The Umbrella


 Matthew 10:22
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

An umbrella or parasol is a canopy designed to protect against rain or sunlight. A parasol is designed to protect from the sun. An umbrella is more suited to protect from rain. Often the difference is the material; some parasols are not waterproof.

That last sentence makes all the difference in whether you’ll come out of your downpour unscathed or not.  To state the obvious, an umbrella is superior to a parasol, facing sun and rain.   What does that have to do with this verse?

Everything, because the word endureth comes from the Greek hypomeno.  The first definition is to stay under (behind), i. e. remain.  Jesus was saying that as long as you stay under my canopy, you’ll be safe.  

As I said, an umbrella is only as good as the material it’s made from.  The question has been asked, can the Church endure in this modern age?  The answer is a resounding Yes, not through ourselves, it’s because of Him. 

If you’re struggling today, let me recap His qualifications.  Stepping out on nothing, He created the worlds. Taking on everything, He later stepped into the world to save it from sin. Christ has fought everything from sin to satan and overcame.

Every century has asked His followers if their God could carry them through, and we continue to stand.  We are covered by a God greater than dynasty and dictator. Philosophy doesn’t shake Him, and problems don’t trouble Him.  

So when that doubting voice whispers in your mind today, “Will you make it?”  You can answer without fear, knowing the material your canopy is made from.  Before Kevlar, there was Christ!  No matter what you will face, or have fought, Jesus is still strong enough to carry you through.  

Whether you’re facing a scorching drought, or traveling through the storm, He will bring you safely, and securely home!  Jesus knew what they would face, that’s why He warned us.  It’s also why, in the warning, He gave us hope. The Lord said, “I have seen the end, and you can make it, as long as you hold my hand.” His umbrella is big enough to cover us, and powerful enough to keep us!  

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