Reflections on the Road During Our Time of Grief

Chris —  September 6, 2015

The Christian life is about a journey to the heavenly city.In our sermon this morning, I used “The Road” to picture the journey God’s people are making which will one day end in the Heavenly City. (You will be able to listen to the sermon online soon). So “The Road” references the story of how God will buy back or redeem his people from the pain and death of a fallen world.

We meditated on 5 aspects of “The Road.”

  1. Know where the Road started & where the Road ends. The story we are in began in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1-3) and it will end in the Heavenly City on a New Earth.
  2. Recognize that the basic problem of the Road is personal. People – created in the image of God to love him and one another – broke their personal relationship with God. The consequence of brokenness is hell – separated from God for eternity. Revelation 21, that speaks of the heavenly city, also warns of the Lake of Fire or hell for those who do not follow Christ (Revelation 21:8).
  3. Understand that personal offenses require personal solutions. Only Christ can repair the Road. Christ did this by becoming human without ceasing to be deity – – living a perfect life – – going to the Cross to pay the penalty for sin – -and rising victoriously. In this sense, we might think of Christ as a “bridge” as much as a road. Through his atoning work, he made it possible for His people to spend eternity with Him.
  4. If you have not already, accept the invitation to follow Christ. We accept the invitation by believing in Jesus and following Him (Romans 6:23, John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9). So the Road is for those who choose to accept Christ as Lord and Savior.

[13] “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. [14] For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13-14

  1. The timetable on the road isn’t what we expect. On the Road, we encounter devastating delays when we least expect them. And the end will come much sooner than we can imagine (Revelation 22).

If you know that you need to make a decision to follow Christ – – that you haven’t been living in light of eternity at all – – then do not delay. Make a decision to follow Christ at once.

If you have questions, then talk to a mature Christian at once.

We are available to you at The Red Brick Church.

See also:

What Do Christians Mean When They Reference the Gospel or Good News

A Football Illustration: Ron Brown Shares the Gospel

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