“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. “
– Isaiah 51:6 NIV
In every generation, there are signs that the end of the world is near. Recent horrific, evil events are making me wish the end was near. In this verse from Isaiah, some pretty disturbing images are presented. As followers of Jesus, our focus is not on the first sentence, but the last. Yes, scary things will happen as the end approaches, but God’s salvation lasts forever. His righteousness never fails. Through faith in Jesus Christ, YOU are on the winning team. The devil may wreak havoc on earth, but our eternity is secure. It doesn’t matter what the devil conjures up, the final score is already on the board. When Jesus died, He defeated sin, death, and the devil. When Jesus reclaimed His life, He ensured that all who trust in Him would share in His victory. The outcome is decided. Faith in Jesus is the determining factor and in Christ, you win. Luther put it this way in his famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress” –
“And take they our life
Goods, fame, child, or wife,
Let these all be gone,
They yet have nothing won;
The kingdom ours remaineth.
Though the outcome has been decided, it’s not too late to share the Victory. Our task now, is to recruit as many souls as possible to Christ’s winning team!