‘I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.’Mark 11: 23
We stood on the Mount of Olives as our Israeli Christian guide pointed southwards to a conical hill about 15 kilometres away. ‘That,’ he said, ‘is the Herodium, built by King Herod the Great as a fortress and eventual tomb for himself.’ He suggested that Jesus was pointing in the same direction as he made the above statement. Herod’s mountain represented all the godless, ruthless political power being represented by his dynasty. It is the same today. Jesus knew that the powerful message of the cross would outlast all such self-seeking political systems, in which God is excluded, and might counts for more than right. Now God was bringing in the ‘kingdom that shall never be destroyed,’ foreseen by Daniel. (Daniel 2: 44) Jesus’ kingdom will outlast all such powers, ancient or modern, political or medical, local or apparently universal. As we seek to live for him in ‘a crooked and depraved generation’ (Philippians 2: 15) we should not be discouraged. ‘Have faith in God,’ says Jesus. Just before saying this, he had cleansed the temple, and the fig tree – symbolising Israel – had withered at his command. Corrupt religious structures, no less than political ones, will crumble before his kingdom. Nor should we neglect the corruption of our own hearts. If we seek removal of corrupt forces in our society or hospital out of vindictiveness or personal hatred, we shall not be heard, but must seek forgiveness. (Mark 11: 25) Gentle instruction was Paul’s way. (2 Timothy 2: 24–26) This can be hard – but have faith in God! Prayer: Lord, increase my faith. Amen.
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