On what do you base this confidence of yours? (Isaiah 36:4 NRSV)
Welcome to St Clement’s,
As Christians, on what are we basing our confidence? Some would say we’re just basing our confidence on a nice story which might have some truth, among a sea of stories, and it doesn’t really matter which story we pick. If this is the story that helps us in life, then great. Others would go further and say we have nothing to base our confidence on, for God is not real.
But we base our confidence, like king Hezekiah of Judah, on the only true God who, as Hezekiah says, made heaven and earth and rules over all the kingdoms of the earth (Isaiah 37:16). Our God is a personal God who has revealed himself throughout history to humanity. We’ll see in our sermon today that this is the confidence Hezekiah had. A confidence in the God who speaks truth, against a sea of lies, the God who promises to deliver his people who trust in him, the God who comes through on that promise.
Supremely this revelation of God comes in his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus’ disciple John writes, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.’ (John 1:1 and 14 NRSV)
On what are we basing our confidence? In the only true God who in his grace and mercy comes to us in Jesus, forgives us for our rejection of him, lavishes his love upon us, and will one day bring us into his eternal kingdom? May this be our confidence.