Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6
How is Christianity special?
Look at the prophecies. Mohammed died. Buddha died, as did Confucius, and Jesus. But Jesus is unique. Jesus also rose from the dead. We shouldn't be surprised. Against all logic, against all odds, Jesus died, and three days later He rose from the dead.
Centuries before any of this happened God's prophets foretold that things would come to pass.
They said that Jesus would be rejected by His people, that He would be crucified between criminals, and others would divide up His clothing. All this happened just as had been foretold. It happened so we might be sure Jesus is God's Son, our Savior.
And if you, or someone you know, wants to know why this is so important, I'll tell you.
It is important because you don't know what tomorrow is going to bring. I don't either. But the Lord is the Maker and Master of time. We don't know what tomorrow holds, but believers know that God holds their tomorrows.
Looking into your future, I have little doubt that your life will see a measure of gladness and good times, moments of fear and frustration, sadness and sorrow, danger and, yes, even death. When those days come -- and you don't have to be a prophet to know they're coming -- then hear the Lord say, "Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?" (Isaiah 44:8a).
God knew your troubles and He knew how and when these hurts, these worries will come upon you. He knew, but more than knowing, He cares. Many people refuse to believe that. Looking at the disasters this world produces they get angry with God and believe that He is cruel.
It is not so. It cannot be so.
The Lord who sent His Son into this world to live, suffer, die and rise so that you might be saved, cannot be cruel. God cares. He cares about your eternal destiny and He cares about your immediate tomorrows. He cares and He will help, unless you draw away.
Last week I read about a fireman in England who went up a ladder: three stories up he went to rescue a lady who was trapped in a fire. He broke her bedroom window and through the thick smoke saw her cowering in the corner. He begged, he pleaded, he extended his hand to her. She would not go. She panicked and withdrew to a place where he could not reach her. The floor gave way, and the lady died. In an interview, through his tears, all the fireman could say was, "She wouldn't let me save her."
The Lord Jesus wants to save you. He comes to you, trapped in your unknowns and by your uncertainties. Born according to prophecy, murdered and risen according to God's promise, a living Lord Jesus comes to you and extends His nail-pierced hands to rescue you from tomorrow's terrors and eternal death. And that is something I know will happen.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks for the Savior and rejoice that my tomorrows are in Your loving care. May I be at peace no matter what the future holds. In Jesus' Name I rejoice. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries
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