This week we have witnessed a horrible few days in the City of Baltimore, a town I used to love to visit on the weekend to see the Orioles play baseball. Baltimore has always been a great baseball town with the locals proud of their Orioles and the magnificent renovation to the old Inner Harbor area.
But something has gone awry, much like what has happened in so many places in America of late, as anarchy, destruction, pain and suffering are forced upon unknowing decent people by unruly and irrational mob actions of those filled with hate. And no group in this country, or around the world, is receiving this evil outpouring more than Christians, those of us who have decided to live our life for Jesus Christ in order to achieve Everlasting Life at His table with the Father.
The opening passage is a living example of how the persecution that grows today is nothing but an offshoot of the suffering that Jesus' Disciples would face after His Ascension. The passage offers His words of warning and preparation for the hardships they would face, but then later He explains the joy of Salvation that they will receive and that He will return. The words were offered on that fateful night after the Last Supper when he knew his arrest and trial were imminent.
Yes, indeed, He will return and with His next arrival He will banish the fallen angel, satan, to the hell that he so richly deserves. So keep your faith, stand by it with courage and resolve, because neither man nor a fallen angel is any match for Jesus Christ Our Savior. And in the immediate meantime, pray for good people everywhere and do your part to help those who don't already know to learn of the Glory of Believing in Him. And also pray for all of those like the good people in Baltimore, that they might again experience peace and tranquility despite being in a world of such pain and suffering.
God bless you all.