My mother and I have been estranged since 1988. I can honestly admit I have never refused any attempt on her part to make peace and to reconcile; however, there has never been an attempt on her part to do so. My reaching out and trying to resolve the conflict have been met with refusal after refusal.
Between the years 1996 through 2000 I resided in the city of my birth, Cleveland, Ohio. I was speaking to my sister-in-law about my mother, her mother-in-law, who I noticed on Lee Road and was catching up on old times when we both saw our mother stopped at a light. My sister-in-law looked me in the eye and I said, “I’ve got to go.” I got back into my vehicle and sped toward my mother’s direction. She turned down Walden Avenue, where my paternal grandparents had had their home and we, their grandchildren spent every Sabbath. I continued increasing in speed until we reached 154th in Harvard Avenue. I noticed her glancing in her rear-view mirror trying to figure out who was behind her. She recognized me. Now, she would normally make a right and then left to her home on 153rd, but she crossed Harvard headed toward Judson. Normally, she would have taken a right, but she continued straight, went left past Elliott Junior High and turned right onto Lotus. It was on Lotus where it might have appeared I was doing some stunt driving, because I forced her car to the side of the road and blocked her from being able to go forward. Any policeman would have been proud of my driving skills.
I got out of my car and walked back to hers. Her window was opened since it was a pleasant day and I said, to her, “It is a shame I live in the same city and you refuse to see me or talk to me, my own mother. I am your son.” I reached into her car to touch her shoulder which was greeted with repulsion and looking away she said, “I don’t know who you are.” I withdrew from the area, got back into my car and drove away.
I tell you this because there is a time when it will happen on a greater yet personal scale. If you felt anything at all hearing my story can you imagine what you will feel when you hear these very same words, from Christ, on that day when you thought you would be recognized and brought to heaven with Him.
The King James has it stated, Christ then looked to the people:
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
What hurts is when you have this belief, this understanding there is a relationship of some sorts. Whether it is filial between a mother and her child, or agape between God and sinner. To have a belief both, mother and Christ gave life and then to hear the words, “I never knew you”. The One who knows ALL THINGS admitting He “never” knew you and then qualified it because of what it you have done. “Ye that work iniquity”, or better understand by the version in the meme, “you who practice lawlessness”.
Think about it. The “law” Christ was referring to was the “Law of God.” It was His Father’s Law which He came to die for those of us who failed to keep that Law. He died because of our failure and to put an end to us having to pay the penalty for failing. And when this was not good enough, some of us have decided to do away with the Law which was the cause of His death! No wonder Christ can claim to having never known us and then calling us “lawless”. Living without “the Law”. Putting away of “the Law”. Having nothing to do with “the Law”. Christ was not only speaking to the people during His time, but His words were meant for you and I during this time.
How many of you will Christ be prepared to say the same words, “I never knew you” and it was because you cared not for His Law, the Ten Commandments? How many of you violated the commandment of Christ which stated, “If you love Me, keep My Commandments”. Some are so confused and twisted they try to substitute God’s Law for Christ’s Law which WAS God’s Law to begin with and always will. Some would have you to believe there was a “law” for the Jews and a separate “law” for the Christian! I am here to tell you, God’s Law is a Law which fits all people. Yes, one size fits all. Ten Precepts is conditional and obligatory upon all God’s people, no matter your denomination, movement or faith. If you “love” Him, then you do it because love is the fulfillment of the Law. You cannot do it unless it is by the character of love placed deeply within your heart, and if you refuse to do it, if you try to explain it away, justify why you don’t have to keep it, then you have well deserved hearing those fateful words, “Depart from Me…”
May 28, 2017