There used to be a group called the Manhattans. They were an early 70's group that had one of the smoothest tenor lead singers of all time. His name was Gerald Alston. The group's hit song was entitled 'Let's Just Kiss and Say Good-bye.' It was a song about a break up between a couple that had been together for a long time. Many of you old-heads may say, 'What do you know about that song??' Well my mom and dad used to play it a lot on the record player, we had it on 45" record!! Some of y'all know what I'm talking about. When I thought of the lyrics regarding this song, it made me wonder about a kiss. ‘I had to meet you here today, there’s just so many things to say. Please don't stop me til I'm through, this is something I hate to do. We’ve been meeting here so long.....etc....please darling don't you cry, let’s just kiss and say good-bye!’
Powerful lyrics but why a kiss?!?
A kiss is a term of endearment. A kiss is something that is the seal of approval. I’m sure most humans feel that getting the first kiss from a young lady or young man was the start of something. A kiss is usually how you greet your spouse. A kiss is how you say good night to your children. A kiss is what you share when you want to let a person know that you love them! So why in Luke 22:47 did Judas betray Jesus with a kiss?? This gives a whole new meaning to greeting with a kiss!
Jesus had 12 friends that we know as disciples. He chose his disciples Himself. The bible says that he knew one of them was the devil. So for 3 years of Jesus' life he walked, talked, and had breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a man that he knew would betray Him. Some may wonder why Jesus didn’t expose Judas for what he was. Why did Jesus allow Judas to continue on with Him?? The answer is simple. Jesus knew that prophecy had to be fulfilled. He knew he had an ultimate purpose in life. So in order to fulfill the promise, Jesus had to let someone he didn't necessarily care for as a person tag along to keep Himself focused on the purpose.
Here goes....GET ready to SHOUT! There are people in YOUR life that are there only to bother you. These people are in your life to keep you on your knees. These people are in your life because they are apart of the problem and the solution. These same people will help catapult you to your destiny! When Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, he opened our eyes to the fact that a kiss is not always what we intend for it to be.
Be careful who you let put their lips on you. When I say lips it's not always in the kissing form. Be careful of who speaks well of you. Be careful of who always has an answer. Be careful of the ones that seem to like you but it's just something about them that you just can't put your finger on.
Everyone in your life is not meant to stay in your life. Let's just kiss and say good bye. You can't carry everyone with you. There are some places that God wants you to go that only you can go. Learn to love, leave, and live your life as God intended!
Next time you're betrayed by someone you THOUGHT was a friend; just remember 'Let's Just Kiss and Say Good Bye! Jesus already knew the betrayal was on the way. So get over it, step on it, but don't live your life WONDERING WHY....
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Pastor Doris G. Deckard
- Pastor Deckard
- Dallas, Texas, United States
- Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her family. She preached her first sermon in 2004 and was ordained in 2008. Pastor Deckard has continued to preach and teach at Church of the Solid Rock. She has made her life all about service and participated in many workshops and seminars, from parenting symposiums to diversity conferences along with speaking engagements. Pastor Deckard has traveled locally and internationally, preaching and singing for the Lord. She is a Partnered Ally with the University of North Texas Equality and Diversity Programs and received many awards for her various community-outreach programs and volunteer services. One ministry very close to her heart is Sand Branch. As a Preacher of the Gospel, Pastor Deckard desires to introduce more souls to Christ as she encourages others to focus more on spirituality and their relationship with the Lord. Pastor Deckard founded D. G. Deckard Ministries in 2007, a 501c3 Christian organization. She is also the founder and Pastor of Church the Solid Rock, Dallas TX; a place of worship, acceptance and spiritual growth.
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