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He Wept Over the City

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Roger Salter

Jesus wept for Jerusalem, the city of his persecutors and the place of intense anguish.  The city he looked upon was facing a fearful fate due to its loss of opportunity in not recognizing Jesus for who he was and thereby forfeiting the peace he came to give.  It was the most desperate of human situations – to miss the time of divine visitation.  Jesus laments over Jerusalem:  “You did not recognize the time of God’s coming.”


Peter's Dramatic Rescue - Sunday, July 1, 2018

Not only is he a competent representative of Jesus to us, Peter is also representative of each one of us in the vulnerability of our sinfulness and frail humanity. We are creatures of fluctuation - from faith and fortitude to fear and folly. Deep down Peter the disciple is typical of every disciple of the Lord Jesus and that is why we find him to be such an agreeable spiritual companion. Human impulse and divine influence vied within him until he was shaped into the pastor and preacher God intended him to be. Our gravest faults, in God’s mercy, encounter great grace.

Waiting Quietly - Sunday, June 24, 2018

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” There is no state more honorable than waiting on the Lord - the realization that everything is in his hands and his wisdom governs the course that we take. Naked faith is the hardest exercise of the soul - the removal of signs and props concerning God’s favor is something we dread. The author of Lamentations is musing from a situation of utter devastation and the brink of despair. His outlook is hopeless; his feelings afford no comfort. But his knowledge of the Lord bolsters his confidence.

Eat at the Feast - Sunday, June 10, 2018

The gospel of Christ is an invitation to the banquet table hosted by the Lord Almighty who reigns over the kingdom of heaven. It is the greatest privilege ever extended to members of the human race. Knowing Jesus is the admission to the joyful proceedings, ensuring our place at the Lord’s table, ‘I have prepared a place for you’. But Jesus adds a note of grave caution. Along with the summons there is no room for delayed response to the favor of the Lord. The divine economy is not stinted by any lack of prosperity. Everyone who prizes the invitation, taking it to heart, and comes to Jesus will be there.

The Great Gulf - Sunday, June 3, 2018

Our emphasis is on the matter of Divine Grace: it's absence in the life of the wealthy man and it's grip upon the individual who can plead nothing in his favor, a person of misery and extreme want. The rich man in the parable wasn't concerned about his relationship with God and his ultimate destiny. Lazarus had no choice but to admit his hopelessness.

The Throne in Heaven - Sunday, May 27, 2018

For us the grand theme of Holy Scripture is the redemption of mankind - the grand enterprise of human salvation conceived and carried out by the divine team of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. From its formation in eternity to its finale in the near future the Holy Trinity is occupied in the rescue of sinners as a priority of the divine agenda. At the centre of the throne in heaven stands the embodiment of the divine mercy and saving love in the person of the Lamb, Jesus the Son of God who by the power of love and self-sacrifice removes the stubborn barrier between God and men - the Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world through obedience to the Father and sanctification of the Spirit.

The Season of Ascension - Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Ascension is of vital importance to our understanding of Jesus. It is the coronation of the Son of Man (Daniel 7:13-14). Furthermore, in the Ascension we gain certification of our personal citizenship in heaven. It is assured by the One who pleads for men in the presence of the Ancient of Days. The Prince of the cosmos is our protector and provider, our counselor and consoler throughout the whole of our temporal life. More security for our soul’s welfare could not be offered. In divine terms our salvation is complete and being worked out and perfected as resident aliens in this world. Jesus Christ is risen and regnant.

The Depravity of Human Nature - Sunday, May 13, 2018

The truths about human nature are revealed to us to magnify the Saviour, emphasizing the righteousness of God.

Human Suppression of the Truth - Sunday, May 6, 2018

History is a recording of the wrongdoing of mankind. This passage explains the woes of our race. The conquest of evil is certain. That is why we cannot be aligned with it. Judgement and mercy operate constantly and concurrently within our world until justice is secured under the reign of righteousness. The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all godlessness and wickedness. We need the discernment to recognize that, not to attribute it to a specific cause. The judgements of God are designed to bring us to him. While we don’t have to think of justice as being penal or negative, justice is making things right; justice is making things fair. God is infinitely righteous and fair, and believers are justified through Christ.

A Righteousness from God - Sunday, April 29, 2018

The wrath of God is the proof of His purity. Yet the wrath of a holy and loving God is denied by so many. We cannot solve our own problems. Our hearts are dark; they are out of kilter with God’s heart. The gospel is the most important information for mankind. Only the gospel can eliminate evil and it’s disastrous effects. Our spiritual suicide, God will not allow. Look at the cross; there we see the thumping, heaving heart of God. On the cross we discern what we deserve; that we are exceedingly guilty offenders, that we cannot take pride in self and condemn others… Death is our just reward. And the lonely, abandoned, agonized figure on the cross is, by the grace of God, our substitute. The gospel is the only antidote to the depravity and doom of sinful man.

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