Judgment day (Luke 2; Amos 6)

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem , whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him,” Luke 2:25

Last week in South Korea the court system handed down a verdict of 36 years imprisonment for the captain of the doomed ferry that cost almost 300 people their lives.  The headlines read, “Judgment day.”  As I read through the article I could not help but think about the radical difference between the crew of the ferry and the captain of my ship (Jesus Christ).

Consider the scene in Luke 2.  Before us is the birth of the Son of God.  At His coming the angels proclaim the glory of His coming.  The shepherds spread widely the news of His coming.  These are so familiar scenes for us.  But there is a scene that maybe is not so familiar.

We see an elder man who was a righteous man.  He was living by faith believing there was coming a Messiah.  God had revealed to him that he would see this Messiah before he died.  In Luke 2 we read of his seeing the Baby Jesus.  Here is what He said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared for all people’s.”  

In this moment we see the only one who could do anything about the judgment that is to come to this world.

Think it through:

1.  Here is the Prince of Peace who is coming to make peace between God and man, I Timothy 2:3-5.  This one will bring comfort to His people.

Oh how radically different from the crew of the doomed South Korean ferry who failed to protect their passengers.  Jesus protected us by taking our place on the cross.  Jesus also makes us into a new people who live a different way.

2.  Here is the Redeemer of His people, Vs: 38.

You and I are able to walk in a righteous way before the Lord because He has made us righteous.  When Judgment Day comes, we will stand before the Lord righteous because our Redeemer was faithful to complete His assignment on the cross.

Our response:

What should our response be to what we have read?

1.  We should spend time worshipping the one who came to be our redeemer!!!

2.  We should spend time reaching out to those who are trusting in the wrong person.  Each day many people have captains that are destroying their lives.  May we point people to the Prince of Peace.

3.  We should spend time discovering more and more of who this Redeemer really is.

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