Lord’s Day Nineteen

Every Sunday, we will be going through one of the fifty-two Lord’s Days of the Heidelberg Catechism. Written in the year 1563, the Heidelberg still remains a popular confession of faith in many churches to this day. You can find the full text here.

Lord’s Day 19

Question 50: Why the next words:
“and is seated at the right hand of God”?

Answer: Because Christ ascended to heaven
to show there that he is head of his church,1
the one through whom the Father rules all things.2
1. Eph. 1:20-23; Col. 1:18
2. Matt. 28:18; John 5:22-23

Question 51: How does this glory of Christ our head
benefit us?

Answer: First, through his Holy Spirit
he pours out gifts from heaven
upon us his members.1
Second, by his power
he defends us and keeps us safe
from all enemies.2
1. Acts 2:33; Eph. 4:7-12
2. Ps. 110:1-2; John 10:27-30; Rev. 19:11-16

Question 52: How does Christ’s return
“to judge the living and the dead”
comfort you?

Answer: In all distress and persecution,
with uplifted head,
I confidently await the very judge
who has already offered himself to the judgment of God
in my place and removed the whole curse from me.1
Christ will cast all his enemies and mine
into everlasting condemnation,
but will take me and all his chosen ones
to himself
into the joy and glory of heaven.2
1. Luke 21:28; Rom. 8:22-25; Phil. 3:20-21; Tit. 2:13-14
2. Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Thess. 1:6-10

Next week we move our focus from Jesus to the Holy Spirit, but not before we talk about a promise that Jesus has not yet fulfilled. In John 14:28, Jesus says “I am going away and I am coming back to you.” Jesus promised that he would return for his bride, the Church. The return of Christ is painted in a spectacularly terrifying picture in the bible with horses and trumpets and wrath. Jesus has a tattoo and is laying waste to wickedness and judging the world (good luck using the whole “judge not lest ye be judged” thing on him…). How does Christ’s return “to judge the living and the dead” comfort you? Can we find comfort in this?! Can being judged by God be “comfortable”? Only in Christ, for He is my only comfort in life and death (see Lord’s Day One). Because I am not my own, in all distress and persecution, with uplifted head, I confidently await the very judge who has already offered himself to the judgment of God in my place and removed the whole curse from me. He will take me and all his chosen ones to himself into the joy and glory of heaven.

Maranatha!
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