Pastor Jim Stultz
With the outbreak of the Covid 19 virus all across the world there have been so many events that had to be canceled. From concerts to sporting events, from haircuts to cruises, from church services to date night at the local restaurant we all have had to adjust to the new normal of cancellations. Cancellations bring disappointment, frustration, and adjustments all around. All of the planning and all of the work comes to nothing when it comes face to face with a cancellation.
You and I had another appointment. We have an appointment that is described for us in Heb. 9:27: “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”. Our appointment with death and the sure judgment of God is scheduled because we are sinners. Romans 1:18 declares: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness”. The Bible has also declared that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). This appointment with eternal death is scheduled for all of the human race.
However, this appointment does not have to be kept if we have received Heaven’s cancellation. Col. 2:13,14 tells us what Jesus did for us: “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross”. Jesus canceled our debt of sin and our appointment with death by His death on the cross as payment for our sins.
What wonderful jubilation, what glorious celebration and what an amazing cancellation you and I can enjoy. Our appointment is canceled forever and will never be rescheduled. Have you received the cancellation notice? Have you accepted Christ as your own Savior?