Jesus’ Answer to Perilous Times
I’m grateful to Dr. Michael Brown and the messages he brought us Sunday morning and Sunday night. He gave us, like the son’s of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32), tremendous insight into our times so we can respond from wisdom.
There’s no question, as Dr. Brown explained, that we live in some radically difficult times and as believers in Christ we need to not only know what’s going on, but also learn from Jesus and His answer to living in these times.
Here’s the good news. Jesus said in Matthew 24:13–14, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Friends, In the midst of all hell breaking out—BUT he who endures to the end shall be saved! He who endures to the end, which implies you can endure to the end.
When we’re living in perilous times like today, we look at them, identify them, and then we can look with a heavenly mindset and ask God, “Give us the grace to endure to the end, to stand, to be faithful to the very end, to run our race and to finish our course.”
We need to stand firm in two observations from Jesus’ words: It is possible to faithfully endure to the end, even in the midst of perilous times, and it is possible to proclaim the gospel even in the midst of perilous times.
A third observation is that we can live a faithful, overcoming life during perilous times. Revelation 12:11 tells us, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
This is how we overcome:
- By the blood of Jesus—what He has done for us and in us! In His blood we are washed, sanctified, justified, forgiven, saved, empowered, and gifted.
- By the word of our testimony—what we believe about what Jesus has done for us and in us! Just read Isaiah 54:17, Philippians 4:13, Hebrews 13:5 and Romans 8:37. I believe that I am more than a conqueror in Christ. I believe that because of His unending, abiding presence and also because Jesus said He will never leave me or forsake me that if I have to attack the gates of hell themselves, woe unto those gates—not because of me but because of Who is with me.
- By not loving my life to the death—being willing to lose my life, I find it. By believing that my life is not my own. By believing that the life I live, I live by faith in Jesus. By believing that this life and this world are sinful, passing and temporary. By looking for and living for the Eternal City Who’s builder and maker is God. By believing that physical death leads to eternal life in heaven.
In these tough and perilous times, let’s look for a city whose builder and maker is God—which has foundations that are eternal, unshakable, and unable to decay. Let’s choose to be wise in our outlook and be people who are heavenly minded.
Let’s overcome by the blood of the Lamb, by the word of our testimony, and let’s not let our love our lives even to the point of death. The Berger paraphrase is “pull your big panties up and go change the world for Jesus.”