Thursday, October 15, 2020
At the Coming day of the Lord
But who can endure the day of his coming? Malachi 3:2 ESV
Jesus’s first coming was without a visible splendor or show of power, but in reality there were few who could handle its testing might. Herod and all Jerusalem with him were stirred at the news of the extraordinary birth. Those who considered themselves to be waiting for the Messiah showed the falsehood of their profession by rejecting Jesus when He came. His life on earth was a winnowing fork, which tested the wheat and chaff of religious profession—and only a few could withstand the process. But what will His second advent be? What sinner can seriously consider it? “He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4 NKJV). In the humiliation of His arrest, Jesus simply said to the soldiers, “I am He,” and they fell backward (John 18:6)—what will the terror of His enemies be when He more fully reveals himself as the “I Am”? Jesus’s death shook the earth and darkened heaven—just try to imagine the dreadful splendor of that day in which, as the living Savior, He summons all people, alive and dead, before Him? Oh, that the terrors of the Lord would persuade people to leave their sins, to “kiss the Son, lest he be angry” (Psalm 2:12 ESV)! Though He is a lamb, He is also the lion of the tribe of Judah, tearing the prey in pieces; though He will not break a bruised reed, He will break His enemies with a rod of iron, dashing them in pieces like pottery. None of His enemies can stand before the tempest of His wrath, or hide themselves from the sweeping hail of His indignation; but His beloved, blood-washed people look for His appearing with joy, and without fear. To them, Jesus sits as a refiner even now, and when He has tested them, they will come forth as gold (Job 23:10). This morning, let us search ourselves and make our calling and election sure so that the coming of the Lord may cause no fearful feelings in our mind. Oh, for the grace to put aside all hypocrisy, to be found sincere and without rebuke on the day of His appearing. - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
My dear reader, this second posting today is for you who have not yet seen the light of truth.
You who have been struggling to make it on your own. You who have indeed been through much in this life. You don't have to go it alone. Your pride says that you don't need anyone's help. Yet the truth is without Christ as your Savior, without His help, you cannot save yourself.
You must at least see the way the wind is blowing.
You can see the truth that in regards to world events things are increasingly proceeding from bad to worse.
You can see that for yourself.
Life doesn't have to be as hard as it is for you. I lived a great many years trying to do things in my own strength, even as a believer in Jesus Christ. I was very stubborn in that regard. As one person once put it, Doctors make the worst patients. We who think we got it figured out, we who insist that we don't need help, are indeed the ones who need the most help.
Jesus indeed is real. No others before or after Him being on this planet compare. All others who were worshipped reside in Hell, all crying out to God for relief.
You, my friend, have the opportunity to be saved. While there is yet the breath of life in you, please don't waste the unmerited favor that God is giving you to be saved.
Let today be the turning point in your life. Let today be the day your name is written down in the book of Life. Let today be the day that you find that which you have unknowingly been seeking all your life.
There will be no Jury in Heaven. Jesus will state the guilt or innocence of people. He will and there will be no arguments. No defense. There will be nothing that can be said or done when Judgment has come.
The book of Life has the list of people who came to Christ. Will you be found in it?