“Have you ever promised a friend with . . .

Perhaps you have concluded a conversation with a friend with something like, “I’ll see you next week. OK?”. “Sounds fine. I’ll be home all week, so whenever it is convenient for you.”

But, what if you said had said to your friend, “I would like to stop by “within a month”, or “before the snow falls, or “within a year”, or “before the next decade”, or “before I get married.” ???.

In those kind of cases, would you expect your friend to be sitting in the living room all those days, weeks, seasons, or with a cup of hot coffee waiting for your arrival?  Of course not. The more tenuous the closing statement, the less concrete your plans will be. That is how communication goes. With that being said, allow me to go to my point.

We read [in the Gospel of Luke 12] that Jesus, during His time on earth, told His followers (disciples / apostles) that He would depart from the earth. (a colloquial way to say, “Guys, they are going to kill me).   Of course, that someone is eventually going to die should not surprise anyone. We all know that death eventually comes our way. We will only live for so long.  But, Jesus also said that at some time in future, He would return to be with them.

We should keep in mind that Jesus didn’t tell them how long He would be gone; that seems to have been left open!!  Of course, as we read in the Bible, Jesus was only dead for three days (which is long enough to be thoroughly dead!! It is true that Jesus clearly told His followers, albeit in cryptic and symbolic language, where He was going.  He also made it clear that His followers could not go with Him.  Jesus’ people would, in their minds, be on their own, fending for themselves. To say it pictorially, the One who could feed 5,000 would be gone!!

So, where are we at this point? It has been over 2000 years since Jesus physically left His followers here on the Earth.  We have had over TWENTY centuries to get the message of Jesus out across the world. That seems to me to have been plenty long enough for the followers of God to get the truth about God spread around the world.

How well have we Christians done in accurately shaping that message about God? Are we satisfied with the honest answer????

I leave with the reader to confront the answer.

Reference: Luke 12.35-59 (in the New Testament of the Bible)

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