11/1/2017 11:08:43 AM
Do You Wear a Funeral Shroud?
A young man finds escape from a bad childhood in alcohol. And what began as an extreme escape for an extreme childhood quickly becomes his cure-all. And the darkness of sin covers him like a shroud.
And this problem with the darkness you and I carry around is that it is natural. It is natural for you and me to sin and then run away from guilt. It is natural for you to deny your sinfulness, shift blame and hide from God. The darkness of sin is something that comes easy because we are covered in it: our souls and our lives are covered with it.
And then God speaks. He says to you, “On this mountain [the LORD] will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.” (Isaiah 25:7-8) Look closer at the mountain and you’ll see what the LORD is talking about. You’ll see Jesus, hanging there on a cross. You'll see your Savior, the one Isaiah was talking about, the one that Israel was hoping for, and the one we worship. That Savior, Jesus Christ, died to destroy the veil of sin’s darkness that covered us.
Climb the mountain of the LORD and you will see this light in your life. God will break through your darkness and you will ascend into the light of his perfect love.