Ozark Christian Living

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Trail of Tears

June 20

"... why weepest thou?"   John 20:13, 15

"... Mary discovered these words of David exquisitely true:"

 

 

The tears of unbelief on earth, are understandably, an astonishment to Heaven.  First the angels, then JESUS, ask this question of Mary: "... woman, why weepest thou?"  Maybe she is the same woman weeper detailed in this account from Luke's gospel: "... she hath washed MY feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head."  For certain, it was this same Mary, who lost it at the time of her brother's death: "JESUS therefore saw her weeping ..."  Perhaps she was there, along the Via Dolorosa, as our LORD made HIS way from court to Calvary: "But JESUS turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for ME, but weep for yourselves, and for your children." And now, a mere three days later, Mary finds herself breaking down again, in spite of all the prior admonition: "But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,"  The perception of a CHRIST-less existence is vociferous to the naked eye, but not to the eye of faith.  Both perceive the same thing, but the latter knows what has happened to the contents of the tomb.  "JESUS saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto HIM, RABBONI; which is to say, MASTER."  Suddenly, Mary discovered these words of David exquisitely true: "... weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."  And again, when David writes: "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy." ... what a Sunday morning that turned out to be for one weepy woman!

There are, however, some legitimate reasons for tears to be found in the Bible.  Job, a man that feared GOD, and eschewed evil, testified: "My face is foul with weeping ..."  David cried himself to sleep more than once over the enemies of GOD: "I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears."  The sons of Korah bawled over the unbelief of their day: "My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, where is thy GOD?"  Jeremiah wept so much and so often during the Babylonian siege and subsequent overrun of Jerusalem, that he goes down as 'the weeping prophet' of Scripture: "Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!"  And ... JESUS wept ... because sin is lamentable, and its consequence of death and Hell are unbearable to the heart of GOD.

Just beyond the grave will reveal but two types; the born again, who leap for joy: "And GOD shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." ... and the scorners who lift up their eyes in Hell where: "... there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."


For Love of Country
Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853)
(Harvard Law professor)
"If a close examination of the evidences of Christianity may be expected of one class of men more than another, it would seem incumbent upon lawyers who make the law of evidence one of our peculiar studies."


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