We must never dream of terms or truce with evil. To suppose that we can let him alone, and all will be well, is a deadly error. We must fight or perish: evil will slay us if we do not slay it. Our only safety will lie in a determined, vigorous opposition to sin, whatever shape it assumes, whatever it may threaten, whatever it may promise. The Holy Ghost alone can maintain in us this enmity to sin.
Charles H. Spurgeon, sermon 2043: “The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon”
Brothers and sisters, fear weighs upon all our minds. The news continues its cycle of drumming out the advancement of this unseen, but deadly villain. There is good reason to feel the weight of this on us, because so much mystery surrounds it, both natural and man-made due to the lack of testing.
It is my goal with choosing this sermon to point our minds, hearts, and eyes to the focal point of our faith, to the cross of Jesus. The weight of glory waiting for him drove Jesus to endure all the suffering and death that he did, and we place our eternal and temporal hope in that truth. Jesus promised his disciples that in following him, they were not avoiding the sufferings of this life—they were, in fact, going to walk in their own sufferings, because of the hatred of this sinful world for its holy and just God. The scent of the Gospel to those being saved is life, but to those who are not, it is a scent of death, a warning of the wrath to come.
Rest in the Midst of Anxiety—in His blood
We’ve talked about the fear and anxiety gripping the world as we continue to pass through the ongoing crisis surrounding the coronavirus. The number of cases, and the number of deaths, continue to climb. As an American, I don’t always know how this kind of thing weighs on the minds of my brothers and sisters in other nations (though I would love to hear the testimonies of those who are engaging with this, and Jarod and I would like to talk about that on an upcoming Kings Highway Radio episode). But it seems that a lot of my American brethren are struggling with this especially because it’s clear that this threatens not just life, but the way of life. I certainly don’t disagree with that. After all, having so many businesses forced to shutter and social interactions ranging from movie theaters to that most crucial to our lives as believers, church services, being disrupted could hardly be more troubling to our hearts. And beyond that, the looming threat of global recession, job loss, and whatever may come beyond it that we cannot see.
The Lord knows all this, and more than that, he rules over it in ways and to ends we cannot know at this time. We don’t long for pain and suffering, but neither should we allow ourselves to buck against it in anger and ingratitude. Jesus knows, and though his rod of discipline may fall, his love is not less for his children. Don’t forget the reminder of the writer of Hebrews that God disciplines those whom he loves, and this time as all other hardships and evils that have befallen us, and those who came before us, will obey the words of Paul in Romans 8:28: all things work together for the good of those who love God, and are called according to his purpose.
That should encourage peace in our hearts. I don’t write this as one who sits above the fray with no fears weighing on his own heart, but as one preaching this to himself as well. The blood of Christ preached in this sermon is sufficient for all the evils of my life, and by that blood I go before the Father and ask daily for strength, for peace of heart and mind, and for encouragement when I see the black unknown of this world looming before me. I pray the same encouragement for all of you, and I especially pray for those of you who do not know God in Jesus Christ who he sent, that you would feel the weight of his call on your hearts, and turn, and rest in him.
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