Monday, February 24, 2014

Immense Grace

What immense grace we have received. We are God’s people. We are the redeemed of the Lord. Though our sins were scarlet, they are now white as snow.  Where sin abounded, grace bounded higher and higher still. What a gracious God we serve.
         The Table of the Lord is a dividing line. It separates the wheat from the chaff. Both come here to eat. We have a hard time discerning the difference. But the wheat is nourished to life from the root who is Christ and the chaff is dried up and blown away. But the Table of blessing is open for blessing to all that call upon the Lord in Spirit and in Truth. So, be truthful.
         The Lord says to come and eat. Let all those who are weary and heavy laden come unto Jesus. In Him there is abundance of grace. But God also reveals the thoughts and intentions of the heart. “Uh-oh,” you might say, “If God reveals the truth, then I will stay in the shadows. I will not come to that dangerous Table.”
         But the Lord, and we elders, do not give you that option. You cannot opt out and save yourself. If you opt out because you want to retain sin, you are damned. If you come to the Lord without discerning His body, you grow sick and die. Then what shall you do?
         Come to Him, humbly, seeking His favor, in the beauty of holiness, through the power of the cross for forgiven sinners, to the only safe place, the arms of the Almighty God of the universe, your Father. Come honestly, gladly revealing that you need Jesus, the Savior of sinners, the friend that sticks closer than a brother, the risen Lord who lives to make intercession for your soul. Come to Him, giving thanks, and be saved from this perverse generation. Amen.

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