Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Comfort for You

This meal is God’s weekly assurance and promise to you that He is your God. We say week after week that this is the new covenant in the blood of Christ for the remission of sins, but we need to be reminded frequently that this means God is your God. God is for you. He is your Advocate and Defender. God rejoices over you with singing. And He does not rejoice over you because He does not notice the remaining sin in your life. He doesn’t rejoice over you because He has lowered the bar. No, He rejoices over you because you are in Jesus who is His beloved Son and because the Spirit has been poured out in our hearts to conform us to the image of that beloved Son. In other words, God rejoices over His people because He knows what’s coming. He knows the glory that He has prepared for us and in us. And so He invites us here week after week and insists again that He is your God and that He is for you. And He declares this so that you will not grow weary in doing good. He declares this so that you will be comforted in trials and place your hope in Him. So hope your God; believe that He rejoices over you. Be comforted and rest in Him. Jesus says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

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