Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Words of Comfort: Poor Jeremiah

It’s no wonder Jeremiah was called the “weeping” prophet. I would have wept too if I had to preach his message. He was commissioned by God to tell Israel that He was going to use their enemies to “utterly destroy” them. They had so given themselves to sin that they were without any hope of redemption (see Jeremiah 25:10). God would remove “the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride.” He would eradicate the wondrous joy of marriage and all that comes with it. He would destroy “the sound of the millstone and the light of the lamp.” There would be no food and they would be left in gross darkness (verses 11 and 12).

Poor Jeremiah had to preach a message of wrath, with no good news for his hearers. That should help in the task before us. We are to warn sinners that they have angered God, and that His wrath abides on them (see John 3:36), but we do so for a good reason. We want to diagnose the disease of sin and the consequent judgment, so that we can joyfully present the cure of the gospel.

Let’s never be discouraged in our evangelism. We speak of light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not a train heading for us. We have the greatest news that this dark and dying world could ever hope to hear—that Jesus Christ has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light, through the gospel (see 2 Timothy 1:10).

Illustration by: Repin