John Denver vs. Jesus

Posted: April 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

As I sit here in my seat on the plane back to Oregon (in the back not in the cockpit) I’m trying to come up with something spiritual, something thought provoking, something convicting. We have just come off of Holy Week and Easter. How can you top celebrating Christ’s death and resurrection in a short blog? So all I can think of is John Denver’s song, “Leaving on a Jet Plane”. The lyrics that are stuck in my head are, ” don’t know when I’ll be back again.”
That line is something that never came out of Jesus’ lips. All throughout scripture He spoke of His leaving. He made sure that His followers knew that he was leaving. In Mark Chapter 8, 9 and 10 He tells of his leaving. In other words, He was speaking of His death. But in all of the gospels the words, “don’t know when I’ll be back again” never present themselves. God declares that He will return. It’s is not a question, it’s not maybe. It’s He Will Return!

Throughout our lives, there are a lot of people who will leave us. Not to be depressing but it’s true. But what about outside of people? What about joy? What about peace? What about contentment, hope, love, steadfastness, kindness, humility, money? What about submission? Let me leave you with this thought. We know that Jesus will return. He told us that. You wonder where all the items I listed have gone, you wonder why you don’t have them any more, you wonder when they are going to come back? It’s time YOU RETURN to Jesus. He’s coming back for you and me. But right now, it’s about us returning to Him and finding all those qualities that God desires for us.

Written by Matt Graber


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