Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's day.
People are coping with the current crisis in differing ways, most of which are only making matters worse. I have long held the belief that the best way to manage the anxiety and fears that arise from earthly chaos is by meditating on the peace and blessings that will be ours in eternity. Last Sunday I referenced Psalm 11 where David reminds us that God is seated on His throne in heaven, observing everything that happens and will someday reward the righteous and judge and punish the wicked. What's more someday we will see Him face to face and spend eternity with God!
What enables us to have that certainty is we have been declared righteous by God. Theologians call it: Justification. We are not made righteous, but declared righteous because we have put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our only hope for heaven.
Stop for a moment and ask yourself this eternally important question. If you are confident that in eternity future you will stand joyfully "before the throne of God and see Him face to face" and enjoy incredible blessings, on what basis do you believe this? What is the ground for your hope? What is the cause that accounts for this? To what or to whom would you point and say: "That's why."
If your answer is: "It is because I've lived a fairly decent life on earth. I've done the very best I could. I tried to be a good father, mother, son, daughter, friend, and employee. I've been really sincere in my religious life. I attended church on a fairly regular basis. I was baptized and I partake of the Lord's Supper and I'm a member of my local church. Yeah, that's why I anticipate standing before the throne of God."
If that is your answer, I pity you. More than that, I appeal to you to look at the scriptures. The only reason anyone in any age or anywhere on earth can have any hope of standing before the throne of God is because by God's grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection, we can be declared righteous and become members of God's family. A simple question is this: Have you indeed trusted Jesus Christ and Christ alone to get you to heaven? Have you? Well, have you?
See you this Sunday on Line!
In the light of His glory and grace,