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Comfort Ye My people
We all had wonderful long week-end. It is week-end that students and parents alike look forward to. People travel long distance to be with friend and relatives on this occasion while others just take advantage of the day. Memorial Day week-end brings back lots of memories full of pains and grief. A day set aside for the living to remember the dead. It also brings to our minds that we are just passing through. Therefore we must be grateful to be on the side of the living, during memorial day. Many are sadden when this day comes because of the gravity of their lost. Loses that occurred in various forms, be it at war, sickness, or incidents. We all have experience lost, grief, and pain. If you have not lost any friend, relative, or family member, there are other elements in life that causes pain and discomfort, and disappointment. Let us take time reflect on the good deeds of those that are gone on. Life has away of taking a tour on us, one day we are glad and next comes discouragement and disappointment . But our world is left totally desolate to ourselves even though it seems that all we see is heartache, pains. Therefore on such an occasion our prayers should be for the comfort to come to all mankind.
Maybe our reading in Matthew 5.4, will be of consolation to all. When Christ said blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. To comfort, the an English scholar once defines comfort in these words, “ A state of ease and satisfaction of bodily wants, with freedom from pain and anxiety. While anxiety is the distress or uneasiness caused by fear or misfortune. Our city can relate to the pain of lose when child was killed in her parents home, when school teacher is killed by a student. All atrocities do move us to crave for comfort. But when shall we be comforted, as Christ said? Who can really console us in these hours? John 16: I will send another comforter. The word us in this text has varieties of meaning in the Greek lexicon, PARACLETE, means, comforter, advocate, consollor. But we will only discus the work of their works in brief. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter, the teacher, and defender. For taught by Holy Spirit, and have our account settle we begin to enjoy the comfort that one gets from God’s own words.
** When Christ was on earth his disciples experience full comfort, those who came in contact with Christ enjoy full comfort. For healed the lady that had been sick for twelve years, he healed the commander daughter, even brought Lazarus. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people.
I. Who are God people that Isaiah was commanded to comfort? All nations, Jacob,
both the unbeliever and the believers. God does hate sin, yet he so love the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believer in him should not perish, but live. These are those that are to be comforted.
To comfort, the an English scholar once defines comfort in these words, “ A state of ease and satisfaction of bodily wants, with freedom from pain and anxiety. While anxiety is the distress, or uneasiness caused by fear or misfortune. Our nation and country can relate to the pain of lose we have all experienced to some extend. The words of the ancient prophet now finds meaning, and power in our situation this morning. And they impact us with great relevance as we sit and wait for God to comfort his people in Liberia.
II. The call and command is given to us to do the comforting. Secondly the order is issued to the angelic fold to first comfort us as we comfort the world for Christ. I believed this is what the British Poet Sir John Milton meant when he wrote “ Millions of Spiritual creatures walk the earth both when we sleep, and when wake.” It is the angel that cheer us on, as we face trails, and encourage us to press on for the night if almost over and eastern skies are becoming lighter.
The call is also
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