Monday, May 01, 2006

What a difference Jesus Christ makes

The greatest, most amazing gift in the world is the loving promise of the omnipotent, omnipresent God to work for your good:
Psa. 139
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?

8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.

9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,

10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”

12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
Conversely, the most horrific and terrible situation in the world is one where the omnipotent, omnipresent God swears to do all He can to punish you for your sin:
Amos 9
1 I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and He said,
“Smite the capitals so that the thresholds will shake,
And break them on the heads of them all!
Then I will slay the rest of them with the sword;
They will not have a fugitive who will flee,
Or a refugee who will escape.

2 “Though they dig into Sheol,
From there will My hand take them;
And though they ascend to heaven,
From there will I bring them down.

3 “Though they hide on the summit of Carmel,
I will search them out and take them from there;
And though they conceal themselves from My sight on the floor of the sea,
From there I will command the serpent and it will bite them.

4 “And though they go into captivity before their enemies,
From there I will command the sword that it slay them,
And I will set My eyes against them for evil and not for good.”
Oh, what a difference Jesus Christ makes! The change he brings into our lives is from the most wretched, worst imaginable plight possible, into the most wonderful guaranteed promises beyond our wildest dreams. How precious is the cross of Christ, that reconciles sinners to God, that turns children of wrath into sons and daughters of God, that makes enemies of God into heirs with Christ. What a difference Jesus Christ makes!

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