Monday, June 27, 2022

Orange Moon Monday, June 27, 2022 "Wonderful"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…


     "We serve a wonderful Savior."

     I mentioned in yesterday's message the final sermon my dear friend John Canning preached as pastor of the church he served for 54 years.  John shared many sublime truths in his message, but obviously filled with deep and heartfelt emotion, he often returned to the simple, but eternally glorious thought, "We serve a wonderful Savior."

    We do, don't we?  And don't the five words seem inadequate to express what we know and feel deeply within?  "His name shall be called Wonderful" declared the prophet (Isaiah 9:6).  A perfect name indeed for the Lord Jesus Christ, the God who became man, and the man who remains God.  He is indeed a wonder, and wonderful.  In Heaven and earth, there is no one like Him wherein Divinity and humanity perfectly unite.  Eternity will not be long enough to plumb the depths of who He is, or to fully fathom all He has done, is doing, and will forever do as the beloved Son of the Father, and the beloved Savior of the saints.  

   "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,  saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing" (Revelation 5:11-12).

   Little wonder that Heavenly beings cry out, Worthy is the Lamb!"  And little wonder that a preacher upon the earth, in his last message to the people he has loved, and for whom he has laid down his life, so often returned to the refrain, "We serve a wonderful Savior!"  As one who shares John's calling, I could sense the frustration he felt even as he said the words.  They are not enough.  You want to say it so much better, with so much more eloquence, influence, conviction, and passion.  But you cannot find words that do that.  There are none.  So John said, far better than he realized, what we all needed to hear in his farewell address.  There is a Savior we so desperately need to trust.  There is a Lord we so devotedly need to follow.  There is a life, the very life of Christ Himself, we so delightedly need to know as the power whereby we love God and people.  And there is a Lamb so worthy, and One who so graced His servant's heart that five words beautifully formed the heart and theme of his parting message to the people he has loved…

     "We serve a wonderful Savior!"

"And the heavens shall praise Thy wonders, O Lord, Thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints."
(Psalm 89:5)

Weekly Memory Verse
    And the heavens shall praise Thy wonders, O Lord, Thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.
(Psalm 89:5)




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