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.
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.
So how does one know he is saved? He believes the Gospel as revealed in Scripture, putting no confidence in the flesh and trusting only in Christ, his righteous surety who died that he might live eternally, the only true object of saving faith. He has promised to raise believers up on the last day, to never leave them alone, to go and prepare a place for that where He is, His people may be also. All confidence is placed in Christ alone. This is a biblical profession of faith. If a man testifies to this saving Gospel, he is a brother in Christ, having “passed from death unto life.”
To truly know Christ and the power of His resurrection is to walk in the light of life that is Christ Jesus. And so it is that every truly born again Christian “walks in the light as He is in the light,” having fellowship with one another and possessing the wondrous joy that comes from the knowledge that all sins are under the blood of Jesus Christ.
It has been a few days and the dust has settled. Big “Easter” crowds, many assembly halls filled to the overflow just last Sunday, were the cause of excitement and joy. The programs and gimmicks have ended for another year. The plays and props are but video memories at this point. Oh, someone may yet…
Dead religion will not save you! Do you think that mere ritualistic actions are sufficient to propitiate the wrath of God concerning you? Isaiah wrote to the children of Israel first to judge their lives by God’s righteous standard. Then, as if to rescue them from the pit of total despair, Isaiah lovingly writes about a righteousness that is wrought by God alone, a righteousness that makes our scarlet sins white as snow. The question is this: are you willing? If so, it is the Lord of Hosts who has visited with you in the working of the Holy Spirit, regenerating you unto life so that you, by His power, can rest in the perfection of another, Jesus Christ, apart from the dead rituals and sin-cursed works of sinful hands. Truly, this is the work of God, ‘to believe on the One whom He has sent!’ Only he can MAKE us willing!