Today, And In The Sweet By And By – By Rev. Charity Sephus

TODAY, God will bless integrity. He won’t strengthen the hand of the wicked. He will TODAY, fill my mouth with joy; allow my lips to speak praise and my heart to beat right. He has filled my heart with the hope “IN THE SWEET BY AND BY” because he touched me at an early age. He is resurrected as a spirit, so knowing this; I invited him to live his life within me. He answers questions and can see what lies all around my body. I gave him back this temple which he purified with his presence. May all the earth keep silent and may I be a gentle servant moved only by his spirit within.

Daily I realize that there is a land fairer than this. I can tell that Jesus is mine as he reveals his kindness, and goodness within. At times I still feel like a child at heart when I hear songs that have blessed me all my life. Mrs. McCorkle taught me “FAIREST LORD JESUS” in fourth grade. His presence filled the classroom as we sang without distractions or foolishness. In times like these, you may be saying “NO WAY!” However, the loving memory of it will never go away. I will give thanks to the Lord because he is good. His faithful love lasts forever! He is the God of all gods. I will see him face to face IN THE SWEET BY AND BY!

Sadducees, who denied that there is a SWEET BY AND BY (resurrection), came to Jesus asking, “Teacher, Moses said that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a widow but no children, the brother must marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. There were seven brothers. The first one married a woman; he died, leaving no children.  The second married her, died without leaving any children, and the third did the same.  None of the seven left any children. Then the woman died.  At the resurrection, when they all rise, whose wife will she be? All seven were married to her.”

Jesus said to them, “you don’t know the scriptures or God’s power. When people rise from the dead, they won’t marry. Instead, they will be like God’s angels. As for the resurrection from the dead, God said to Moses, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?”  He isn’t the God of the dead but of the living.

The gate is narrow, and the Way is straight which leads into life. Those who find it are few.  As Jesus told the Sadducees, we need to “know the scriptures and God’s power.” When Jesus said, “I am the Way,” it means that we can only enter God’s kingdom through Him.

Living by faith means accepting Jesus Christ as our personal savior because all access to the father is through him, into “THE SWEET BY AND BY.”