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Lamentations 1:1 ” How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was a queen among the provinces has now become a slave.”

The writer of Lamentations is Jeremiah who spent most of his life warning the Jewish people about their blatant sin against God.  So as he observes the utter destruction and desolation of Jerusalem, he can hardly take it all in.  So aptly named, Lamentations is his lament…his grief at what once was…to what now lies before him.   Jeremiah was known as the “weeping prophet”…a man crying out to his countrymen to repent and turn from their sins…only to now witness the consequences of their rebellion first hand.  But this horrific scene didn’t stop Jeremiah from continuing to intercede on behalf of his people…confessing their great sinfulness and appealing to God for mercy.

Ezekiel 33:11 ” Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’ “

God does not desire nor does He delight in the eternal damnation of the wicked.  He has given all of us a free will to chose our own actions and behaviors, but in this verse God is imploring us to reconsider our choices…and sadly, the consequences that come along with them.

Hebrews 10: 11-12 ” Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.”

Jesus Christ is the Great High Priest who became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him…(Hebrews 5:9)  No longer did we have to keep offering the same sacrifices to remove our sins…for the truth is we can’t on our own abolish our sins…only the blood of Jesus can once, for all, do that.

Psalm 60:11 ” Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.”

Psalm 146:3 puts it another way, “Don’t put your trust in mortal men who cannot save.”  Anytime we put more confidence in another human being rather than God…we’re headed for trouble.  For no matter how powerful, charismatic, or appealing someone is…they’re still a mortal being…full of a fallen nature just like us.   So we need to be very careful not to get sucked into worshiping man… and not God.  For no man can offer us deliverance from sin and eternal salvation.  Only God can do that through His Son Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:4 ” Because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…”

What does being a “good person” mean to you?  Maybe your list contains all the things you do.  You donate, you volunteer, you help your neighbor.  Or maybe your “good person” list contains all the things you don’t do.  You don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs.  You don’t swear, or watch X rated movies.  All of us have mental lists that make up what being a “good person” constitutes.  But just being a “good person” will not get us to heaven…for our eternal life is not hinged on anything we will ever do or not do.  That’s because it’s only by the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice for us that we can have the hope of eternity with Him.  The very foundation of Christian faith is based on this one truth…Jesus Christ came to save the world from sin and He is the only way to God…for just being a “good person” will never rescue you from going to Hell.

II Timothy 4:7 ” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

At the end of all Believer’s lives we would hope to be able to echo Paul’s words here.  Yes, I’ve struggled against temptation daily, but I’ve valiantly tried to remain honest and upright before the Lord.  I’ve professed my faith to others…contending for the prize… the victor’s crown of eternal life.  And in the end, like Paul, I wish to be able to say with confidence,  that I have finished the race and completed the task- the ministry- that the Lord Jesus Christ has laid out before me. (Acts 20:24)

James 2:5 ” Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the Kingdom He promised those who love Him? “

Everyday there are common, ordinary people -just like yourself – that do extraordinary things in the name of Jesus.  These people may be poor when it comes to material things, but they are rich in the things of God.   The Lord is depending on ordinary people – like yourself – to do His work here on earth.  These are people who, in the world’s eyes, may not have much to offer, but they are rich in faith, with confidence in their salvation and eternal life…and with that kind of trust, they can move mountains.  For Luke 6:20 says, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.”   The Lord is looking for common, ordinary people to advance His Kingdom here on earth…are you in?