Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's Resurrection Week!!

As shouts of Hosanna ring out across the land I wanted to shout mine out too! This week is by far the most important week in the life of Christ. Oh how He loves you and I!! 

This week maginifies one very unique thing about Jesus and that is He not only loves those who believe in Him but He loves all sinners and bids us all to come before Him to receive sweet release. John was right on when he shared that, "We love Him because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). Can it get any better than that? Hope is written all over that passage and Jesus is the one who brought it.

It was this week nearly two-thousand years ago, on a long afternoon, that a weeping widow had to watch her Son die a very cruel death; simultaneously the heavenly Father turned His face from the sin and torture that Jesus was going through. The consolation of obedience was the victory His death would bring over sins penalty of death and hell. But the Bible doesn't leave Jesus on the cross or in the grave! It declares because He suffered in innocence—because He was lifted upon that cross—that He would be seen by us also. "...but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he would experience death on behalf of everyone" (Heb. 2:9).  

But He not only experienced death for us He also experienced life ... and He gave that life to us! "When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you will appear with him in glory" (Col. 3:4 ). Oh glorious day when the saints shall gather on that heavenly sea of glass and cast our crowns before Him and His throne in worship and thanksgiving!

But what an awful day it will be for all those who refuse to see Jesus as the Christian now does. The Bible declares that those who reject Him will also see the Lord, but sadly, they will not be wearing a victors crown on that day. A. W. Pink once wrote the following:

"For though the visible appearance of Christ in that day will be very different, though He will be seen with "His eyes as a flame of fire" and wearing "many crowns" (Revelation 19:12), yet none shall be brought to repentance and faith by such a sight "Astonished" they may well be as they learn who it is they despised and rejected, overwhelmed with horror they will be as they hear His "Depart from Me ye cursed into everlasting fire," but saved by such a spectacle and sentence none will be."
                             --An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount

Dear reader, have you turned your life to the Savior? Have you seen Him in all of His glory and realized just how unworthy you are in His presence? Have you seen your sin as blackened stains on the snow white purity of His innocence? Consider and understand, He did not die, then in victory over death arise into the heavenly bliss for nothing. He did all He could—all that was needed— to save your soul for eternity. He first left the heavenly glory to come down and meet us in our humanity; then because of the gulf of separation existing between sinful humanity and a holy God, He made the way available for us to boldly come to Him in humble confession of sin to receive His Grace and forgiveness (Hebrews 2:14, 15 and 4:16).  In short, His love paid our sin debt; with His own innocent blood He died to give you what you are not worthy of.

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, [Mark 15:37, 38] that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
(Hebrews 10:19-23)

Today, His arms are spread wide as He bids we come and drink freely of the water of life. While it is still day, will you not receive the forgiveness He offers? For Jesus and the disciples night came when he was crucified and buried in the tomb. For us today the night comes when the hardness of our heart has set in through years of rejection. Do not let the dark night of a hard heart rob you of his offer while it is still day. Won't you call out to Him? Now ... while He is gently calling?

Hear the words of Jesus:

"I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world" (John 9:4-5).

"A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light" (John 12:35-36).