Great Sermon! Christ put aside his kingly status to become one akin to my fleshy substance while I was yet in unrecognizable form. Then he took all my sins and bore them to Calvary so I am forever free of them, and in the Fatherâ€™s eyes I can be as sinless as he is. Yes, this is fantastic but not fantasy! Now He secures me to Himself and leads me on a journey that will take me to the realm where he is now enthroned. Not a dreamy wish as I now engage in flesh and blood battles to win the war that has already been won by the Captain who watches over me as his prized trophy. Not one ounce of merit to attain heaven on my own, I rest solely on the finished work of deliverance by the Lamb of God. What did I do to earn this favor? Believe in him whom God has sent.
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Great Sermon! A roundly illuminating discourse. Thank you.
It is a blessed assurance to know that God is above all sorts and all forms of cruelty. Rev Kranendonk asks: Would it not be the most fearful message if cruelty is greater than God, then cruelty will have the final word? Yes, it would be the most fearful and terrifying thing than even if a comet hit the earth! It would mean that the martyrs beginning from Abel, from every of the first disciples of Christ and down through the ages, as well as those now in North Korea and Africa would have died for nothing. It would mean that my hope is built on nothing, and that the blood of Jesus counts for nothing. Thankfully that is not so, and my hope is built on Jesusâ€™ blood and righteousness and on God who is unquestionably sovereign no matter what. The name of every one who died for Christ is kept in heavenâ€™s vault.
In the context of on-going persecutions and massacres, God is not blind. He watched as Stephen was stoned to death and he stood on his feet to welcome him. Will he do less for his new martyrs?
This message brings me nearer to the Cross and the Risen Saviour who wept for me before He saved me, and to the unfathomable workings and designs of the Great God and into His Everlasting Arms. Such is my privilege.
Great Sermon! Can any word from my mouth or pen describe God adequately? Are there words of thanks that can convey my depth of feeling? No and no! To a superlative God all my words are superfluous. My tears and my once-broken heart, they speak better.
Great Sermon! God has given me everything to become a King, Prophet and Priest. Jesus so declared it when he said triumphantly "It is finished!" God has packed everything so tightly for me to become a Christian. It is I who unravel the package. But for grace and more grace I would still be lost.