The “Town Sinner” had no one in polite society to befriend her. She made her living being used by others as means to an end. Yet in Christ, she found a friend that sticks closer then a Brother. In Christ she found a treasure worth far more than the costly ointment she carried in the alabaster box! A great sinner met the Great Savior-and her life would never be the same.
Beloved, the Spirit of God calls us to sobriety, discernment, and careful examination. And He moves in the faithful preaching of the Gospel of Christ Jesus, saving sinners, comforting the people of God, and always and everywhere pointing our attention and affections back to Christ.
Christian do not mourn as those who have no hope. We know that a day is coming when our eyes shall behold the majesty and grandeur of our God. We shall behold our precious Savior, Christ the Lord. O beloved, we shall see our sainted loved ones again. Believe it. Rest in this truth, a truth more real than the very ground on which we stand, a truth more real than reality itself.
I know, that there is coming a grand reunion day. There is coming a day when I shall behold my blessed Savior, Christ Jesus the Lord. I shall be reunited with family members who have gone on before me. What a glad and happy time awaits the children of promise!
Job reminds us that God never leaves his people. The hardest trials and the most desperate seasons of life are not proof that God has abandoned us. On the contrary! It is in these trying times that our trust in God’s keeping grace deepens and matures as He proves Himself faithful to keep His children even through the fiery trials of life. Job had everything taken from him by God. Then, Job had everything restored to Him by God. Should God exalt a man, let that man praise the Lord. Should God bring a man down to his knees, let that man praise the Lord.
Do I believe that the Holy Spirit does a progressive work of making us holier more and more each day? No. We are complete in Christ. Do we believe the Holy Spirit testifies of Christ in the preaching of the Word to encourage God’s people to love the brethren and do acceptable works AS those who are sanctified? Absolutely.
Storms will come, mighty waves will roll, the harsh winds of circumstance shaking us, at times, to the very core. Yet we, poor and needy sinners all, have a sure and steadfast hope in Christ, the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. Job looked forward to this Redeemer, his last remaining hope. Even in the midst of hell on earth, knowing the Redeemer is enough. Knowing Christ has gone your way is a joy worth much more than rubies! Knowing the Redeemer in the full pardon of your sins is always enough!