A Picture Worth Living, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Zechariah 8:4-5, “This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with cane in hand because of his age. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.” This is what the LORD Almighty says: “It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me?” declares the LORD Almighty.”

When reading this verse what comes to mind? Perhaps for many may reminisce about your own childhood. As a child, I remember a neighbor sitting out on his deck often with his wife. I also recall playing on one particular dead end street where I formed many childhood friendships. It was great because there were only two houses on the street so traffic was not an issue. The sight of the aged sitting outside and children playing paints a vivid picture of tranquility and safety. Many seniors today are placed in nursing homes, and many children are not playing in the streets but are, as we say in New York City, “running the streets.” When will this picture become a reality? In the hit movie, The Lord of the Rings, the King returned to take his throne, and peace reigned in the land. When our King Jesus returns the picture painted by Zechariah will be an authentic one. When Christ returns, the prophet tells us.

1. Wisdom is visible: The aged will sit in the streets, each with cane in hand. Proverbs 16:31 tells us, “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.” Many today are too busy to listen to the wisdom of the aged righteous. However at Christ’s return, I believe, there will be seniors sharing their wisdom to ears ready to listen. When the aged speak do you listen to their wisdom?

2. Fun is visible: Children were depicted playing in the streets. Many of the streets nowadays are not as safe to play in. Kids are “running the streets,” getting into trouble, instead of playing As children many of us laugh, play, dream, and have fun, but as adults we seem to let those things fade into the background, and fall by the wayside by the voice of “responsibility” and work, to which many follow its tune. Work and responsibilities never seem to end, but it’s time to laugh again, dream again, and yes even to play again. The old saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Keep the fun flowing in your life. When Christ returns kids will once again be able to play again and perhaps we will all be able to “be a kid again” ourselves.

3. Enjoyment is visible: With the aged sitting in the streets and children playing in the streets, life has peace, prosperity, and security. The prophet Isaiah 65:20 shares similarly in “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years…” Praise the Lord, for this time that we have to look forward to of unhindered enjoyment with our Savior, and fellow believers. However there are plenty of things in our lives to enjoy now as we wait.

A few years back during Christmas season my young nephew Antonio and I got to spend a few quality days together. We played together, laughed together, and even wrestled around in some Star Wars light saber battles. My five year old nephew “Tones” as we call him taught me a lot of things that I forget at times, and inspired this message. As we wait for our Savior, let us appropriate wisdom, fun, and enjoyment into our Christian lives, because in His presence is fullness of JOY!

Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil <><

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