Monday, December 1, 2008

The Sunrise

First there is the simple beauty of it – a strip of glowing, brilliant color along the eastern horizon. Then the colors dim and fade even as the sky grows brighter with light, the source of which cannot yet be seen. Waiting and watching, waiting and watching. Now it’s almost like full day light. The horizon glows softly, yet still the source of that light cannot be seen. It seems to take a very long time, this sunrise I observe.

I am reminded that at times we begin to feel like the return of Jesus never will actually happen, just as this sunrise seems to take forever. Yet no matter how it feels, the sun eventually does complete its rising and peak over the horizon, right at its appointed time. And no matter how it feels, Jesus said He would return, and He will – right at the appointed time.

If you look back through time and scripture, you will find the evidence that God always does what He says He will do. Keep waiting and watching.

Luke 21:27-28
"Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory.
"But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

Acts 1:11
They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."

Matthew 24:36-39

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
"For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.
"For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 19:1-6
The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances to the end of the world In them He has placed a tent for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
(All scriptures: New American Standard Bible)

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