the weeping prophet

john_blanchardTonight I had the privilege of hearing the Christian apologist and evangelist, John Blanchard preaching in a local church. It’s always dangerous, I think, when people become christian celebrities. But he was full of Jesus and not of himself, which was great to see. He drew some lessons from the life of Jeremiah that were very helpful, so I thought I’d share…

“Jeremiah the weeping prophet”

‘…my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears, because the LORD’s flock will be taken captive.’ Jer 13v17.

What is your response when you see God’s people in a mess? Do you weep over the lost? over famine and disaster?

Not a negative attribute – Jesus was ‘a man of sorrows and aquainted with grief’ Isaiah 53v3

Jeremiah as Michaelangelo Saw Him

Michaelangelo's portrayal of Jeremiah

Not without hope or joy

“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.” Jer 23v5-6

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jer 29v13

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” Jer 31v3

All good and bad things come from God

‘Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?’ Lamentations 3v38

The greatest of our calamities are less than we deserve.

The least of our good things is more than we deserve.

‘…in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ Romans 8v28

Everything that happens to us as Christians, both good and seemingly bad, works for our eternal good and His glory!

It’s not easy to convey the power of a sermon preached through a brief blog post, but I hope this is helpful to you too.

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