Happy Birthday Mr. Aurelius (9/9/219-10/275 CE
Roman emperor Aurelian was assassinated at 61 years of age. He ruled Rome during the Crisis years, occupying the throne from 270-275. He is credited for essentially saving Rome from its numerous hungry adversaries that threatened the empire on all sides and is the namesake of Orleans in France, and eventually New Orleans in Louisiana USA.
Alaric Watson, in his book Aurelius in the Third Century writes,
“As an administrator, he had been strict and had handed out severe punishments to corrupt officials or soldiers. A secretary of his (called Eros by Zosimus) had told a lie on a minor issue. In fear of what the emperor might do, he forged a document listing the names of high officials marked by the emperor for execution and showed it to collaborators. The notarius Mucapor and other high-ranking officers of the Praetorian Guard, fearing punishment from the emperor, murdered him.”
[Aurelian and the Third Century, 2004, New York: Psychology Press. p. 113-116.]
Maybe we should just get rid of God too. He is apparently going to punish all liars and sinners of all shades and has made a list which He may be checking twice.
“And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds.” Revelation 20:11-15
Political figures are run out of office by folks that fear their liberties are being erased despite great benefits restored under their leadership. A few cabinet administrators and some members of the royal guard got rid of Aurelius for fear of loss in their own lives.
“Yeah, Aurelias did some good things but he’s so…errgh(whatever)! If we can just manage to get rid of him, we can have things the way we want.”
From the beginning we have thought that way about God too. If we can get rid of Him, then maybe we can also get out from under the threat of punishment based upon His strict accounting.
Hmm, has this crossed my mind before?
The privileged saint by faith in Lord Jesus, thinks differently and has this to go by…
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.” Hebrews 4:14-16
Don’t dismiss Him, embrace your loving God!
Grace today y’all