This past Sunday, I preached the last sermon in our 15 week series in Judges. And some of you are probably ready to move on! While Judges is entertaining, to say the least, it’s also dark and disturbing – especially as you get to the end of the downward spiral over the last few chapters. We’ve seen what nations, churches, and even we are capable of when there is no king in Israel and everyone does what is right in their own eyes (see Judges 21:25). Seeing the effects of sin up close is not easy or enjoyable.
But, the sin and darkness of Judges is not meant to weigh us down in endless contemplation of our own hearts, it’s meant to cause us to long for a better Judge, a better Deliverer, a better Savior, a better King! We have just that Savior/King in Jesus Christ. And that’s good news!
This summer we will working our way through 1st Peter. And while 1st Peter is written to Christians undergoing great difficulties, I think you’ll find it a little more “uplifting” than Judges.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
(1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV)
Grace and Peace,