Life Surrendered To Him
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM, LORD’S DAY 1
What is your only comfort in life and in death?
That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort?
Three things: first, how great my sin and misery are; second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery; third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.
Life Surrendered To Him
Saturday, January 7: 1 John 1:5-2:2
My greatest comfort and joy is that I belong to Jesus! This profession arises out of the painful soil of confession. The Heidelberg asks: “What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort?” The answer is straight forward: “Three things: first, how great my sin and misery are; second, how I am set free from all my sin and misery; third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.” The gospel truth is that we are awakened to the treasures of Jesus when the gospel intersects with sin enslaved hearts. Our biggest problem is not that we make mistakes, have a poor sense of judgment or had a terrible childhood. Our biggest problem is that we do not measure up to the glory of God in Christ. Do I love my wife as Christ loves the Church? Do I steward my money and time for Kingdom witness? Do I honor the image of God while my eyes are glued to pornography? Do I protect the dignity and value of the human spirit while I engage in gossip and slander? The answer is no. Even our best attempts fail. But cheer up and keep perspective. Confession leads to freedom, comfort and joy in Jesus. It’s goal is to graciously awaken us to all the treasures of Christ. No wonder Paul asks, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” This is why John erupts in joyful praise: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are.” Confession is the way we discover that Jesus is our greatest comfort and joy!
Pastor Calvin Hoogendoorn