FROM MY HEART TO YOURS
“Then God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).
Since the fall of Adam, humankind has been estranged from God. As Isaiah puts it in Chapter 53 verse 6, “All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned everyone to his own way.” That would be the end of it, and the end of us; but for the rest of the verse: “and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Now, who is the “all” that the Holy Spirit through Isaiah is speaking of here? Why, it’s all of we who are God’s sheep. Those whom the Father has chosen from the foundation of the world, and given to Jesus. We who have gone astray, evidenced by the total depravity of our common nature. The Gospel of John alone is shot through completely with evidence that this is so, no matter how it absolutely goes against our fallen natures and our finite inability to comprehend. (John 6:37; John 10:27-30; John 15:16; John 17:2; and a vast number of other verses throughout the entire Bible.)
Jesus says this in Matthew 24:37: “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Just as the flood came as judgment, quickly and unexpectedly, so will Christ come quickly to judge the living and the dead. None heeded the preaching of Noah regarding judgment, and relatively few will heed the warning from God’s Word regarding the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, the intimation of Christ’s statement concerning this, is that people will just be going their own merry ways; eating and drinking; marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Jesus comes. And, though it shouldn’t take us by surprise, given the myriad of warnings we’ve had, it will be, nonetheless, totally surprising to the vast majority who are on earth at that time. As some one, and perhaps many have said: “If history teaches anything in a definitive way, it teaches that people don’t learn from history.”
All of the above facts to the contrary notwithstanding, why should you and I be duped by the world, the flesh, and the Devil? Why should we be caught by surprise? We have ample warning from God’s Very Word concerning what is in the future. Why should we not, each of us, become a “preacher of righteousness,” as was Noah, in regard to the return of Jesus Christ? Instead of sitting idly by, though a believer we may be, and watching people go their merry ways, not honoring God, and not caring about anyone else except in superficial fleshly ways; why shouldn’t we be involved in the “Ministry of reconciliation?” (2 Corinthians 5:18).
It’s certainly something to think and pray about, isn’t it?
As ever, with love from a sinner saved by grace,