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The desire to be in heaven is multiplied and intensified when one reads Saint John’s description of the New Jerusalem. There God will dwell with us. There will be no crying, or sadness or death.
A systematic study of the twenty-third Psalm reveals how rich and valuable its teachings are. It contains many applicable lessons for our daily life. We shall not want, because the Lord is our shepherd.
The Apostle Paul lived in the darkness of human folly. He wanted to worship a god he had imagined. Then the real God appeared to him and shaped him into an instrument to carry God’s name to the Gentiles. Now he would live in the light. Confirmands: Live in the Light of Christ!
The risen Lord proclaims His victory over sin, over death, over the grave. There is no more weeping for those who believe. The victory and the sting of death have been conquered by Jesus Christ. Today we shout: The Lord is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!
Five hundred and fifty years earlier the prophet Zechariah foretold this parable in detail. God fulfills his promise. Jesus promised to prepare a place for us in his father’s house and then come back to take us to be with him. Today’s celebrations prepare us spiritually for Jesus’ return.
The Apostle Paul shows us how he valued the Lord Jesus’ presence in his life. He lost every earthly possession in order to dedicate himself exclusively to the Gospel. He is an apt example for us-on how we ought to think of earthly things.
We all fall short of God’s demands. We must rely on Christ for our own salvation. However, we are given the privilege to help our unbelieving neighbors to come to faith. We do that by praying for them and gently sharing our faith with them.
Jesus invites three of his disciples (Peter, James and John) so they can experience a glimpse of heaven. They recognize Moses and Elijah who were talking to Jesus about his exit from earth. Peter exclaimed: “It is good that we are here!”
Joseph had a hard time convincing his brothers that he had no ill will toward them. They had been jealous of him and sold him to a caravan of traders. He became a mighty man in command of Egypt. But he showed his brothers that he forgave them and saw that God had turned an evil thing into a good thing.
At the example of Psalm 1, of David, Jeremiah draws a distinct contrast between people who think they have to save themselves, and those who just trust God, and are saved by grace. Given the choice? Trust in God.