Thursday, March 7, 2013

Words of Comfort: Illumination


How privileged we are to have the Bible. It’s a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Without its illuminating pages we would be in darkness as to our origins, our reason for existence, and our eternal destiny. C. S. Lewis was so right when he said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” 

Through the foreknowledge of God, the Scriptures lay out the pilgrimage of mankind from beginning to end. We are told to watch Jerusalem, because its birth-pains give us the timeline for the ushering in of the Kingdom of God. The Bible points to Jesus of Nazareth—the perfect Lamb of God—the Savior of the world—the One to whom every knee will bow. He is the only one who can free us from the power of the grave and grant us everlasting life. Death is merely the first installment for sinful humanity. That, in itself, should put the fear of God is us, because He means what He says about punishing all evil. Hell may be used in profanity, but its existence is a terrible reality. Yet, despite our sins, He is rich in mercy to all who call on Him. This is the greatest news this dark, hopeless and evil world could ever hope to hear, and yet the proud can’t hear it. They can’t because they won’t. Such is the way of salvation. God only gives grace to the humble.

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