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May 9, 2021 | Chris Baselice
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“Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.”—Psalm 6:8 (NKJV)
Have you ever been there . . . that place where you just can’t handle another moment of someone’s presence? Of course you have; we all have! Even the most spiritual people in Scripture have—including David! Look what he says to those surrounding him who were busy in sin. He says, “Depart from me.”
We get it, because like David, we know what it’s like to reach that point where some sort of separation is necessary. No amount of discussion or dialog will help. No measure of conversation or compromise can happen. In life, there will be those moments when we need another person to simply leave . . . to depart from us.
That’s never fun, is it? In a perfect world, we would be able to work everything out with everyone. Separation is a hard thing, a sad thing, and a sobering thing because it carries a sense of finality that can’t always be reconciled.
But as sobering as this is when it comes to our relationships, how much more when Jesus is the One saying, “Depart from Me”? And guess what? He tells us that He will say it. During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us, “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:23 NKJV).
That’s a sobering separation! In context, it refers to the people who had falsely claimed to be His followers in this life. When the time comes for them to stand before the Lord at the threshold of His Kingdom, their charade will be exposed. Jesus knows their knowledge of Him was all pretend all along.
Consequently, on the Day of Judgment, Jesus states the painful truth that there was never a relationship between them . . . and relationship with the King is needed in order to enter His Kingdom. They then hear Jesus say the last thing anyone in that position wants to hear: “Depart from Me.” These words mark the beginning of an eternal separation from the Resurrection and the Life!
How sobering, and how unnecessary! Sobering for reasons that are obvious, and unnecessary because the King has revealed Himself to the world with outstretched arms on the cross, inviting everyone to know Him and His love. And believing this is the difference between separation and salvation. Remember, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).
DIG: Why are the words of Jesus, “Depart from Me” so sobering?
DISCOVER: Why would Jesus say these words to someone? Why is it unnecessary for someone to hear these words?
DISPLAY: Continue to pray for anyone who is on course to hear these words from Jesus. Pray that they will realize the error of their ways and make a true commitment to following Jesus—before it’s too late.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.