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He Still* Has The World In His Hands

By March 29, 2020No Comments

Nothing New

Uncertainty is nothing new. Times are uncertain, but God is not. He’s still got the whole world in his hands.

  • The Last Supper was a warning and a promise

Mark 14:17-21. “When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve.  While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me [hand me over] . . .—one who is eating with me.” 19 They were saddened [disappointed], and one by one they said to him, “Surely not I?”  20 It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me.  21 The Son of Man will go, just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

Most Scripture was written in environments of extreme uncertainty.

  • Joseph listened as his brothers debated whether to sell him or kill him
  • King David was awakened one morning to the rumor that his own son was conspiring against him.
  • A frightened mother wrapped her baby in a blanket and put him in a basket so that Egyptian soldiers wouldn’t kill him.
  • Years later, another mother flees her home with her newborn son to escape the sword of Herod.
  • The apostle Paul thought God had called him but found himself in a Roman prison.

Jesus explains the symbolic supper

Mark 14:22-24. “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.”

Jesus warns that they will be thrown into crisis

Mark 14:27-29   “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “ ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”  29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”

Here’s what we learn:

  1. When life is uncertain, God is not. He’s still got the whole world in his hands.
  2. Good things come from broken things. When we can see that God is behind, or in, or working through, the undesirable circumstances—even the ones we bring on ourselves—there is a sense of purpose and peace that emerges.
  3. We are coming out of this season stronger than ever, more on fire than ever, more alive than ever, and more in love with our Savior than ever.

Romans 8:28 “And we know . . . that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and who have been called according to his purpose.”


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