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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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Scripture
         
104
 

“. . . because His hour had not yet come.”

  John 7:30
 
 
   

Jesus' life and ministry aroused the anger and hatred of many of the religious leaders of His day. His exposure of their hypocrisy and false teaching infuriated them, and they frequently counseled together to put an end to His life. But life and death are in God's power alone. God fulfills His purposes, and preserves people's lives, sometimes by frustrating the attempts of a person to take his own life, and sometimes by frustrating the attempts of others to commit murder. The apostle John describes the scheming of Christ's enemies to kill Him, but instead, Christ's life was preserved and John twice gives as the reason “because His hour had not yet come.” Notice the words, “His hour,” meaning the divinely appointed hour for His death. The Scriptures teach that each of us has his hour assigned to him by God. We all have our hour, for “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Perhaps you have had some close calls with death, but you were preserved, delivered, or healed. This is because your hour had not yet come. But you do have your hour and it is coming, even as Jesus' hour did come  eventually and He prayed, “Father, the hour is come.” Many who presently lie on their death bed know that their hour has come. Very often a person's hour comes upon him as a surprise. As Jesus said to the presumptuous rich farmer: “You fool! This night your soul will be required of you.” What is important is not to know your hour, but to be prepared for it whenever it should come. Many have died already today who little thought when they awoke this morning that their hour was now come. Jesus is the divinely sent Savior of sinners. To be prepared for death we must receive this divinely sent Savior or God will not receive us. If we are not trusting in the righteousness of Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on the cross for sinners, as our only hope of everlasting life, we are not prepared to die. Jesus said, “If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” Death is not fearful to a repentant sinner.

 

   

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