Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 3 Study # 15
August 14, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<177> Thesis: "Blessing" does not spare the "blessed" from the experience(s) of Death while the Plan is unfinished. Introduction: In our study last week we looked into the fact that Joseph and Mary were both surprised at Simeon's words regarding Jesus. The only rationale for that surprise is the fact that neither Joseph nor Mary understood the intricacies of the implementation of the Plan of God as they relate to the centrality of Jesus and what that means to all men. It is this lack of understanding that keeps most human beings from being able to participate in the Life of God. For that reason, it is critical that we gird up our minds for the purpose of seeking true understanding because it is only out of true understanding that the experience of Life flows. In the text before us this morning we are going to be faced, once again, with a certain crucial reality about the Plan of God that most folks simply do not want to face. That reality is this: not even "blessed moms" are going to escape the downside of the centrality of Jesus in the Plan. This point will become obvious: having to suffer greatly does not mean that God does not love, that God does not care, or that God is a Big Meanie. What it does mean is that the present conflict(s) of this world are the inevitable realities of the centrality of Jesus in a world that seeks to supplant that centrality with one of its own. Life and Death are critical realities that stretch into forever without end. Thus, it is required of us that we give attention to the Word of God. So, let's do it...