Good Friday morning ...

I don't know about you, but I rather liked the old-fashioned bathroom scales of yesteryear as compared to the newer digital ones. I'm always a little dubious about the accuracy of the modern, thin-as-a-piece-of-cardboard instruments for recording weight. How can they possibly be accurate, much less bear the weight of a grown person? They appear to be so fragile.

With the older, clunkier versions of bathroom scales, you could manipulate them in a self-satisfying manner. The little adjustment knob could be fiddled with to vary the register and, if that was too much bother, you could just lean a certain way. Either way, the idea was to get a more favorable reading ... hopefully one that was a few pounds less. It seemed to work quite well ... for those of you who remember.

We live in an age where there are fewer and fewer absolutes. Self-serving behavior is rampant, and many people trample on the very moral laws given for the protection of society. Our culture prides itself in freedom ... but the freedom we so cherish is actually called slavery to sin in Romans [6:16-17].

But there is a God ... our Triune God of the Bible ... who is a God of absolutes and whose scales never lose their adjustment and with Whom a pound is a pound, right is right, and wrong is wrong. He says, "I am the Lord, I do not change" [Malachi 3:6]. And he says it with authority.

For those who believe, this puts steel into our spiritual backbones. We gain confidence in the face of difficulty and are assured of the fulfillment of every divine promise. For God is our gracious, eternal, never-changing God. How can we possibly go wrong?

If God were easily swayed by every whim or notion ... our eternal destiny would be in constant jeopardy. We would never know if we were on our way to heaven or not. But because He is the Unchanging One ... we are safe and secure. His compassions fail not for they are new every morning. We can weigh in every day and find the same eternal scale giving us the same reading day after day ... saved by grace through faith in Jesus.

Praise God for His sustaining, never-changing grace!

"He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life." [I John 5:12-13]

Have a blessed weekend in the Lord ...


Service Times

8:30 AM - Traditional Worship Service

9:40 AM - Sunday School & Bible Study Classes for all ages

11:00 AM - Contemporary Worship Service

Holy Communion is celebrated at both services on the first and third Sundays of each month.


Grace Lutheran Church & School

12200 McCormick Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225

(904) 928-9136