Hope is on the horizon…Easter is coming!  Christ has risen!  He has risen indeed!  How we need to look higher than the depths our society has fallen into.  The muck and mire of decaying culture all around us.  Money…money…money and power hungry people chasing after more of the same.  Really, how boring.  And hopeless.  And empty.  So, let me encourage you (as I say to  myself)to lift up your eyes  to the Lord, to read His Word the Bible,  to spend time in prayer, to fellowship with His people, to listen and  sing His music, to support those in need of physical and spiritual help–as the Apostle Peter said on the day of Pentecost: “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation” (Acts 2:40).  Now, Peter is clearly not saying that you can save yourself.  In verse 38, he urges his listeners to repent–to turn around–and be baptized–to confess faith in Jesus to others– for from Jesus alone comes  forgiveness and God’s Holy Spirit to believers.  He says in verse 41–“Those who accepted his message…”–those who believed, those who received, those who accepted the gift of God’s love, those who welcomed Jesus into their hearts and lives; they have escaped this corrupt generation. Peter’s showing them the way out.  Hope is on the horizon.  Not just hope in hope itself or hope for hope’s sake.  But hope in Jesus Christ.  He’s risen!  He’s alive!  He’s coming again!  And He’ll usher in the New Heavens and New Earth that only can come through Him.  As we approach Easter,  first we must go through Good Friday with His death on the cross, His time in that dark and dank  tomb of death.  Dark and dank, muck and mire…only to be transformed into light and freshness, newness and clean three days later.   Won’t heaven be wonderful!  Keep looking up…above the horizon to Jesus, The Living Son Of God, our Savior and Lord of All Who Believe!  Amen?  Next time, we’ll get into Job 11!  Ok?

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