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Despair Turned to Hope!

 

Despair turned to hope!

Despair turned to hope!

Despair turned to Hope!

Our Lord has a different way of looking at things.

And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. Matt. 9:23-25

He doesn't see things the way we do. These people saw and knew death. They felt despair at the loss of a child. They were not as ignorant as we sometimes are given to believe. Jesus was not contradicting their assessment, as much as He was redefining the situation. She was asleep, a term often used for death, but with a whole different expectation of the outcome.

When we are hopeless and in despair, He sees opportunity and gives comfort. He turns our despair into hope!

Life restored!

He took an opportunity to give back life to a child, but in a very real sense He does the same for us. When we are in a state of despair, lacking all hope of revival and lost in our sin, He comes along and says, "I can fix that. Not dead, just asleep." When we do what He commands, he restores life and hope. He turns our despair into hope!

He is greater than any problem we face, including death! Despair can indeed be turned to joy through the blood of Jesus Christ. Eternal life replaces death and death becomes sleep for those who are in Christ!

God bless and have a great day!

Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org

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Appointed to Die. Death comes for us all!

Appointed to die

Appointed to die...

"And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him." Heb. 9:27-28

This morning I am thinking about those who have been appointed to die. Some have cancer, those who are aged and those who are unsuspecting. Each of us will face a time, whether we see it coming or not, when we will leave this mortal coil and pass to eternal life. Some to eternal reward, those who have obeyed the gospel and entrusted themselves to the blood of Jesus Christ. Others, to eternal punishment, who have rejected or neglected that gospel message.

I have family and friends who have seen and now see the imminence of that event and it really changes your view of what is important. We need to "put our house in order, for we are going to die." We are appointed to die once and then comes the judgment. Nothing will stop it, it is coming.

Death comes for us all.

Unless the Lord returns before that appointment comes for us, we will all meet it. We need in that group that the Hebrew writer mentions above, those who are ready, saved and eagerly waiting for Him!

We all are appointed to die, are you in that group? If not, what are you waiting for? The appointment is coming, better get ready!

God bless and have a great day!! Get ready for your appointment!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

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