And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, Lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”  [Matthew 27:46]

For many years I have studied, watched and been a part of churches being birthed.  I’ve had the privilege to be part of the developing and growing of churches, ministries, and individual lives as each revealed its own shape, size and personality.   Though doing so objectively, I learned some hard lessons where objectivity and the art of not accepting offense became my safeguards.  They resulted in my own awareness of personal growth and the healing that Christ provided on the Cross at the ninth hour.   In terms of man’s time spiritually, globally we are probably at “the ninth hour.”  Thick darkness is coming upon the land!

I was recently in the garden early one morning when everything looked clean, clear, and sharp with an added brightness. I was reminded of when I was first baptized in the Spirit and called into ministry!  In this early morning meditation, I had again been renewed, refreshed and realigned with the work Christ completed at the ninth hour.

I remembered when I first came to America and the story of Rosa Parks who one day decided she was no longer going to sit “at the back of the bus.”  What ensued for an entire nation was an overdue struggle for the return and realigning of the nation’s purpose—freedom!  It was legitimate and official freedom, not just for the black man but for Rosa Parks and other courageous black women.  Her actions like Queen Esther have brought freedom, not just for individuals, but for an entire race of people.  At that historic moment, freedom came with being a citizen of the United States of America.  Read part 2 of “All lives do matter” tomorrow.

Further Reading:  Esther 8:1-8; Galatians 3:26-29