December 12, 2021
The Bond of Christianity
6 But somewhere it is testified in these words: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man, that You care for him? 7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor 8 and placed everything under his feet.” When God subjected all things to him, He left nothing outside of his control. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. 9But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting for God, for whom and through whom all things exist, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through suffering.11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
After man was created God looked down upon the earth and said “it is not good that man should be alone”. Genesis 2:18
That simple statement made by God, “that it is not good that man should be alone” rings truer today than when He looked upon Adam in the garden, because when God looked down at Adam and made that statement, Adam was in a perfect world, a world functioning as God had intended, in sync with His will.
But today we live in a fallen world, a world out of sync with God’s Holy design, a world not functioning as it was created to function, a world where man needs a helpmate more than ever.
Now I know that there are times in our lives when we fantasize about being the only people on the earth, if not for good, just long enough for a good break,
We all long for a little alone time if it’s just to rest or read a book or just watch a TV show, but how many of us would want to be alone forever, to never see another human being as we walk or drive around this country.
My bet is not many of us, and if you think you would like to be the last person left on the earth by yourself you are just kidding yourself.
If God, seeing man in the perfect world, knew that man alone was not a good thing how can we ever think that man alone in this fallen world would be a good thing?
If being alone is such a good thing why would people use it as a punishment or as torture? We put prisoners in solitary confinement as a punishment for bad behavior; we put war prisoners in solitary confinement to rattle them so that they will be more willing to talk.
Today right now there are people in our community that find themselves alone, if not in the literal sense then in the figurative sense. They have no friends, no significant other, no one to share their life with and no one seems willing to get to know them.
There are people in nursing homes, people in hospitals, people working at Wal-Mart, working at Food Lion, people everywhere that on this third week of advent won’t have anyone to share the Christmas season with.
And God still says “it is not good for man to be alone” nothing has changed in that department.
Do we, as Christians, not realize the scope of these words spoken by God?
Do we as Christians not see our place in the statement “it is not good for man to be alone?”
People who find themselves alone are often surrounded by people, but they are surrounded by people that don’t see them as anything other than just another person that they are walking by or sitting next to in the office.
As Christians we are to see other Christians as Brothers and sisters in Christ, “So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.” Again Hebrews 2:11
And being called brothers and sisters in Christ is in reality more important than being physical brothers and sister,
because when the world ends for us either in the death of our physical body or in the second coming, then the relationship of sibling will fall away with the things of this world, but in heaven as on the earth we will always be brothers and sisters in Christ for eternity.
As Christians we are to see the lost as those who are yet to be our brothers and sisters in Christ as the lost Children of our Father in heaven not just strangers who we should be indifferent to.
We are to see them as the stray sheep of our shepherd, and as such we are to let them know that they are loved and that there is a God in Heaven who desires that they be reconciled to Him.
You see the words “it is not good for man to be alone” is far reaching, it reaches beyond the Garden of Eden it reaches across the entire globe, and it reaches across the millennia through the ages and is true from the moment of our creation to the moment of our judgment.
Our place on this earth is to continue the work that God started with the birth of Christ, to bring Salvation to the lost yes, but that salvation should be accompanied with something else, along with the freedom from the bondage of sin there should be the freedom from loneliness, because as it is written “So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:5
“So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:25-27
These last two pieces of scripture tell us as Christians
this is how we should look at one another, that we should be involved with one another, that we should care for one another like a family, because we are part of a greater whole, a family that is spread across the globe.
But in the opening scripture, the words give us the power behind this family it shows that this family is a special family, a Holy family set apart from any other family on the earth.
So that being said,
Is it not a sin to look upon the things that God declares Holy or special as less than something holy and special?
“6 But somewhere it is testified in these words: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man, that You care for him? 7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor 8 and placed everything under his feet.”
It is a sin to be indifferent to the things that God holds dear, to overlook or neglect a thing that God made so special.
Then why is it that we, who are called the sons and daughters of God, the brothers and sisters of Christ, fail to put a priority on that which God made just a little lower than the angel?
When God sent Christ to us on that 1st Christmas he was honoring His very own creation, because what God creates and calls special is special, and because we are special to Him as the opening scripture declares, we should recognize this and act accordingly.
God, in order to serve that which he made, came to earth as one of His creations, to live as one of us, to suffer as we suffer to die as we will die so that we may live as He has always lived and will always live.
Loneliness isn’t just for those without someone in their life, there are many people who have people in their lives but because of illness or trials they feel alone.
The loneliness they may feel isn’t because of a physical absence but rather a spiritual absence or spiritual fatigue.
The illness they have leaves the spirit unsure of what is to become of them; it may lead to doubts about who they are to God and their importance in His plan. In a way this type of loneliness is the worst because it attacks that part of us that often is harder to reach and to comfort.
“It is not good for man to be alone” to be under physical or mental attack because of illness or addiction or any other hardship.
When we ask one another if we can pray for you or with you, we don’t do so lightly. And if you do so be aware that it’s not a light matter.
When we gather around someone in our presence and pray as a family for that person and when we do so with God in our hearts it is not a light matter.
To let someone, know that they are loved and that we care for not only their physical wellbeing but their spiritual wellbeing, has a lasting effect on people and it has the power to help heal.
The scripture says (speaking of mankind)
“Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him”
Because of the fall we have lost the understanding that God gave us dominion over everything, we fail to see that within us buried under all the fear and doubt and loneliness we have a God given authority to change the world around us and we know this is still true today because of Jesus own words
“Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. 22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
We may not be able to move mountains or cause a fig tree to wither, our Faith may still be lacking to the point that we cannot heal the sick or make the lame walk.
But with what faith we have we can bring comfort to the lonely in heart and in spirit and we can help to let others know who they are to God and who they are to Christ.
So when we leave here today remember that the people you pass in the store or on the street are important to God remember that he does not count them as insignificant remember when you hear that someone is ill or dying or maybe just down in the dumps that to God they are just a little lower than the angels, and pray for that person, call them visit them, and care for them.