Near and far, young and old, recognized as Americans or not, connected by screens, hurricanes, football, protests, and a painful history, we are all groaning inwardly.
We all are looking at the news and are so bewildered by what we see, though we’re all shocked for different reasons.
Some of us are offended by this, some of us are offended by that.
But the truth that remains for all, is that Christ is coming back. (Matthew 24)
He will come back and when he does he will bring truth and judgment for all. (Matthew 25:31-46)
You and I, dear one, we see in part. We are fallible. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
He is not.
He sees the thoughts and intentions of the heart and knows what is truly in the heart of the people crying out. He sees in the hearts of those who don’t understand. And he knows what is true. Not based on our perspectives, our feelings, our culture, but what is true according to his holy and just law. (Romans 1:18-32)
We should tremble at the very thought of that. (Hebrews 10:26-31)
A just, omnipresent, and omniscient God will look into the heart of each one of us and declare that we did not measure up. (Job 12:22)
We failed our neighbor. We hurt our friends. We said things we shouldn’t have. We did not minister to the afflicted. We did not stand for the marginalized. We cussed when we should have blessed. We lusted. We coveted. We murdered. (James 1:19-27)
We all fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
We ignore the cause of the orphan and the widow and the slave and the sick and the lame and the wronged. We sit in riches as millions around the world starve. We are complacent. We are silent. We are destitute in our lazy comfort. (Micah 6:8)
And He, God above all, will right it all. For now we see in part but then we will see fully. We will see our God and the holy law of love and the new and better covenant in action that is above the broken and unjust laws all around this globe. (Luke 1:1-18, Hebrews 8:7-12)
And many, many will rightly perish as they cannot pay up the eternally lasting punishment for breaking his holy and just law. Even earthly laws sometimes require death. How much more will an eternal law require?
We all deserve to perish. (Isaiah 6:22-24, Daniel 12:1-2, Mt 18:6-9, etc)
A glimmer of hope though is that God loves all people. He loves the Greek, the Jew, the Samaritan, the Egyptian, the Roman, the Arab and countless other peoples on the face of this planet. (Psalm 86:9)
He will establish a new earth and a new heaven and a new city to dwell where he will be our light. And in this new city he will pack it full of a multitude of beautiful, beautiful nations and peoples. Every tongue imaginable, whether active now or long past, will be present there. (Revelation 21)
This holy God as a grace gave over his son, Jesus, to suffer the punishment of wrath for those who will dwell with him in this new city. No matter race, education, background, current criminal convictions, addictions, or pain will separate Jesus from his people. His people will call on his name in faith and be saved from this expectation of doom. They know his voice and will listen to him. Nothing can separate Him from them. (John 10:24-30)
These people will no longer be given in marriage, no longer separated by tribes, no longer suffer from persecution, injustice, sickness, or pain. Instead he will wipe every tear from our eyes.
No matter our disposition today toward current events, if we call on Jesus in faith, we can hope in this future. We can bank on it.
And in faith and in hope we love those in weaker faith. We love those without hope. We love those who feel wronged in our great expectation that our own wrongs will receive justice. We go outside of the camp with him, on to the hills of Calvary, outside of a worldly-blessed city to suffer with those wrongly treated. (Hebrews 13:13)
He suffered on our behalf. He was cursed, mocked, flogged, beaten, and hung on a cross.
He is our King and He is who we hope in.
Through him we can love like him.
We can hope like him.
We can resist sin like him.
We can receive offense like him. (1 Peter 2:21)
We can protect those who are weaker like him.
We can declare what is true and what is just like him.
And we can forgive seventy times seven times like him.
He is our great high priest and high king after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 7)
No matter what the future on this earth will bring me, my children, or my grandchildren, whether war, famine, persecution, or worse, ein Him I can truly trust.
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