For it is by grace you have been saved...

Monday, February 8, 2021

How We Respond to Christ

 Not everyone recognizes Jesus for who He is.  Some deny Him.  Some want to speak of their own made up ideas of who He is.  It's a mixed bag.  And quite frankly, we can't control how others see Jesus. 

We can look to our own hearts and be sure that we are responding in faith, that we are watching our own hearts and actions instead of judging others, and that we are passionately worshiping and serving Christ in all we do. 

At the beginning of Matthew 26 we see several approaches to Jesus and His coming death, from God's eternal plan, to His enemies' plotting and betrayal, to a beautiful portrait of worship.  Again, my prayer is that we use this to examine our own hearts before our King.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Judgment is Coming!

 I know the world we live in hates biblical facts.  I know we all want to buy into the "believe-whatever-you-want" mentality.  Regardless, we can't escape the fact that Jesus is very clear about the judgment coming when He returns to consummate His Kingdom.  

One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.  Some will do so with joy.  Some will do so with shame and dread.  But all will confess.  

As I've said before, and I say in this message, I don't talk about hell and judgment to scare people, to try and manufacture some emotional response.  I share that truth because it IS truth, and people desperately need to hear this truth.  Jesus is our only hope of salvation.

As we wrap up chapter 25 of Matthew's gospel, this truth is on bright display in the separating of the sheep and goats.  A more important message cannot be found.