The world is out of joint or maybe I just don’t fit in.”
–Zane Grey (Wyoming)
“Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.”
–2 Corinthians 6:17 (NLT)
“The Bible sets forth two things–the Cross and the Throne.
The Old Testament points toward the Cross.
The Gospels tell the story of the Cross.
The Epistles point toward the Throne.
The Revelation tells the story of the Throne.
The Old Testament tells us what sin leads to, and ends with the words, ‘Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.’ (Malachi 4:6)
The New Testament shows us the way out of sin, and ends thus, ‘The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all.’ (Revelation 22:21)”
–D. L. Moody
That may be a little simple, but we are now living in the day after the Cross. Salvation is always by grace and the people prior to Christ were looking for a Redeemer. The Redeemer has come; this week we celebrate the remembrance of the Cross.
The night before the Cross there was the “last supper” where Christ was illustrating what would soon be happening. He made mention that He would not eat with them again in this setting until He returned. However, after the Cross was Saturday. It was a day that should be pointing to the resurrection, but oh, ye of little faith.
In one sense, the earth was smitten with a curse. Jesus said He came to bring a sword, and that those against Him would be smitten with a curse.
So, today, Thursday, take time to look at the “last supper, and the events that led to the Cross, especially the suffering of Jesus. Then Saturday, put yourself in the place of the disciples, but remember, “Sunday’s comin'”
The resurrection should also remind us that Jesus is not slack on His promise. As the New Testament points to the Throne, and we are living in the New Testament period, the next thing we should be looking for is His return.