Sermonette for Saturday

Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father; who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 13:43

Huge throngs of people filled the streets ahead of us and behind, as they came and went around the many attractions of the theme park. Free admission had brought out many thousands more people than had been expected, and all the attractions were running at capacity with long lineups. We made our way through the mob to a building that had a huge staircase that reached a high balcony overlooking the park. When we finally reached the balcony, we could see the entire park, with its swarming masses of people. As I looked down on all those thousands, I wondered how many of them were Christians. Just by looking, there was no way to tell. I wished that there was some way to have the Christians emit a glow that would identify them. Someday, according to our text, I am going to get my wish.

We know about the terrible fate of the Christ rejectors, those who reject or neglect so great salvation. Part of their torment will be the blackness of darkness for eternity. But for the redeemed, there will be no darkness. The glory of Heaven will render the sun useless. But the saints in that glory will shine forever. Daniel writes of those that are wise shining as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever (Daniel 12:2). This indicates that soulwinners will probably shine the brightest in our eternal home. How wonderful to know that we who deserve the darkness as much as the rejectors and despisers will become part of the light of glory!

There is more than one way to be bright, of course. When we speak of bright people, we usually refer to those who are intelligent and wise. The world in its opposition to God and His Saviour shows a great lack of intelligence and wisdom. Especially do we see the foolishness behind those who would deny the existence of God. Scripture identifies those people as fools (Psalm 14:1); certainly not very bright. In the world, some of these people are seen as highly intelligent and are given great honour. In contrast, the world likes to portray Christians as old-fashioned, superstitious, and ignorant. Sadly, those people will learn too late that they are wrong. Meanwhile, as Christians, we need to acknowledge that other Christians are those who are bright, even as we acknowledge the ignorance of those who reject God and His Word.

The most ignorant and backward Christians that we know are far brighter than the most brilliant of the ungodly. And eternity will make the Christians all the brighter. -Jim MacIntosh

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