PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
(Official communication to the public)
It may be easier for some to think there is no God and no accountability at the end of life, but for me it’s much harder to face the end of life not knowing for sure what will happen. Truth is, we can know for certain!
Yes, it is possible to know with certainty whether you are going to heaven when you die. The thief on the cross who at first ridiculed Jesus, later turned to him in faith after hearing all he said and concluded: “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied, I hope you were good enough to come; I’m just not sure. No! he said with absolute certainty, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43. Jesus acknowledges there is paradise, that he is returning there and so will the thief who heard him speak and believed.
John 5:25 I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. Does that sound like uncertainty? Is it wishful thinking? Is it working your way there through good works? No, to all of them. That criminal died with the certainty he would wake up from death and open his eyes to eternal paradise that very day though he didn’t deserve it. Oh, and by the way, neither do you or I.
To hear God’s voice today is to read or hear the bible read because the bible is all the word of God and he speaks to us primarily through his written word. It is this word that God uses to teach truth about himself and our hopeless condition. Many of you who are reading this have heard his voice through the bible and continue to hear and believe. What’s amazing is what John says in John 5:28-29. Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out – those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.
When we were spiritually dead, we heard his voice and he gave us life. (Vs. 25). When the Day of Judgment comes, all who are physically dead will hear his voice and rise from the grave with bodies that are immortal. Where we will be spending eternity depends on what we’ve done with Jesus in this life. Have we trusted and walked in faith according to the grace provided? If so, the works we’ve done to advance his kingdom are viewed by God as good works – evidence of saving faith. If we didn’t walk with Jesus by faith then even those same works would not be considered as good works but evil – evidence of the lack of faith in Jesus Christ who died in our place paying for our sin. 1 John 5:11-12 “. . .this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
By the Way:
Wednesday 27, 3:00 Confirmation.
Sunday 31, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: A God With A Mother
4:00 Living Last Supper rehearsal.
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