Meditation for 09/13/2019
“’Men of Galilee’, they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’” (Acts 1:11)
The messenger from God promised a return of “this same Jesus” in the same fashion in which He went away. That is, He who ascended will descend, come again. The same promise to return that Jesus has used to encourage His disciples was reaffirmed by two heavenly visitors. As Jesus was sent to be take up bodily, so He will return in the same manner.
As He was hidden by a cloud at His departure, He will be revealed with a cloud at His return. The difference from His original coming was in a humble and simple way, being born of a woman. Upon His return, He will come in a cloud, but in all His glory.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, many people who claim to be Christians, often say they are ready for His return, but in reality, they are nowhere ready. We will all be judged by Jesus, as You have given Him authority to do so. Each day, I kneel and confess my sins and seek forgiveness for them, with the intention not to repeat them. Abba, You know those who are truly ready and those who only think they are. Today, we pray for all of God’s children, that we all will be ready at His return and find the assurance of our names being in the Lamb’s Book. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Changed lives, Change lives.”
“Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!” (James 5:7-9)
The coming of the Lord will mean vindication for the faithful. Righteousness will be rewarded, and evil punished. The prospect of that coming offers motivation for patience, in the sense of steadfastness or endurance. On the other hand, the coming of he Lord will mean judgment for all. Those who oppress others ware known by the Lord Almighty. Not only these but even the faithful who fail to remain strong can also expect Judgment.
Last Things, Return Promises: (Matthew 24:27-28, 30)
The coming (Greek – parousia) of Christ will be unquestionably public, as visible as lightning out of the east visible even unto the west. It will be as Impossible to miss as it would be for vultures to fail to see a carcass. All the nations of the earth will see Christ’s coming with power and great glory. The hatred of all nations for Jesus’ followers (verse 9) will turn to the mourning of despair when they see Jesus’ glorious return in power.
Second Thought of the Day:
“’Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.’ ‘Behold, I am coming soon! ‘My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.’ ‘He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’” (Revelation 22:7, 12, 20)
How fitting that the last chapter of Revelation should draw the inspired Scriptures to conclusion with a triple promise of Christ’s return.
Blessedness and reward attach to His coming. The record of God’s redemptive revelation leaves the reader with the “ringing announcement of he long hoped for return of Jesus!”