Brothers, Sisters, Family,
If there was one thing I could tell you, one thing I could affirm, what would it be? You may not even know me. Perhaps this is the only time we’ll have any communication and there is limited space. If this was the only thing you ever read from me, what would I say, what should I say? Considering all of time, all of history, the experiences of my life, if there was one important fact that should stand above the rest, one truth, one story that would and should be told? The apostle Paul some two thousand years ago gave his answer.
“When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Cor 15:3-4
A man with a powerful testimony, Paul came from a privileged position in Jewish society. A Hebrew of Hebrews as he once said. He was highly educated, amongst the highest class of men in society, a religious Pharisee. He would enjoy the respect of men and women, prime position in worship, authority over the people, a head amongst the people in religious practices, trained at the highest level. He was born with a silver spoon it seems. He traded this for a life exhausted for a singular, controversial message. He traded status and position for beatings, torture, imprisonment and eventually martyrdom.
Why? Because there is a living God that we all have to face. He is holy and our sin condemns us before Him. There is no way out, nothing in ourselves we can do. We can beg, we
can plead, we can try to clean ourselves up. Nothing will do. When the prophet Amos says “Prepare to meet thy God” in Amos 4:12, this is not a positive message. It is a warning. You will
face Him. Will you face Him straight up, in yourself, with no excuses, no mediator. The writer of Hebrews says, “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the
eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).
I don’t want to be in that position. What hope have I? “That Christ died for my sins according to the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
I will not be alone on that day when I give an account “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6
Will you be alone? I pray, in this season, you have concerned yourself to not be alone on that day and have thrown yourself at the feet of the Savior. You will not come through without Him “For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every transgression and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” Hebrews 2:2-3. I submit you will not. This season get right with God. If you have already been made right by His effective working in your life, praise God and celebrate His resurrection and your own in an age to come!