John 11 God’s glory revealed through His divine Son, Jesus Christ, is one of John’s strongest arguments as he presents the gospel message. Fast forward to our present-day; it begins when we come face to face with the very radiance of God as we read His Word. Jesus is revealed as –”the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.” [Jn 1:14] When we realize the truth of that statement, the light begins to dawn in our understanding. Jesus is the Son of God, and He came and did His works that God may be glorified.
How often do we, like Martha and Mary, ask: Where were you, Lord? Why did you not come? Why is this happening? Some he answers, but many questions he leaves unanswered so that we might look and see his glory in the miracles he performs. He alone is the Resurrection and the Life, and “The one who believes in [Him] will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in [Him] will never die.” [Jn 11:25] What assurance this is! What eternal security that is! Thus, we are to be not standing at the tomb wailing but seeking and yearning for his return: Seek the Lord and the strength he gives! Seek his presence continually! [1Ch 16:11]
Jesus asked this question: Do you believe “this?” He asks us that same question. Where are you? Standing at the tomb or busy about His business as you wait for His return?
1Chron 1-3 Easter was a glorious reminder that Christ rose from the dead. His resurrection gives us hope that one day we will hear the trumpet and rise to meet Him in the clouds. For now, we are left with a list of unpronounceable names to remember that only Christ has been raised from the dead. Men will still die and join many in the sacred graveyards leaving only a gravestone and memories.
Why did the Chronicler record so many unpronounceable names? Why did he register the names of Israel’s enemies? Why are there so few women’s names? So what are we to glean from this sacred graveyard?
The Chronicler wants us to know that life is short, eternity is long, but God has revealed His plan for our redemption. Woven in this chain of people, we find that God sent His son born of a woman to redeem those who were under the law. Some bowed the knee and whispered God save me for there is no other name under heaven whereby we are saved. We are saved not from perishable seed but imperishable. No matter how great our first birth privilege or heritage is, it does not secure our salvation for by no works are we justified, but by His grace alone.
One day all of us will stand before the Lamb of God when the
books are opened. To some, they will hear well done, thou good and faithful
servant; but to others, they will hear–depart from me I never knew you.
This is a sobering thought. Consider your decision for Christ today.
Advent Series: 1 & 2 Thessalonians…Looking for the Blessed Hope
Beloved, Christ came many years ago in a stable in Bethlehem but soon and very soon, He shall appear with flashing light and the trumpet of Gabriel. He will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. And wonder of wonders we shall see Him as the disciples saw him at the Transfiguration or as John saw him on the Isle of Patmos. He will come in the same way as a thief in the night and we who are sons of light will join him in the heavens.
In the meantime, may you be kept entirely blameless for his coming. May you be found spotless and worthy of his kingdom so he can present you before the Father’s throne. Strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish, that you may enter his presence. Why does he desire this? He called you to this salvation through the gospel message so you may possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Encourage your hearts in every good thing knowing that he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one until that time.
Stay alert, Keep a watch for you know not when he shall appear. Are you ready?
“Indeed, the more sanctified the person is, the more conformed he is to the image of his Savior, the more he must recoil against every lack of conformity to the holiness of God.” [Jn Murry]. We can recoil but how do we stay on top of this desire for holiness and then live it out practically? Even though Paul received word that the new babes in Christ were standing firm he knew that the wiles of the devil would not fade away for he is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Therefore, we need some practical ammunition to withstand his work and Paul outlines it in three simple steps which if applied will help us to be “more persistent [in our] yearning for the attainment of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus…”
First step is to recognize that this step towards is holiness is attainable because we have been anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit. Secondly, we can live it as we minister to the brethren by living a quiet life, minding our own business because the unbelievers are watching and taking note of the change within us. Thirdly there is no reason to fret about the Lord’s return for even Jesus while in his humanity told the disciples it was not for them nor him to know but only the Father. When the catching away happens we will be suddenly without warning be caught up to be with Jesus and our loved ones in the clouds. From that point on we will assuredly be with the Lord forevermore.
Beloved, “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come…” [Mt 24]
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