Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Jude 24, 25

 

Jude’s short letter is all about the fact that salvation has always been the work of Jesus. That is true for all of history, not just the period of time that we might call the age of the New Testament. So, if we desire to be saved, we need to remain singularly focused on the One who saves, that is Jesus, the Christ. He calls upon us to follow Him in all things and with a totality of commitment that literally drives all else out of us and replaces those former, worldly elements with Christ-imbued righteous truth. There is much in our world that wars with this transformation. Many people and the institutions that they promote are antagonistic to God and to His people. This is the struggle that Jude warns about.

 

Yet, I think that this little benediction speaks loudly about why people who know Christ can be thankful in the midst of the many struggles and uncertainties of life. Christ does not leave us out here all alone. He provides each and every one of His followers with absolute truth that we can anchor to in order to withstand the storms that come our way. His grace is more than all that we need to be brought into the presence of the most holy God and declared worthy, pure, blameless, and innocent. Christ stands as our defense against the attacks that evil launches against us and provides the touch of healing that we require in order to recover from the inevitable bruises that we receive as we contend for our faith.

 

In all of this there is great cause for thanksgiving. God is in this world. He has never been absent. Christ has been working for the redemption of people since the first of us defied God and became needy of grace and salvation. He has not and will not stop doing the same for all of humanity until the day of His final return. It is ours to choose to accept God’s mercy and follow Christ. So, as we have done that, we can know God and understand His greatness and live in the security of His rule of authority over this world. In Christ, we are the beloved subjects of the one and only true King. We are the recipients of the royal blessing of life, and there is no greater reason than this to cause us to lift up our voices in choruses of thanksgiving and praise.