BY REV. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: -Hebrews 13:20-21
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen
Although we may all have our unique identity, there are some things we all have in common. Many of these things are certain values we learn through our day to day lives. For example: none of us are perfect. We have all sinned in some way throughout our life and we are all probably dealing with something at this very moment.
Because things don’t always work out the way we wish them to, we find the unexpected inevitable. Circumstances determine or modify a fact or event. For an example, “under the circumstances, the wedding had to be postponed.”
Whatever the circumstance is, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the original plan has been derailed because of some unexpected incident or occurrence. In most cases, when a person describes some sort of derailment in their lives, the circumstance more often is a negative circumstance over a positive one. But allow me to remind you that every circumstance is not necessarily bad.
One of the dictionary definitions of circumstance is used in a sample sentence that I thought was so appropriate for my next point. The sentence was, “his arrival was a fortunate circumstance.” When I look at where I am in life, being able to talk, see, hear and speak, I am grateful for the fact that I’m not where I could be, and definitely not where I should be according to my past. Some of you may be able to relate to this the same way I can. You can testify that you are living proof that His arrival in your life was a fortunate circumstance. No matter what you’re going through, God was able to show up at the right time to perform the right task on your behalf. He shows up when you least expect it. He not only opens doors, but closes doors that could have led to things we would have never imagined.
The writer says in verse 20 that he brought us again from the dead, meaning He brought us through sinful thinking and sinful actions that would have engulfed our soul to eternal death if we were never sought after and brought into His care. God’s arrival in our lives was a most fortunate circumstance. Under those circumstances, we are more than conquerors designed to overcome hindrances in our path. It is because of the fortunate arrival of Jesus that we are set free from the circumstance of death and destruction.
Upon His arrival Jesus declares “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35); “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12); “I am the gate” (John 10:9); “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11); “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25-26); “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6); “I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15:5). So under the circumstances, even though we are surrounded by drama, deceit, division and destructive mentalities, we are blessed with new mercies daily, living in God’s favor. He has promised to give us life more abundantly if we are obedient to His will. Therefore, under the circumstance “you shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of the water, that bring forth fruit in due season and whatsoever you do you shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3).
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