2017-11-09 / Worship

The joy of faith at the end of life

(Hebrews 12:22-29)

When we come to our years of old age in our physical life, many changes take place. Some are physical and some are spiritual, but they are linked together as never before in our lives on this earth.

If we lie in wait long enough, we will become like Moses of the Old Testament when the sights were exceedingly fearful after leading the children of Israel through their wilderness wandering for forty years. Moses said, “I exceedingly fear and quake.” This is the reason God has given to us Jesus and the New Testament, so that we do not have to fear.

It says, “But ye are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an immeasurable company of angels. To the general assembly and church of the firstborn which was written in heaven, and to God the judge of all and to the spirits of just men made perfect.” (verses 22 and 23)

In these verses we see the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament for God’s created beings. Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant of the New Testament, makes the difference for all of us if we will come to know Jesus as our Saviour from our sins.

When we come to the days that begin our eventual end to this physical life on earth, God wants us to be full of joy, knowing that complete peace is ours because of our belief and acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Our minds and hearts are near their completion. We will soon go to Heaven where Jesus is waiting to present us to His Father, and our Father, because we believe in Jesus as our Saviour.

In the Old Testament, when Israel left Egypt going to the Promised Land, God’s voice shook the earth at Mount Sion, “But now he hath promised, saying yet once more, I shake not the earth only, but also Heaven.” (verse 26)

In verses 22 through 29, God shows us that we will be able to be together with all of God’s family from all over the world, not just a seed of mankind liken unto the Old Testament days. Through Jesus, God brings all of His creation of mankind together through belief and acceptance of Jesus as our Saviour. Jesus made all of this possible when He went to the Cross of Calvary and died for our sins and then resurrected from the dead to give us victory over our sins through belief and acceptance of Jesus as Saviour. “Wherefore we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear.” (verse 28)

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