An Urgent Royal Invitation From the King of Kings
2 Chronicles 30:1-12
1. A Call to Repentance
A man may rend his garments and turn to idols, but those whose hearts have been rent will turn to God (Joel 2:13). Repentance is needed, for all have gone astray. God has commanded all men everywhere to repent and believe the Gospel.
2. A Call to Surrender
Yield yourselves unto the Lord”. This royal letter demands not only repentance toward God, but a personal consecration of the life to Him. The yielding of ourselves unto God is the evidence that we have in heart turned to Him. “Do you not know that your bodies are the members of Christ” (1 Corinthians 6:15)? We turn to God for life, then we are to yield ourselves unto Him, as those that are alive from the dead and our members as instruments of righteousness unto God (Romans 6:13).
3. A Call to Service
“And serve the Lord your God”. Acceptable service is the outcome of a consecrated life. Turn, yield and serve are the royal order. If you are redeemed by the precious Blood of Christ, therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit, which are both God’s. If you can say, “Whose I am,” you ought also to add, “Whom I serve” (Acts 27:23).
4. A Word of Encouragement
If you turn unto the Lord, your children shall find compassion, for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away His face from you. The Gospel of Christ, contains the only way into a life of true happiness and usefulness.
The Gospel, is to be preached to every creature (Mark 16:15). All were invited to “keep the Passover unto the Lord.” It was for the glory of God that they should keep in memory that terrible night in Egypt, when they were saved through the blood of the lamb. How much more is it to His glory that we should remember the “Blood of His Cross?” To share in this great deliverance, the Gospel of God invites us.
It was a Twofold Result.
The messengers of the Cross and the King of Glory are so closely linked together that to despise the one is to despise the other. “In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto Me” (Matthew 25:40).
Saul was persecuting the saints when the Lord said to him, “Why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4)
This is a humbling call. It implies a confession of your sins and a turning away from your own willful and wicked works. It is much easier for some to laugh at the messenger than to do this. Any fool may sneer, but it takes a wise man to repent. Although the Gospel is to be preached to every creature that does not prove that every creature, who hears the message will be saved (Acts 16:34). Only those who repent and believe and who “humble themselves and come” can partake of the benefits of this Great Passover. Christ, our Passover, sacrificed for us. Whoever will may come. Can we count you in?