio set there!) We'll enjoy a meal together, too. So bring a dish and join us.

This Easter season, as I have reflected on what it means to be prepared, something has become clear to me in a new way: God is a preparer! One of my favorite places that demonstrates this is in Revelation 13:8 where the Bible refers to Christ as "...the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."

It is as though the Father, Son and Holy Ghost had an executive meeting and decided that, if they were going to create the world, it would be necessary for Christ to come to earth and die to redeem fallen man. If He had said, "No. I won't go.", nothing would ever have been created! Of course we now know that, out of His great love for us, Christ said "Yes, I'll go." So Christ did not come to earth by happenstance but by God's design! This is what we celebrate at Easter.

"When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.", (Romans 5:6 NLT, emphasis added)

But His plan is still being worked out and in the book of Ephesians the Apostle Paul sums it all up for us:
  • 9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. (Ephesians 1:9-11 NLT, emphasis added)
I share this now because, so far in our meetings, we have not delved very deeply into the question of why we prepare. These reflections have helped me put things into a new perspective so as to help me answer that question. I hope you will find it helpful, too.

So I don't prepare so I can "hunker in a bunker" and somehow survive and maybe be the last one to die, as if that would do me any good. I do it because I believe with all my heart that there is something people need even more than food and water and shelter; they need Jesus Christ. He is "...the true bread that came down from heaven". (John 6:33)

And if America is to be resurrected, (and that is what she needs), and if our patriotic efforts are to bear fruit, it will only happen by the power of the God of the Resurrection who raised our Lord Jesus from the grave on that first Easter. So I want to be prepared so I can be around to help point people to Him.

I don't think any of us wants to "hunker in a bunker". I just wanted to remind us all that the ultimate preparation anyone can make is to trust Christ and receive the eternal life that only He can offer. If you have never trusted Him, I pray you will choose to do so this Easter. I'll close with one of the most powerful and precious passages in all of Scripture where Jesus said these words:
  • “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." (John 14:1-3 NLT, emphasis added)
May the God of the Resurrection Bless and Keep You and Yours this Easter and Forever,

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
April 21, 2011
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