Scripture encouragement: Matthew 10:32-33

“Son Rising”

Planes crashing
Buildings falling
Son rising

Flag raising
Rubble searching
Son rising

Blood donating
Prayer lifting
Son rising

Pain screaming
Loss engulfing
Son rising

Country mourning
Kingdom gathering
Son rising

Jesus living
Jesus dying
Jesus rising

©Poem by Robin Lybeck

“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 10:32-33

Why this scripture encourages me…

On that horrific day in September, I had no idea that a major shift in my perception of the world was about to occur. September 11th dawned as an ordinary day like so many others. Then it became a day unlike any other. At first for the obvious reasons of sorrow, grief, outrage, and fear. The only sound I heard “on high” that day were military jets crossing the sky.

But days later at a prayer vigil in a nearby park, my soul brought me face-to-face with a question—did I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior? Did I acknowledging Him before men? For the first time I realized the question wasn’t did I know ABOUT Jesus, but did I FOLLOW Him, PROCLAIM Him? This became the moment of “Son Rise” for me. I answered, “yes, I am a follower of Jesus. He is my Savior.”

I sensed I was at a crossroad in my life. I knew for certain that I wanted to proclaim Him.

9/11 convicted me that if I was silent about Jesus my Savior, I was denying Him. If I accepted only parts of the Gospel message, I was denying Him. I could not live with the thought of being silent any longer. I believe this deeper understanding was given to me from “On High” by the Holy Spirit of God.

This became a major step in my journey home—back to Jesus the Son of God and to His church. The first one I’d taken in a long, long time.

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Image: taken from an original oil painting by Tom Lybeck: From the Cross He Watched Them There

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