Tuesday: November 24, 2020
Luke 21:5-6 One day people were standing around talking about the Temple, remarking how beautiful it was, the splendor of its stonework and memorial gifts. Jesus said, “All this you’re admiring so much—the time is coming when every stone in that building will end up in a heap of rubble.”
I don’t have a lot partying experience but the little I have gathered largely highlights two categories of people one is likely to encounter at a party: ‘the life of the party’ or the ‘killjoys’ [that’s a new word I found in the dictionary today]
Those referred to as ‘the life of the party’ bring excitement and positive energy to the table as they wish that everyone has a jolly good time. Yet, there is something about those who are the life of the party – they are more often people pleasers. Thus, they may say only that things that others want to hear and do those which they want to be done.
The second group is the ‘killjoys’. As the name suggests, they are are the party killers who suck the joy out of every situation by saying what no one wants to hear. They are just ‘mood disturbers’ but today, Jesus assumes this role. We may even call him a bearer of bad news because while others were adoring the grandeur and beauty of the temple, He proceeds to announce calamity.
One thing we can bear in mind is this ‘if you do not speak at the right time, you can lose a person. Yet if you speak at the wrong time, you can still lose your words. However, a wise person loses neither their words nor any people. The message sent out today did exactly what it was set out do: to increase the curiosity of its hearers.
Beloved, it is worth noting that whether it is through human vessels under inspiration by the Holy Spirit or a direct address, every message of God has an audience. That audience may not be you, so don’t expect God to only say what you want to hear. A rebuke or a warning will not be good news to you but Jesus won’t hold back just because of that, His audience await.