This past week during my personal retreat and study time, I read this passage from Mt. 9 (CEV): 23When Jesus went into the home of the official and saw the musicians and the crowd of mourners, 24he said, “Get out of here! The little girl isn’t dead. She is just asleep.” Everyone started laughing at Jesus. 25But after the crowd had been sent out of the house, Jesus went to the girl’s bedside. He took her by the hand and helped her up. 26News about this spread all over that part of the country.
As I read this, I thought of people in our culture who laugh at the very idea of Jesus. I hope that at some point, someone of influence will cross their path and at least get them to consider the real Jesus (not the one they’ve either made up or they’ve seen poorly protrayed by some who claim to be followers of Christ). I’m concerned for them, because a day will come when their laughter will turn to mourning as they’ll see His absolute power over sin & death, but it will be too late for them. They will bow before Him and they will confess that He is Lord, but as they ridiculed and refused His presence in this life they’ll receive the same by being separated from Him for eternity in the life (death) to come.