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What's the point of life?



  • September 14, 2019
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Beckett's play Waiting for God 02 characters wait for that one friend that never comes he's essentially saying that's the point of life waiting for nothing what does the Bible have to say find out on this up a sort of inverse. Coming to you from Silver Spring Maryland welcome to. The Bible based conversation on my principles contemporary and thought provoking. Now here's your host just until within the welcome everyone to in verse we are in a series of episodes talking about justice and mercy in the entire Bible we have covered a lot of ground on this season and we're looking at the concept of hope and how that plays and plays into plays into play how that plays with justice when it comes to our own personal suffering and in the history of humanity so Jonathan if you can read the verse from Luke Chapter 181 through 8 but before you always read scripture you need to have a word of prayer in So Cal and so you get a rose yeah let's say we try to let's break Father in heaven we thank you for the gift of your words and as we open and study and discuss I pray that your Holy Spirit would guide us open our eyes that we may behold wondrous things from the law and help us to walk there and we proudly say things in Jesus' name amen amen amen amen Let's go to Luke Chapter 18 verse one through 81 of my favorite parables of Jesus and I will spend some time looking at it but let's see how it fits into the concept of hope on waiting on patience and about delay so 1st one C.Q. Can you read that for us or John Johnson verse one OK and with the sequel if you are going to do that then he spoke a parable that's Jesus to them that men always ought to pray and not lose heart saying. Continue you have to sort of roast one should 1st it OK So you're saying there was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man that there was a widow in that city and she came to him saying get justice for me from my adversary and he would not for a while but afterward he said within themselves though not fear of God nor regard yet because this would have troubles me I will venture less by her continual coming she weary me than the Lord said here what the unjust judge said and shell God not eventually own elect to cry out day and night to him though he bears along with them I tell you that he will avenge them speedily Nevertheless when the Son of Man comes will he really find faith on the earth All right thank you Jonathan what's going on here well this parable contrasts an unjust judge with the character of God and you know Jesus says in verse 6 this is an unjust judge can come to the place where he will administer justice for selfish reasons because this woman is begging him to get out of my hair you know I had it with this woman for selfish reasons as unjust judge will administer justice and then he asked the question and shall not God avenge his own elect what he's saying is that do we think that God is worse off than this unjust judge what do we think of the character of God So in the experience of prayer which is where it started in verse one the whole point of the parable was meant to pray and not lose heart in our experience of prayer when we're coming to God requesting of him justice when a question of him to intervene in all situations what Jesus is asking is What do we think of the character of the God who we are approaching Do we think he's like this unjust or do we have the right picture of who God is so if this guy is that bad and he's already and. Serene her prayer is out of annoyance and out of pettiness and out of whatever order whatever then how much more God I mean it's got a Jesus is showing a comparison between the 2 I'm Jonathan what does it mean that in the end secret alluded to it that men always ought to pray and not lose heart. Are people losing heart what does it mean to lose heart why why if you want to pick up your heart and put it I mean what's what what is it like there is all it has to do with with the fact that we need to be persistent sometimes. God works through process and so we often treat God like you know slot machine you put prayer and you want a result out or where no or maybe not a slot machine because you don't always get a result out but you know like yeah yeah when the machine that's right that was the one and only. Years you lose I really learned more you know I think it was a lot of hard area and it's money so it has to do with being able to wait patiently and God coming in and kind of reminds me the Psalms that we have talked about Psalms before here that you know you have you have this question of how long how long how long God when will you come in the van to come and do something and I'm waiting and waiting the point of it is that we need to trust this is I think what also talks about faith in the end trust that God will come through but we need to have the patience with him and keep connecting with him because sometimes we might be asking for something that's actually not the right thing to ask for and in the process of waiting God teaches us what we ought to ask for and I heard a sermon by the that took this parable and contextualize it to contemporary audience and it talked about how there was a black American leader she went to court and she was asking for justice because her son had died through some crazy crazy circumstances through racism and the judge was white and the white judge just totally wrote her off saying you're black you don't understand this and you're wrong but she. He continues to come back come back and the white judge and of course is all hypothetical based on perhaps contemporary circumstances and scenarios says well no you're black you're poor you don't understand you're an educated writes about this happens a couple more times but she continues to come back and he be out of knowing so out of wicked annoyance. You don't. And then just kind of writes her off and and and judges in her favor and the revolutionary component in this when looking at it that way is not only the character of God how good he is but also how persistent the leading is not only her persistence she refuses to get discouraged with the continual results so we've heard this many times like insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results but that's essentially what hope is and so yeah you do the same thing but your hope is not on a earthly realm environment but is with God and you persist persist persist and your revolutionary character are free if she's really not doing anything different but she's in the same thing and she continues to resist and that the fruit of faith comes up so you're looking at me like you. Just talked about. What this what do you this brings out when he asked that last question that's on this book about when the Son of Man comes will he really find faith on the earth. The fact that God that we haven't seen the justice from God is not a commentary on God's willingness to give justice because he's already said I tell you that God will avenge them speedily not just slowly and not like oh you got away you know because you know it can't it will take God forever to finally find a solution that God has a terrorist confirmed that he's going to come from but now you know there's something in our individual experience that needs to be worked out through the process I'm waiting for the exact thing and what Jesus asked. In the end is that when when when he comes when God comes back when Jesus comes back will he find a people who have confidence in the character of God who will keep coming because they trust the character of God because they trust the nub of God even though they may not see the results right now but they have faith in God based on his character and on what he has demonstrated based on his ability from what they understand of his ability and they have a faith experience. When I consider things that are easy to personally ask for it's just things that we really really want and that's that's when you know thin that that parable that that woman really wanted justice for a son so it's like irrelevant if you're a says it relevant of you being an awful person I want this so badly they're going to keep coming back and you think about a small child is going to keep asking for the same toy over and over again for they want to please Daddy place please and days go by they keep asking for something and if you just leave it out but they don't like it's because they want to so badly but they don't really want to it is kind of like oh they don't want to so I guess I don't get any more and in the same way God is saying you know God has this idea but the question is do we really want it do we really want him to come back to we really want him to bring justice we really want him to answer our prayers or we just praying because he's told someone will pray but is that actually in the desire of our heart and that's even how we get a desire praying for something over and over again and agonizing with God So I mean at the end of the day prayer really has very little to do with changing God And really it's about its development hope. This is this concept the whole in modern context and modern philosophy is ridiculed this whole philosophy of excess and I mean I talked about in the opener there's a play I mean I mean if you see you know waiting for God Oh it is the most boring place in the history I'm going to. Put the point of it is it's intended to be boring 2 characters there and they're just talking about all the other dumb things there are to talk about the time my shoe laces and about a tree or a bird that Charlie be. And then we got to wait and then they were in the more silence and then the more for those talk and in the guise saying the author space is saying that's what life really is what are we for and you lose hope you lose heart that's what Jesus taught and it's sad that that is that is I think that is the modern contemporary post-modern condition I mean that when you are subject to an overall sad and we're on our phones addicted to watching ourselves on T.V. does that Jonathan help us out what's going on a lot of you can help looking at as a year like you want to provide some hope. And I like to look at things the loss of it was obviously and then from a bigger picture here but I'm just thinking often we don't know what we are looking for and what we're hoping and waiting for and but essentially I think deep down inside of us we all we all want justice whether we consciously or subconsciously we want what is right and what is good and what is what is pure and what is what is love we want that's what we desire that we were designed for and that we want to because that's what we were designed for and so we don't have it now and so we seek it in all kinds of places but the Bible is very clear about the hope that we have justice will come God will avenge speedily love is on its way you know and we have glimpses here on Earth in our in our relationship with each other as Christians in a relationship with God We get a glimpse of that great hope that is going to be fulfilled as Bible prophecy predicts it's just a wonderful thing to know it's going to come but we've got to hold on a little longer and and enjoy the process and the hope is there is this concept called the already and nice Yes concept of Jesus has given us a check yes we really use checks anymore Jesus has transferred digital us that funds to our bank account to our to our bit to money at the. Funds are there but it takes time for the body at the bank now that under the big bank to acknowledge the money you have received and so we're just waiting for that pending stat is just that it just just to switch off now that's all we're waiting for so let's actually look 1st Corinthians 15 and see where our hope trajectory is pointing towards 1st Corinthians 15 1st 12 to 23 and you get there. Now if Christ is preached that he has been raised from the dead how do some among you see that there is no resurrection of the dead but if there is no resurrection of the dead then Christ has not risen and if Christ has not risen then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty Yes and we have found false witnesses of God because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ when he did not resign if in fact the dead did not rise for if the dead do not rise then Christ is not risen and if Christ has not risen your fate is futile and us still in your sense then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished in this life only we have hope in Christ we are of all men the most of us are there so here Paul is talking about the rational reaction being our hope we come back after the break we're going to see why the resurrection why the 2nd coming of Jesus is the is the punk chillier moment where all of our hope now is pivoted upon So stay with us we'll see you after the break. Has impressed been a blessing to you Do you have questions comments or feedback you'd like to leave us find us on social media by searching. On Facebook Twitter Instagram for you to while there join us like us comes up next our handle again is in 1st Bible states and now back to the discussion. So we're looking at home and where how the 2nd coming of Jesus fits into these things concepts are sometimes cliche for people who believe in the Bible but so you want to ask you for a nonbeliever how do we how do we talk to them and explain the importance that there is an event in history in the future of which our hope is based on yeah one thing that is I really like how logical Paul is OK and just how he lines things up like if this falls apart that falls apart this falls apart and it's not we don't have a faith or. It is like it's OK if we believe in $3.00 to $5.00 things but it's each builds on the other one in this case logical comprehensive Yeah he was just on it like I like this I believe that like that's like this logically progresses to this and therefore this and therefore we should live this way yes and so he's focusing on that Jesus rose from the dead so Jesus wasn't just some guy who helped some people and then he died and like that was awful and we move on but Jesus was the Son of God who raised from the dead according to the prophecies and he I mean he lived this life and he did things that no one else did and so his his rising from the dead it proves other parts of the Bible other parts that are true so that part isn't true again it's like the rest falls apart and someone like picking and choosing the kind of done that you know if Jesus. To rise from the dead is probably the most powerful thing that can happen to a human being I mean there's death because powerful one is more powerful than death and so Jesus being resurrected. Is kind of like this the stamp of approval or a stamp of confirmation on everything else he said and done. If this is the power that's behind all the promises of his word. We can trust I mean if Jesus didn't resurrect and OK great stories great promises but I mean your savior died he's what you know but he is resurrected he has conquered death I mean this is the most powerful I mean I love it later on and 1st grade is 15 this is death will die yes you know death where is your victory just swallowed up in Jesus came to eliminate death all soul. After that she grew so I think in the world. There are there is a natural desire to have hope. From when you're a little child there's and in the yearning desire to to feel like there's a purpose there's meaning. There's something to look forward to and when that is stripped away really like existentially speaking in your in your day to day experience it's hard to live without Look being able to look forward to anything I watch several documentaries you know that they do on atheists and logical atheists will take their atheism to the logical remedy final revelation yet and end at the end of the days I OK well if I'm atheist how how do I believe in a non tangible things like love like what is love just a chemical reaction but but then when you're living in your home with your family with your wife with your kids and chemical reaction it's it doesn't existentially doesn't feel like just a chemical reaction it doesn't look like you know pour into thin air from a big to a beaker that's not the experience you have of it so in our human experience we know within ourselves that there's more to this than just the physical. And there's a desire to have that now the challenge because you are talking Carrie about how do you explain this to someone who would reject all of this. For me the pill is to just be honest with yourself you know being honest with how you feel at the end of the day whether it's a happy situation because in our happiness it doesn't logically make sense it's it's an experience that you have like the connection that you have with somebody else or even in our sadness and the desire for the yearning for something more for meaning behind the suffering that is not something that could be physically or tangibly explained but it's something that's humanly experienced and what what Paul speaks to here is that we have a point in history that actually gives the hope that every human heart desires and we may not be able to completely explain it logically how is it possible that. Somebody who is dad not reading can actually come. But it actually answers the questions that our hearts are asking OK OK Kelly just the last reverse of what you write is from your batteries in the 171819 Those are secret the 15 says and if Christ is not risen your faith is futile you are still in your sins that also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished those who have died actually really really died and if in this life only we have hope in Christ we are of all men the most pitiable and so we just bring all these applications like you are still in bondage to send the people that you're like Oh we'll see them again no you won't and actually we just get to live this life only even though we have this idea of a different world and so just to show that to people like you know everyone dies everyone so well there really rich or really powerful really famous or not like everyone has that experience and so to a nonbeliever of telling them like there is something beyond this and Jesus has proven that he can take us there because he beat it himself and so I think that's that's where it's pivotal and sharing that but also making the foundation of all the promises of God and deliverance and for you and for your family and for everyone to have a better life with him and securely for this whole concept is. I think human beings I think in my opinion is that we place hope in everyone places hope in something yeah we're we're we put our eggs in this one basket and we're banking that this plays out and if it doesn't play out then we experience this despair and he's actually a philosopher like Well don't put your eggs in any basket because it all doesn't work right. Christianity is the one bag basket of eggs that still has yet to play out you know we know that Jesus came and he died he resurrected and he's given us a down payment that this will play out you just have to still wait for it to happen until the end is awaiting for that 2nd coming and then also what comes afterwards OK we're going to see something. As I say just that our hope is based on faith as on a blind hope and just differentiate between that because we don't know all the things it's not wishful thinking right so it is based on something and part of it is intangible We don't know yet because faith but it's not blind hope it's faithful who say well. I mean I agree I think our our faith is very strong if you if you're very honest with the Word of God and you read it and you see the incredible complexity but get simplicity and then you see the prophet you see all these things that come together to make sense they build upon each other as we said I have not found in any other religion in the world and I mean no offense to anyone who believes something else I've not found anything more logical and more beautiful and comprehensive than what the Bible promises and the Bible also provides the power with those promises in your personal life and for power to have that hope for the future not just goes let's go to transition to the ultimate picture of hope the final picture found in Revelation chapter 21 this these chapters have always been the most colorful and as a child I love these these verses and as an adult I treasure these verses but listen to 21 verses one through 41 through 5 Let me read them and then now I saw and you have a new earth for the 1st heaven and the 1st earth had passed away there was no more sea then I John A saw the holy city the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride adorned for husband I heard a loud voice from heaven same Behold the tabernacle of God is with men he should well with them and they should be his people God himself will be with them and be their God God will wipe away every tear from their eyes there shall be no more death nor sorrow nor crying there should be no more pain for the former things have passed away and he that sat on the throne said Behold I make all things new and he said to me Write for these are these words are true and skip the chapter 22 verses one through 5 and Cal can read it for us and he showed me a pure river. Of Water of Life clear as crystal proceeding from the throne of God and of the land in the middle of its street and on either side of the river was the Tree of Life which bore 12 fruit each tree yielding its fruit every month the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations and there shall be no more curse but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it and his servants shall serve him they shall see his face and his name shall be on their foreheads there shall be no night there they need no lamp nor light of the Sun The Lord God gives them light and they shall reign forever and ever and I want you but whenever I don't I never tire of those verses and you get this you know. Now on one side you can be like that's just you know what is it. Putting putting it forth in the future and not dealing with your problems Xscape ism but in another perspective this is a real method narrative a real real real physical reality that we have some to look forward to what do we say to people who say that this is just wishful thinking when you well I was mostly in Revelation 21 of us 4. I resonate with most white every tear from the eyes. Though that period of time I think that humanity longs for whether it's wishful thinking I mean they call it wishful thinking or not but every human when they are faced with death and knew in the face of the sorrow in every human heart is a longing that there will come a time that there is no death or not sorrow when separation happens between our loved ones we know within ourselves that something about this is not right. And what the Bible offers is an answer to those questions that really science can't answer give us an alternative there's no better alternative. And so you how do you so well you're just thinking wishfully spoke about we have our hope is based on something you know the reality of Jesus' coming the 1st time in his resurrection all those things those extra no objective evidence yes tree and you're bringing me into words in origin the argument that if this is something that humanity yearns for there must be something that bills the desire for that yes eternal life a lack of suffering in the absence of all these bad things and a natural gravitation for that which is otherwise what like what Paul said then we are most pitiable here yeah well. You know we're talking about all the skeptics and trying to answer the skeptics but what I really want to point to here is the great hope that we have when we read this I mean this is so beautiful women incredible longing for this you know like Please come soon but what I love about this is this is about our God He Emmanuelle our God with us he has an even greater longing his longing his hope is to be with us and so his he is God and He has given everything to make that possible we can never match the kind of hope that he has and so I love how God is yearning for us and that yearning has been manifested through Jesus and the Word of God and all those things and now our response is a yearning for him and there will be discriminating moment when we when we when we unite when he come out and so and I you. Really appreciate that you know when the most painful stories that I hear my husband gets upset when I showed him these stories you know stories about little children you know dying through horrible circumstances I don't go looking for them they find me on Facebook kind of stories and then he gets up says like why you re And that's the whole like I don't look for it but it is just a sense of injustice like when a little kid dies you know like. In an older person he's a human too just like a kid but you just can't escape that feeling of this something wrong about that and I imagine from watch on that and I say I imagine the injustice though the sense of nonsensical news that we feel when we see those kind of stories multiply that by how many times God in your opinion. And the longing that we have in remarks replied that by how much he would long for those kind of situations that injustice to be over it's incredible these chapters reveal the heart of God even saying that there will be no more see not meaning there's no more oceans or any are or any bodies of water but even the sea that separated John away from his beloved friends and family that separation is gone and everything is united meaning it's a very End story and the ending is good that hope is in us we want more of it we want you to have it we want all of us to be connected together through the hope of Jesus Christ thanks so much for joining us we'll see you here next week on earth you've been listening to inverse a Bible based conversation telling what is wrong God Jonathan Walter Sebastian Baxter the secret doctor or your host just in 10 in verses brought to you by the full time television that changes life but this and more inspired ever so there's an inverse hope to God or to find this on social media. 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