The rain came down and the floods came up…

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Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? 47 I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. 48 That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.”

As a Lutheran Christian I embrace the historical creeds of the faith, including the Nicene Creed, which states the following, “(Jesus) will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.” Each one of us will stand before the Lord and be held to account for our sins. Perhaps that’s the “flood” Jesus is referring to. I don’t know for sure, but let’s assume that it is.

In the passage Jesus implies that it is one’s obedience to his teachings that will determine the outcome of our judgment. If I hear Jesus’ words and act on them, I will survive the great flood of judgment. If I don’t act on Jesus’ words, it will bring “ruin”. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like good news to me. Why? Because I am far too inconsistent in following Jesus’ teachings. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. If perfect adherence is the determining factor, I’m in a world of trouble. As I expect are you.

Fortunately, Jesus said this BEFORE his death and resurrection. We, however, live in the time AFTER his resurrection. Why is this important? Because now it is no longer what YOU AND I have done that determines our fate at judgment, but it is what JESUS has done. Jesus died on a cross to pay the price for our sins.

Rather than look in the mirror to determine my eternal fate before God, we can look upon the cross. Therein lies our hope, my sister/brother.

Jesus, thank you for the sacrifice you made for us on the cross. For, without you, we would indeed be like a house built without a foundation. Amen.

 

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