Notre Dame Cathedral.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8, NAS)
Much as been reported on TV, written in newspapers and social media, and spoken all over the world, about the burning of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. It is a major event, of destruction and forever loss. This type of structure just cannot be replaced, no matter how much money will be pledged and spent to bring it back to its former glory. (I think of the 2nd Jewish Temple and its destruction in 70 A.D.)
I have never been to France. but I do know Frenchmen, having served with Derek Prince Ministries for 8 years and knowing the French director of the ministry there during that time. It was always a struggle to have funds to support that specific national office; far more so than the other 11 worldwide offices DPM had at that time.
The deep foundational roots of Catholicism made the effort to share the pure Word of the Gospel quite difficult from that office. And now with the influx of Middle Eastern culture and religion, even well beyond the French borders in other European countries, I am sure the cost in spiritual and natural resources must make the desire for truth shared even more difficult to cast seed and bear fruit.
It continually amazes me that even in such a situation as this, such as this terrible Notre Dame Cathedral immense fire, many do not even consider the One who still sits on the throne of heaven. They instead speak of “Our Lady”, the English version of Notre Dame, as if she is the queen of all. Often, she is lifted up above her Creator, God Himself. Indeed, Miriam (the real name of Mary, in Hebrew) was called and blessed of God to bear His Only Begotten Son, Jesus (Yeshua), which she willingly accepted to do, though unmarried at the time. But even she never exalted herself, but instead exalted her God.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:38, NIV)
A servant generally doesn’t think they are above and beyond their Master. They tend to better understand their role. As so with the real Mary, the one who gave birth to our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah, that was her proper consideration of herself.
But God chose her, as He has and continues to do among humankind. His plan and purpose is to draw each to His Son Jesus, Who alone is the Savior of the world. Only through His shed blood will forgiveness, redemption and salvation be found. There is no other.
Having been a Roman Catholic for the first 21 years of my life, I understand the theology that was built on and covering over the very foundation of truth, laid by God through Jews, since the days of Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the Prophets, Jesus (Himself a Jew, and still is), and the early church apostles and believers. All Jews. And not Mary worshippers, but Yeshua, God in the flesh, worshippers.
The cross remains at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
It is now time that any and all structures, both in the natural and the spiritual, that have covered over that eternal truth, of Jesus Christ being the Only Savior, be torn down and restored to that of which He is. Only then will eyes be turned from the idols and lies that have so blinded, so many, for so long.
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God (emphasis mine), who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:1-10)
There is no joy in seeing the destruction of beautiful architecture that was built centuries past. For that matter, there is no joy at all in seeing anything good and wholesome in life being removed, especially the unborn lives we have become accustomed to destroying, with little thought of the eternal ramifications.
But God, seated on the throne, knows what is going on, and is not sitting idly by. He promised to shake all things that stand between Him and the people He loves, continually trying to show that His love alone can save.
When that truth is realized and accepted, those crying at times like these can know of Him and know Him. Hopefully, they will turn to Him, Jesus Christ, and be saved.
Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).
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Now Think On This #413 - in the year of our Lord 04.17.19 – “Notre Dame Cathedral. But God.” – Wednesday 8:15 am