Devotional: April 2nd
I'm back. Bet a lot of you didn't even realize I was gone. I did receive a number of phone calls and, from what I heard from some close friends, some e-mails asking what happened to me. Truth be told I got caught up in the swirling mass that is the internet. I was swept away by the impersonal manner in which some Internet Service Providers (isp) dealt with their clientele.
America Online, good old AOL, busted me for sending what they called "objectionable material" over the internet. This was early in my life with Study Light. The "objectionable material" was too many e-mails at one time. But I was made to feel like what I was sending was vile or repugnant simply because what was communicated to me was that my subject matter was offensive. This was explained to me the day I dropped AOL and went with Bell South.
Bell South just kind of left me cold. Their software couldn't compete with what I had with AOL. Then the funniest thing happened. I couldn't even get back on the internet. Every time I tried I received a message that said something like Bell South does not recognize the screenname and password I gave them. So I flirted with high speed internet through our cable provider and found out my computer was rife with viruses that wouldn't allow the software to identify my USB ports. So here I am with a new computer and back on AOL.
Interesting isn't it? We are waiting for the return of a Savior who was told that the content of His teaching was not right for Jewish society. What He spoke was labeled as "blasphemy", which is a really fancy term for "highly objectionable to God". In truth, it was just offensive to the Jews who saw Jesus as a boat rocker, especially when He called the Jewish leaders "blind guides" and a "brood of vipers". They decided that the best thing they could do was to kick him off the earth.
So they crucified Him. Before this took place, Jesus assured His disciples with these words: "I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am there you may be also." John 14:2,3 That is the promise that we have and that is the hope that we hold onto. Someday Jesus will return. There is nothing that can prevent Him from doing so.
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