The Better Plea: “Give Me Jesus and the Apostles”

The Jews who rejected the Messiah set up their new religion apart from and in rejection to the signs God gave as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. The words of Amos probably refer to this time: The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: “I will never forget anything they have done…The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it (8.7, 11-12 NIV).

Jesus’ sheep, on the other hand, were the ones who experienced mourning for the Messiah during that Passover Festival. They witnessed the darkness during Jesus’ crucifixion and mourned while the world rejoiced: In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your religious festivals into mourning and all your singing into weeping. I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day (Amos 8.9-10 NIV).

Jesus’ followers would not continue in their time of mourning however, instead, the time would be turned into rejoicing: Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy (Jn. 16.20 NIV).

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