What do you see?
A. Dad is snowed in and is going to be late for work.
B. Snow Day! No school; kid’s are having much fun.
Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns. -Anonymous
When we look at things the way we react is according to our perspective on the situation at hand.
Situation 1 –
(Matthew 26:6-13) Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. (KJV)
In this case the disciples were not looking at what was taking place as a blessing upon the Savior, but as a lack of compassion for the poor. Through the preservation of the word of God we are still learning the same lesson from Jesus Christ.
Situation 2 –
(Matthew 26:14-16) Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. (KJV)
As Judas performs this act of betrayal against Jesus it seems as though he has committed the most henious crime that any could have thought possible. However, we have the complete word of God and we know the outcome of the situation. The only begotten Son of God took his place upon the cross to become the perfect, sinless sacrifice for mankind. There was good that came of of betrayl, and there was forgiveness available for Judas; that he did not take advantage of.
(2 Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (KJV)
What is the perspective on this portion of scripture? Peter is explaining that even though the promise of the Lord coming back has not yet taken place, it would indeed happen just as promised. Notice the phrase “all should come to repentence.”
There would be many more generations of people to be born into this world after these words were written down. There were the generations of my family that would be born and die. The wonderful thing is that the same promise that Peter revealed through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that day he penned down those words is still relevant today.
Four important words from this passage of scripture concerning the Lord:
Before we get into a hurry and wonder why God has not sent Christ back as of yet, consider this question; who is it that you know that does not believe in Christ and would be lost forever when the last day comes and God calls us home.
The Apostle Paul makes the following comment:
(Philippians 1:23-24) For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. (KJV)