As Jeremiah referred to a deliverance having a significance that would supersede the deliverance from bondage in Egypt, we have noted the spiritual deliverance we ourselves have received in Christ. However, as Israel was freed from the bondage of one nation and Jeremiah referred to the bringing out from “all the countries” where God had driven His people (Jeremiah 16:15), is there another deliverance of significance by which we can be encouraged?
God’s sovereign power to deliver was displayed in the past at various times and in various ways. His power to deliver in the past is to be a source of encouragement for the present. That power to deliver is also to encourage us regarding the future!
Jeremiah spoke of a drawing from many countries. Jesus noted a drawing from all directions. God has planned a great deliverance, a time when He will gather all the redeemed from the four directions of the earth to be with Him forever. As surely “As the LORD lives” He will bring such a deliverance.
Jesus stated. . .
“(26) And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. (27) And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.” (Mark 13:26-27 ESV)
What a grand gathering that will be! What an awesome deliverance of which to be a part!
One of the glorious pictures our Lord gave of joining with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the eternal kingdom of God is as follows:
“And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29 ESV)
From all directions God draws and will draw His people, delivering them from the bondage of sin in this world and placing them in His eternal kingdom. We should look forward with great anticipation for our final delivery from this realm. In the meantime let us keep in mind the “marker of the past”, the deliverance God made possible through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. . .
“and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10 ESV)
Praise God He has made it possible for us in Christ to encourage ourselves as we say, “As the LORD lives who has delivered me from my sins and the fear of death and will also bring me into His glorious eternal presence!”
Have a great day ANTICIPATING THE MOST SUPREME DELIVERANCE OF ALL!
“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org