Je­sus is our only hope

Times-Record - - COMMUNITY - By DEN­ZIL CHEEK Pas­toral Pon­der­ings

Why did God sent the flood, and why is it im­por­tant to know about the days’ of Noah? It shows us the grace of God in the past and for the fu­ture.

God cre­ated man and as time went on, man’s wicked­ness be­came great on the earth. There was a rapid spir­i­tual de­cline after the first sin. Man’s ev­ery imag­i­natino of his thoughts were only evil, and the earth was filled with vi­o­lence. They had no time for God un­til it was too late.

It re­pented the Lord that he had made man, and he said he would de­stroy man from the face of the earth.

But, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and it was that grace that saved him and his fam­ily. After the ark was loaded, the Bi­ble says God shut the door and no one else could en­ter. Every­one out­side the ark was lost.

There was an end to God’s pa­tience. In Matthew 24:37-39, Je­sus says, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the com­ing of the Son of Man be. For as in the day be­fore the flood, they were eat­ing and drink­ing, mar­ry­ing and giv­ing in mar­riage, un­til the day that Noah en­tered into the ark, and knew not un­til the flood came and took them all away, so shall also the com­ing of the Son of Man be.”

In light of the im­moral­ity, evil and vi­o­lence of our day, how can we not be­lieve the words of Je­sus are true, and that he will re­turn?

Grace saved Noah, and grace is our only hope to go with Je­sus Christ when he comes again, for God will shut the door. We must con­fess our sins and stop our sin­ful liv­ing, and look to Je­sus, who is our only hope.

There will come a time again when there will be an end to God’s pa­tience.

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