Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ”
Luke 4:5-8 NRSV
We need to reflect how all the nations are in the thrall of the devil and not be surprised at how fragile our liberty is.
We need to reflect on who we serve. Where is our trust anchored?
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:12-13 NRSV
We stand and speak truth to power. God is the Lord of peace and no one who hates can claim to love God. We are privileged to carry this message and to be a light to the nations. We are to love God, to love our neighbours and to love our enemies. No get out clause.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 22:1-2 NRSV
God’s heart is always to heal, and God is uncompromising in grace, calling all. All who call on the name of the Lord are heard; all are included.
The divine purpose is harmony, within and without: shalom- peace; sabbath- rest. All else is sin. And it begins with us, in our selves, our families, our communities. Where we have opportunity let us be kind, and where we receive kindness let us multiply kindness.
We pray for peace in Ukraine and Russia. Lord have mercy on the nations and those who lead them.