“Today, You Will be With Me…”

(LukeGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » 23:33-43, ISV)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.

Eagle Rock Lutheran ChurchThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... », Los AngelesThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... », Ca“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... »

November 24, 2013

INTRODUCTION

Long timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » ago, a certain JosephJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » Robbins was a bridge watchman on a railway. He was murderedWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » by a neighbor who wanted to get his moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... ». The murderer was caught directly after that. During the trialMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » he made this confessionHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » in open court:

“I knew that Robbins had just received his month’s wages, and I resolved to have his money. I got a shot-gun and went to the bridge. As I came near to the watch-houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », on looking through the window, I saw Robbins sitting inside. His head and shoulders only could be seen. I raised the gun, took aim and fired. I waited a few minutes to see if the report of the gun had alarmed any one, but all was still. Then I went up to the watch-house doorThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... », and found Robbins on his knees praying. Very plainly I heard him say: ‘Oh, God, have mercy on the man who did this, and spare him for Jesus’ sake.’ I was horrified; I did not dare to enter the house. I couldn’t touchMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » that man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... »’s money. Instead of this, I turned and ran away, I knew not whither. His wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » have haunted me ever since.”PHILIPPINES HOLY WEEK GOOD FRIDAY

FATHER, FORGIVE THEM

Robbins learned and inspired with the great attitude of forgivenessThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » from JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... ». When Jesus was persecuting by his countrymen. Jesus kept saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », “Father, forgive them, because they don’t know what they’re doing” (Luke 23:34 ).

AGAPE LOVE

Despite of people’s persecutionThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » against Jesus, He still had heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » to mediate with them. He still had heart to prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » for them. He still had heart to forgiveHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » them. Why? Simply because of His unconditional loveThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... »—the agape love. ThomasI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » Jay Oord has defined agape as “an intentional response to promote well-being when responding to that which has generated ill-being.” In other words, agape love is thinking, praying, doing and advocating what is goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » or wholeness despite of madness, brokenness and unpleasantness in lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... ».

C. J. Vaughan says, “We see in all this the exceeding great love, the selfJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »-forgetfulness, of Jesus ChristThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... »: His considerateness, stronger than deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... ».”

If He had no love, do you think He could endure the blasphemy and mocking of people, the soldiers and that one of the criminals on the crossBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... »? His self-sacrificing love was the powerMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » that’s why He could endure those things.

JESUS WAS ABLE

The good thing with Jesus, despite of that unpleasant, critical situation, He still had ears to listenThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to pleadingThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... » of the criminal, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!” and he had still mouth to pray to GodWhat is Life?. Read more ... », “Father, forgive them, because they don’t know what they’re doing.” And He still had mouth to share hope to the hopeless, to the repentant criminal, “I tell you with certainty, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

How many of us who still have faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » in times of our troubles, crisis and brokenness? That repentant criminal was indeed worried about his “future” after his death. However, He met Jesus on the cross, and he believed that Jesus was not only the saviorIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » but He was the KingWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », that’s why he said, “Jesus remember me when you came into your kingdom.”

REMINDERS TO US

The passage reminds us several things:

(1) Let the love of God prevails. The agape prevails if we are always in Christ. If you don’t receiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » Him yet, this is the time to invite Him in your heart as LordCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » and Savior. As speculated by others, the devastation in the Central PhilippinesProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » revealed that God was mad in the Philippines. I have no idea about that, but what I can see is the Love of God through peoples who are helping fellow people. The bayanihan (camaraderie) of the different countries, allies or not, are very touching! Their timely help savesA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » a lot of survivors.

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(The Americans used their ingenuity to help those people who cannot be reached by land transportation.)

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 This Japanese boy broke his piggy bank and delivered his donations to the Philippine embassy in Japan.

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(This Filipina girl is just selling anything in the streets, and her earnings were given to the victims of Tacloban.)

 

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 (This Russian lady volunteer joined the relief force. It is amazing that she even carried sacks of rice.)

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(Some kababayan sent these canned goods to survivors. The good thing here is the canned goods have inspirational messages such as: pinagdarasal ka namin (we are praying for you), kapit lang (hold tight, be strong), wag susuko (don’t give up), we are praying for you, manalig lang kay God (have faith in God), don’t lose hope, stay strong, God loves you, wag mawalan ng pag-asa (don’t lose hope) (with symbols of smile and love).

 

Survivors show their faith through prayers, processions and masses. It also shows their resilience (ability to recover), and faith in God.

Philippines typhoon aftermath

 (Catholic faithful holding their images in procession)

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(People march in the rain in Tacloban, central Philippines shouting “We shall overcome!” during a procession to call for courage and resilience among the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) survivors, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.)

With these acts of love of the different peoples, we can say that the love of God is revealed to the survivors despite of what happened to them. They might hear and feel the words of Jesus, “Today, I will be with you…” and for their familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » members who had no opportunity to survive they might feel the words of Jesus saying, “Today, You will be with me in Paradise.”

(2) Let forgiveness be an outcome of our love to Him. How can we prove our love to God? One of them is forgiveness for those who sinned against us. Even to those people who do not ask for forgiveness! Some may argue, why should I forgive them since they are not repentant? They do not changeThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » their ways? They are still hurting me. Indeed, it’s difficult, but we should forgive them since it will show our love in Christ. If we have unconditional loveWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » we should have unconditional forgiveness for those who sinned against us.

(3) Let Jesus’s will prevails in our lives. The kingshipWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » of Jesus is visible in us if His words and works are in us. Joseph Robbins showed Jesus’ kingship in his life since even in the midst of death, he could not forget to show love to the man who killed him. It seems I hear the words of Jesus for Robbins, “Joseph Robbins, today, you will be with me in Paradise.”

CONCLUSION

The following storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » is fictional, and it does not mean God plays with us and makes us robot. However it shows that God is with usGod is With Us. Read more ... » always, and He is taking care of us.

There was a conversation between God and a man:

Man: “Lord, can I ask You a questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... »?”

God: “Sure.”

Man: “PromiseThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » You won’t get mad?”

God: “I promise.”

Man: “Why did You let so many things happen to me today?”

God: “What do you mean?”

Man: “WellJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... », I woke up— late.”

God: “Yes.”

Man: “My car took forever to start.”

God: “Okay.”

Man: “At lunch they made my sandwich wrong, and I had to wait.”

God: “Hmm…”

Man: “On the wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... », my phone went DEADJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », just as I picked up a call.”

God: “Alright.”

Man: “And to top it all off, when I got home I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot massager, and relax. BUT it won’t work!! NothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » went right today! Why did you do that?”

God: “Let me see, the death angelGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » was at your bed this morning, and I had to send“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » one of My AngelsThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » to battle him for your life. I let you sleepThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » through that.”

Man: “Oh…”

God: “I didn’t let your car start simply because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.”

Man: “Oh..”

God: “The first person who made your sandwich was sickThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... », and I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss your work.”

Man: “Okay…”

God: “Your phone went dead simply because the person that was callingGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » was going to giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » false witnessThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » about what you said on the call, I didn’t even let you talkThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » to them so you would be covered.”

Man: I see“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... », Lord.”

God: “Oh, and that foot massager. It had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be alone in the dark.”

Man: “I’m sorry, God.”

God: “Don’t be sorry, just learn to TRUSTHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » ME… In ALL things, the good and the bad.”

God: “Don’t doubtI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » that My planHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » is always better than your plansMy Day's Plan is Changed to God's Plan. Read more ... », and don’t worry since I am with you always”

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