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Topic: STAND UP FOR JESUS (don't write about the song) (04/09/15)
TITLE: Listen to the Music
By Dave Walker
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As militant atheists rail against the notion of God, and children are stolen and raped; as babies are burned and dismembered in the womb and heads roll in an orgy of hatred and misplaced religious zeal, the jarring music is reaching a crescendo of untold agony and misery.
Yet, turn your ears to heaven and you'll hear a different sound. Through the noise and the railing and mockery you'll hear the warm cello strains of the Son of Man "Come to Me, all who are burdened and heavy laden and I will give you rest." Cutting through the weeping dirge of a bereft mother with her dead child, is the song of the Saviour "The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit". Woven through the drumbeats of war is a tambourine dance of promise, "They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks."
The chaotic noise is getting louder, but the Song of the Saviour is becoming more insistent. Everywhere people are starting to hear it. Mothers, weeping for their aborted children are tuning in to the life-giving strains of Amazing Grace and finding forgiveness. Muslims, tortured and bereaved by their own brothers are finding the cleansing blood of Jesus more persuasive than the spattered blood of Jihad. Mockers, suddenly finding they are the mocked, are hearing the God-Man who resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Though the noise is loud, the rumbles frightening and the screeching makes you quake, the Saviour's song will prevail. When the final curtain falls, He will get the standing ovation. Stand up, stand up for Jesus. Listen now, to His song, for if you do, one day you will sing it with all of creation. His is the song that will triumph, with a thousand thousand angels joining the chorus, linking voices with the saints who heard His music in the midst of their suffering and called on His Name. Turn your ear to heaven and your heart to the Saviour.
He waits, your unique score in His hand, for you to join for eternity, the harmony of heaven.
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