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  • March 06, 2014
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RELIGION -- Lets Talk About Jesus

BY RODNEY TILLEY, PASTOR VAN HORN COMMUNITY CHURCH

A good pastor friend of mine, Pastor H, from Philadelphia, recently paid the ultimate sacrifice for living in the inner city and ministering in a church there.

He lost his lovely young daughter to a homicidal accident and it did not make any sense at all to me. I was left with wondering, "Why?”  Later after her funeral, as we were talking, he made the statement, "I do not know what I would do without Jesus.” He was still talking of the comfort and peace he felt, even in the midst of turmoil and chaos. But I must admit I was having my doubts as I tried to figure it all out. 

It started me thinking but in an opposite way, for I took the sentence and asked myself the same question but answered in the negative instead of the positive. In my mind, I began to make a list of things I would do if I did not know Jesus as my Lord and my God. 

I would worry a lot and spend sleepless nights trying to understand our world.
I would fear death and never attend funerals again, for they would remind me of only of my frailty.
I would trust no one and would be constantly looking over my shoulder for some hint of danger. 
I would suspect all of my friends of ulterior motives, for they had disappointed me too many times in the past. 
I would be angry at life for its many ups and downs.
I would be depressed from anger and bitterness.
I would seek to be entertained to be happy, for I would possess no happiness from within.
I would become addicted, for that lack of happiness would lead me to seek happiness elsewhere.
I would try to believe only in me, and I would disappoint myself.

In fact, if I did not have Jesus in my life, I would be miserable and would hate myself for having been born. But today, we can, I can, stand with my pastor friend and even in times of bitterness and despair know the joy and comfort of Christ’s presence.

 Jesus said, "This is a parting gift for you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left- feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught. (John 14:27). In fact later he tells us to be of "good cheer.” 

 So, Pastor H., "What would any of us do without Jesus?’ I guess not much of anything good, and thanks for reminding us again. For more information on this "peace” please call: Pastor Tilley at 432-207-0015.