Monday, December 22, 2008

The Living God

December 22: Hebrews 7-10

26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Hebrews 10:26-31

The Living God

Several years ago a movement began which proclaimed, God is dead! Did that do away with God? Does the reality of God depend upon what people think? Is God only the figment of some people's imagination, or a crutch for them upon which to lean?

The writer of Hebrews, however, loudly proclaims, in Hebrews 10:31, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. That verse is preceded by the verse which says, For we know him who said, "Vengeance is mine: I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge his people."

In our world today, people do not proclaim that God is dead, they either simply ignore Him, or merely assert that He does not even exist! How bold and brazen people have become! However, their unbelief does not change a thing!

In their determination to run as far away from God as possible, some even refuse to use the word, Christmas! They would rather refer to this time as the holiday season, or a winter holiday. Yet, even the word, holiday, speaks of a holy day! The season has changed to one of Christmas trees, gift giving, and Santa Claus. No matter how we celebrate Christmas, however, as Christians we must remember that Jesus, the Christ, is the Son of God, and is very much alive today. He will take vengeance upon the ungodly at the proper time. At that time, everyone will know that, indeed, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Take that thought with you as you celebrate this holiday season!

God Bless You,
Linda

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