Totally Gone

10 May

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A friend of mine doesn’t know Jesus. She has LOTS of questions, and desperately wants to believe. This past week she and I have been trying to figure out what is keeping her from being able to surrender to him.

She wants the world to be fair. Honestly, so do I.

She doesn’t want people to get away with murder (or anything else), to be hateful, or to do anything to hurt someone else. I tell her and remind her that she wants this because God put it in her, that he wants it, too. And that, eventually, we will all get what we want when the Day of the Lord comes or when we get to heaven, whichever comes first.

The Lord Almighty has a day in store
    for all the proud and lofty,
for all that is exalted
    (and they will be humbled),
for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty,
    and all the oaks of Bashan,
for all the towering mountains
    and all the high hills,
for every lofty tower
    and every fortified wall,
for every trading ship
    and every stately vessel.
The arrogance of man will be brought low
    and human pride humbled;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,
    and the idols will totally disappear. Isaiah 2:12-18

There will be a day when all the idols totally disappear! Translation: everything will be made right!

Every wrong thing can be traced back to idolatry. Test it: murder (idol of self or power); theft (idol of possessions or greed); gossip (another self/power); meanness (idol of pride/self), and so on.

But there will be a day when all this is gone! No idols, only God to worship.

[On that Day] many peoples will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
    so that we may walk in his paths.” Isaiah 2:3

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READY FOR SUNDAY

The second chapter of Isaiah is about the end of time, but it’s also about when Jesus came to usher in the Kingdom of God. In other words, this passage is also describing reality for today. Jesus paid the penalty for all sin – for idolatry. The idols in our lives have been dealt with. We need only to turn away from them and toward Jesus. The Kingdom is here and not yet, where idols are nowhere to be found. The ultimate fulfillment is heaven, yet those who have Christ in their hearts get a taste of this here on earth. No idols – only God to worship!

I. Can’t. Wait.

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