On: September 12, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
What would I do if I won the lottery? It’s an academic question, as I have committed the cardinal lottery sin of not playing! But what if I did win?
Some would say “You wouldn’t see me for dust. World cruise, flash car, mansion by the sea, swimming pool.” Others may get all sensible and announce that they would carry on as usual!
Luke has revealed to us a birth so unique, a life so radical, a death so costly, a resurrection so transforming, an ascension so conclusive, that we must review what impact it will have on our lives. For, surely, what was achieved by Jesus, when he rose from that tomb, is of immeasurably greater significance than winning the lottery every day of the week.
We can get lucky and win the lottery; or we can work our socks off and earn ourselves an impressive pile. But, when we die, we can’t take our toys or our worldly status with us.
If this world is all there is, it makes sense to go for it. In words from Jesus’s own story: “Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” Luke 12:19 But, if this life is only the training ground for the main event … well, that changes everything.
Jesus made it clear that His ascension to heaven was not a parting “farewell and good luck”. Rather, He was leaving, His mission complete, to await our arrival. He likened heaven to a mansion, where there was a place awaiting all who would follow Him.
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:2,3
As Jesus has prepared a place for us, we should be preparing to join Him. How do we get there? By following Him, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John 14:6). And He will be coming back to collect us – on this occasion, not a discreet event in a backwater, but a glorious arrival that all will see: “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and every eye will see him.” Revelation 1:7
We have to decide whether all that Luke has shared with us is the truth. For if it is, it will dictate the life we live, and the way we follow?
As for me – you’ll find me walking in the footsteps of the King.