We Just Never Know What the Day Will Bring

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 / 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 / Mark 1:21-28

We just never what the day will bring—
We just never know!?!?!?!

I gave a presentation about our Newman
Center this past Monday evening in Paducah. Ky.

So, Tuesday morning—
Ryan Haley, our development director
and I got up and started
the four-hour drive back to Lexington.

And as we were traveling those
Western Kentucky Parkways—
we kept seeing state police cars—
blue lights flashing—
all speeding toward the west.

We’d slow down—
and they’d race past us.

And then about five miles further down the road,
we’d see another—
blue lights on—
just flying—in a big hurry to get somewhere.

And then,
a few miles more—
we’d see another.

At first, we made a crack that
the state troopers were probably
having some big breakfast meeting somewhere—
and they wanted to get there quick—
so, they put their blue lights on.

But with every passing police car—
we started to doubt . . . . .
and we started to worry.

I finally said,
“I think something bad has happened.”

So, I checked the news on my phone—
and sure enough—
something bad had happened.

A student had brought a gun into
Marshall County High School—
and started shooting—
killing two students and wounding more.

Ryan somberly said,
“There’s some parents who are
going to have a really bad day today—
you just never know what the day will bring—
Let’s pray!!!!”

And we did.

You know, these type of incidents
have become somewhat routine in our country.

Sadly, we’re not that surprised anymore.
What a horrible—horrible thing to get used to.

But this one—this one—
hit me harder than most.

Maybe because it was in our own backyard—
right here in Kentucky.
I don’t know.

But what I do know,
is that Wednesday morning,
as I was watching the news—
I couldn’t help but cry.

I couldn’t help but think of those
two teenagers who went to school
that day not having any idea that
it would be their last day on earth.

And their parents—
oh, how I grieve for their parents as
they grieve a loss than no one should ever have to grieve.

And the others who were wounded—
what scars will they carry the rest of their lives?

And that young man—
the shooter—
oh, my goodness—
I grieve for him too.

What was going on in his mind?
What would cause him to do such a thing?

And I think of the pain of his parents.
Oh, my goodness, what must they being going through?

Oh, how fragile life is—
we just never know—
we just never know what the day will bring.

So, let’s take a few moments in silent prayer—
Praying to the God of peace—
Praying to the God of love and compassion and mercy—
Praying to the God who heals—
to send down His Spirit into such
a wounded and hurting world.

You know, this incident has given me
a new perspective on the Gospel.

If you notice,
there is an urgency in the Gospels—
there is an urgency to spread—
to proclaim—
to be witnesses—to the Kingdom of God.

An urgency.

We’re hearing mostly from the
Gospel of Mark this liturgical year.

And there is a distinctive way that
Mark tells the story of Jesus—
a distinctive way that Mark writes.

It doesn’t always come out in the English—
but Mark’s Greek is full of “and’s”.
“And” Jesus did this—
“and” Jesus did that—
“and” then this happened.

And Mark’s Greek is also full of “immediately’s.”

“Immediately,” Jesus did this—
and then “immediately” this happened.

These “and’s” and these “immediately’s”
give Mark’s Gospel a frenzied feel—
there’s an immediacy—
an intensity—
an urgency.

And we’ve seen that over the last couple of weeks.

Jesus was baptized—
And he said, “Repent, the Kingdom of God is at hand.”
And then he called the first disciples—
And immediately they dropped their nets—
And then He went to Capernaum—
And then He preached in the synagogue—
And then He cured the demoniac.

And it all happens so quick—

There’s such an urgency to proclaiming the Kingdom of God—
There’s such an urgency to spread the Kingdom of God.

And now—
after Tuesday morning—
I more understand why!!!

The world really needs Jesus—
The world needs God’s Kingdom
Life is so fragile—
“We just never know what the day will bring.”

And also remember in the Gospels
where there are those who want to be Jesus’ disciples—
they want to follow Him—
and they want to spread the Kingdom of God with Him.

But first, they want to go home and
take care of some other business—
family business—
and Jesus says “No!”

“Follow me—”now”—
“Spread the Kingdom of God with me now”—
“Go and heal with me now.”

The mission is urgent—
The world really needs Jesus—
The world needs the Kingdom of God—

Life is fragile—
People are fragile—
we just never know what the day will bring!!!

And then remember when Jesus sent out
the seventy-two disciples to prepare the way for Him—
and he said, “the harvest is abundant and laborers are few.”

And he told them—take no money bag—
take no sack—take no sandals.

Take nothing to tie you down—
Take nothing to slow you up.
“Go now”—”Go quickly.”

And greet no one along the way—
He tells them.
Don’t stop and talk to your buddies
on the way out of town.

The mission is urgent—
The world really needs Jesus—
The world needs the Kingdom of God—
we just never know what the day will bring!!!

We never know the opportunities we’ll have
To be witnesses to the Kingdom of God—
to be Jesus—
to love on someone—
to help heal someone.

It was beautiful and so heart-breaking to
read about one of victim’s mom and dad.

Fifteen year-old Preston Cope
died in the helicopter on the way to Vanderbilt.

Preston’s parents heard that he had been shot—
and that he was being flown to Nashville—
and immediately—
they got into their car—
and they ran red lights—
and they did everything they could do
to get there as soon as they could so they could
“speak to our boy and just let
him know that we love him.”

We just never know what the day will bring!!!

So let’s not wait—brothers and sisters in Christ!!!
Let’s not dilly-dally around!!!

If we hold a grudge—
try to let it go.

It was so touching to read what
the aunt of Bailey Holy said.

Little 15 year-old Bailey was the other victim.

The aunt said Bailey “would absolutely
tell us all to stop all the fuss,
not to be angry,
forgive him and pray for his mom.”

That’s Kingdom of God language.

Let our hugs be a little more frequent—
And a little tighter—
And a little longer.

Let our “I love you’s”
and our “thank you’s”
sound like we mean it.

If we see a stranger—
say something nice—
put out our hands—
and smile.

And if we see someone down or
Notice someone alone and struggling—
Reach out—
Do something.

The mission is urgent—
The world really needs Jesus—
The world really needs love and healing and
mercy and forgiveness.

Because we just never know what the day will bring!!!

Holy Spirit 01/27-28/2018

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