“9 And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 3 And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. 4 And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5 And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.” (Luke 9)
You know the problem with most conspiracy theories? They assume a level of long-view, patriotic, sacrificial altruism which does not normally exist in humans. Man is a damselfly upon the earth, here today and tomorrow thrown into the fire. Men who want power, do not want it someday for their theoretical great, great grandchildren…they want it today! For themselves. At most we can read of kings and emperors who, when eventually coming to grips with their own mortality, want to secure kingdoms for their immediate children and talk of eternal legacies though even this is usually a selfish attempt to be remembered and revered. But shadowy individuals, perfectly content to remain anonymous throughout centuries so they can carefully, painstakingly orchestrate events to bring about an outcome favorable to people who’s ancestors haven’t even been born yet? It defies not only logic and empirical observation but biology as well.
Only the immortal can hatch eternal plots. And even they are not looking far into the future because they are outside Time. It is an immediate plot to them. We see God choose one man and over five hundred years build his family into a nation. We see Him take His nation and inject His Holy Law into them and place them in a land. We see Him wait two thousand years as they rise and fall and rise and fall again and again like toddlers learning to walk. When the time is right, we see Him send His only beloved Son to them as one of them. A baby in a backwater town of a backwater country in an armpit of an empire which only represents a third of the world. We read here in Luke of this Son, lovingly, patiently investing in twelve ordinary men; giving them the keys of the Eternal Kingdom! The Son then performs the One Act which no one else could do to save us all from sin and death. And then he jets. Those twelve men spread the good news of the Son to a small segment of the world’s population. One by one they die. The news continues to spread through those who believe it. Like a campfire jumping its ring of rocks, little delicate sparks carried by the wind they know not where to ignite the dry hearts in which they come to rest. The fire spreads, sometimes dying out in one place and raging in another, always on the move, always spreading. Until two thousand years later, despite the devil’s hooves frantic stamping, no patch of Earth exists where there cannot be found evidence of its passing.
It is a plot for global domination which even if man could devise, he would never actually implement for he stood nothing to gain in his own lifetime. But Jesus is eternal. The eternal can afford patience. He can sit in his hard earned throne at the right hand of God and gather his martyred lambs to himself in ones and twos. He can give his fire time to do its work so all will have the chance to hear and receive the Truth. He can allow the devil’s own schemes to run in apparent unchecked savagery for a few short millennia for he knows the End is coming soon and what is ten thousand years to an Eternity in Paradise? He knows he will not lose even one lamb given to Him by the Father, even if they haven’t been born yet.
So today, we may feel insignificant. We may feel helpless. The situation, the world may look hopeless. It may appear as if God has lost, is sleeping or does not care. But remember your God! Remember who He is!
“8 “Remember this and stand firm,
recall it to mind, you transgressors,
9 remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
11 calling a bird of prey from the east,
the man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have purposed, and I will do it.
12 “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart,
you who are far from righteousness:
13 I bring near my righteousness;
it is not far off,
and my salvation will not delay;
I will put salvation in Zion,
for Israel my glory.” (Is 46)
You serve this God! You carry the Fire! You have the keys to the Kingdom! You who have heard and believed and love the Good News! Go, proclaim, spread the fire and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against you!