August 15, 2022     7:43 am
257. Week of Ninth Sunday after Trinity - Thursday
Many that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake
          Many that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt.   Daniel 12:2
          Everything, yes, everything, and for all eternity, depends upon the forgiveness of sins, upon justification. Think of the great day of resurrection, of which you have heard so much particularly in the Easter season. Then shall the many, the innumerable many that sleep in the dust of the earth, awake. Some to everlasting life; those, namely, who have been justified through faith in Christ. Some to shame and to everlasting contempt; those who died with their sins unforgiven, in unbelief. God-fearing Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The ungodly rich man was cast into hell and torment. The justified shall rise with glorified bodies. (Phil. 3:21) Those whose sins were retained shall be an abhorring to all flesh. (Is. 66:24) The justified shall awake to everlasting life. The unjustified shall awake to everlasting shame and contempt and "their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched." (Is. 66:24; Mark 9:44) O Christian, always think of the awakening on the day of resurrection! At any moment you may fall asleep in death. Then the awaking! How unutterably awful it must be when one awakes to shame and everlasting contempt! How glorious beyond measure it shall be when you awake to everlasting life! Christian, every evening let forgiveness of sins cover you; every morning wrap the robe of salvation about you, the righteousness of Christ. Then, then, you shall awaken to life everlasting.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour, You offer me the forgiveness of sins: I accept it; You give me the robe of Your righteousness: I put it on. So I will go to sleep when my last hour comes; so I will awaken when Your hour comes. So I will enter eternal life. Lord, let me never fall away from true faith and the comfort it gives. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2022     7:43 am