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The Best is Yet to Be

The Best Is Yet to Be

            The Christian has a special interest in the future.  Always the worshippers of the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament have felt that the best is yet to be.  In Israel, they looked for a prophet more noble than Moses, David’s greater son, the Messiah to bring a new age. In the New Testament we look for a complete fulfillment of that promise. 

            The scriptures give us a book devoted to future resurrection.  The book of Revelation.  Many have turned to its pages to find the what and the when of the future.  The book itself explicitly tells us that its primary concern is to reveal the Who that is in our future.  And that Who is none other than Jesus the Christ.

            That is shocking I am sure to many - in the educational, social, political, and even the religious world.  Yet, there it is.  Jesus is Lord of every human option.  He stands at the end of every moral road.  He stands astride your path and mine.  Every future must reckon with Him.

            He is the Jesus of the empty tomb and the Mount of Ascension.  He is the Jesus whom every eye shall see.  He is the Christ who is revealed in John’s apocalypse.  He is the Lord of History.

            He alone is worthy to break any one of the seven seals that lock from view your future.  He will open and close every page that is yet to be in the autobiography of your life.  He is the Holy Judge.  It will not be your peers, the past, or any hosts yet to come that will sit in judgment upon the worth of your life.  He is the righteous Judge.  He will judge in truth.  When He speaks and says

            “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still;

            And he which is filthy, let him be filthy still;

            And he that is righteous, let him be righteous still;

            And he that is holy, let him be holy still,”

The final word and the everlasting separation have been executed.  He is the Holy One and the Terrible One.  From His righteous face every unworthy one will flee no matter what his power or position. He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the rampant lion, ready to strip away every pretense and every falsehood.

            Yet He is also the Lamb of God who gave His life for our redemption and His blood to cover every sin.

            He hates sin, injustice, oppression, every form of evil and will banish such forever and all who choose to identify themselves with that. Yet He is the inviting Savior who to the last page of Holy Scripture and to your last day of Grace says

            “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come

            And let him that hears say, Come

            And let him that is thirsty, Come

            And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

It is He of whom it will ultimately be universally said

            He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end

            The Alpha and the Omega.   Amen.”

He it is Who is Truth, and He is Who is Life Eternal.  It is He that I am most concerned that you should meet and learn.  It is He whom we most want you to know.  It is He whom your world in ignorance seeks.  It is He whom we trust you will take.

           

            It is He to whom we entrust you today.

            And it is His word of approval that we cherish most for both you and us.

            He is Lord.  He is Lord of all.

Few people in the world today know as much about Him and His ways as we do.  Our opportunities are as large as His promises.  Our responsibilities as awesome as his holiness.  Today we stand before Him mediately.  One day we will face Him immediately.  In that day, may we be found worthy!

 

Dennis Kinlaw Charge to Seniors 1972 - Asbury College