Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Monday, March 25, 2019
The Blessed Hope
Behold, he cometh with clouds.
According to the apostle Paul, the blessed hope of the church is the return in glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). The passage of time has not dimmed that expectation. Jesus is coming again. That is the constant promise of Scripture.
Christs coming is to be personal, physical, and actual. The promise cannot be spiritualized or idealized. It has not yet been fulfilled but remains before Gods people as the fixed point toward which all the Bibles prophecies of the end time are irresistibly moving. Satan and sinners may mock this truth. They may sneer, Where is the promise of his coming? (II Pet. 3:4), but they cannot alter the glorious truth that Jesus is coming again. Gods prophetic programme that leads to that glorious appearing is right on track and on time.
The Scripture uses this truth to stimulate us to be holy. It is impossible to hold this hope before us without living pure and holy lives (I John 3:3). The blessed hope is not indulgence in wild prophetic fancies that put the brain in a fever and lower the temperature of spiritual life. It is intensely practical and leads us to live in such a way that we will not be ashamed before Christ at His coming.
The promise of the Lords return also brings comfort amid our sufferings and afflictions. It directs a bright beam from glory into the darkness of bereavement (I Thess. 4:13-18). It gives us strength to face death and overcome its terror (I Cor. 15:52-58). It assures us that these bodies in which we have so much limitation and trouble will soon be made like the glorious body of our Saviour. No more sickness, no more suffering, no more sadness, no more sinthis is the glorious expectation of the people of God. With John we eagerly cry, Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:20).
If I do not gaze with rapture on Christ in meditation and prayer I deceive myself if I profess to be eager to see Him coming again.
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