The Lord’s Day: A Pleasure for Pilgrims

Are you a Christian whose heart is set on pilgrim ways, i.e. you look forward to the new heavens and new earth? If so, then you will enjoy a foretaste of the new creation on the Lord’s Day with God’s people tomorrow in public worship and be blessed as you hear Christ preached and look forward to the glories of the age to come (unless you have works of necessity or mercy to attend to or are providentially hindered, e.g. sickness, weather).

But even if you don’t feel like it, don’t conclude then that  you necessarily aren’t a Christian. This is part of the struggle against sin that we all face. Should you stay home then? NO! You should still go to church out of obedience to God’s call to worship and trusting His promise that you will be blessed as you hear Christ preached from God’s Word and partake of the sacraments. Go because you need the means of grace like you need to eat every day. If you avoid food, depending on how much you avoid it,  you will either be malnourished or starve yourself to death. The same is true with regard to the means of grace and especially the public means of grace (the Word preached and the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper). Pray now that God would give you an appetite for worship and that you will be well fed by His Word and Spirit tomorrow.

Here are some pilgrim verses to meditate on as you prepare for the Lord’s Day:

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. . .For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere” (Psalm 84:5, 10).

“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. . . For [Abraham] was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. . .they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. . .By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. . .For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come” (Hebrews 10:23-25; 11:10, 16, 24-26; 13:14).

“To those who are elect exiles. . .May grace and peace be multiplied to you. . .Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,  obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:1-4).

AMEN! Come, Lord Jesus! Until then we will look to you by faith, rejoice in you on the Lord’s Day, and walk by your Spirit as pilgrims in this world for the glory of God the Father.

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