SIGNIFICANT DELIVERANCE! (part 3 of 3)

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

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Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem, right?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and such a saying becomes spiritually personified throughout the scriptures. One place where this is evident is found in Matthew 2 when the light of an uncommon star leads the way unto an uncommon child.

To one group the star symbolized a reason to hope while to another it symbolized a reason to hate.

To one group the star symbolized a reason to rejoice while to another it symbolized a reason to be remorseful.

To one group the star symbolized a reason to praise while to another it symbolized a reason to plot.

To one group the star symbolized a reason to give worship while to another it symbolized a reason to show wrath.

One light caused opposite reactions within the hearts of men, but such a small light would only be a shadow of sorts to the behavior that was on the horizon in regards to this child of Bethlehem (John 3:19-21).

For now we must decide how we will react to God’s leading light and we must choose carefully for the way we see beauty may not necessarily reflect the awe that this former child will produce one day when the star from a distance gives way to the star that will dawn in an up-close and personal way. Even then the “star” will produce different reactions, but this time it won’t be within the power of man to reject what they see!

For when we gave you news of the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, our teaching was not based on stories put together by art, but we were eye-witnesses of his glory. For God the Father gave him honour and glory, when such a voice came to him out of the great glory, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased. And this voice came from heaven even to our ears, when we were with him on the holy mountain. And so the words of the prophets are made more certain; and it is well for you to give attention to them as to a light shining in a dark place, till the dawn comes and the morning star is seen in your hearts;” (2 Peter 1:16-19 – BBE)

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Keeping our eyes on the horizon

While speaking of the great assurance that God’s people can have in the words of the gospel, Peter encourages his readers to do something so simple yet so profound – keep our eyes on the horizon!

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;” (2 Peter 1:19)

The storms of life will vary and they may be extreme at times even causing life itself to become surrounded by darkness and doubt, yet we are encouraged to look away from the direction of the setting sun and to follow the light of God’s word which directs our heart, through faith, toward the return of Jesus and the security and comfort that we will have with him.

When we keep our eyes on the horizon, the light of that morning star will come much sooner than we think.

#2-peter, #faith, #heart, #jesus-return, #return-of-christ

Waiting For The Lord’s Return

            Jesus  is coming again! We have  His  promise in John 14:1-6, the testimony of the  angels in Acts 1:9-11 and  many other  promises in the rest of the New Testament. 

            In I Thes. 1:9-10 the Apostle Paul commends the church at Thessalonica  for their service to the Lord.  He recounts in I Thes. 1:9 their journey from idolatry to serving Jesus.  He further states that they were a serving  congregation. Since we serve the “living and  true God;” since he could come  at any  moment—we  must be ready at all times—we must be active in His work at  all times. We  must put our faith into action. We must be seeking the lost and striving to strengthen the saved.  Mission work and evangelism does not stop with conversion—the  more we  learn about Jesus and  His Church and the Word of God—we will be  mission minded.

            Jesus  has  told  us to be  waiting and  watching for  the  time  He  will come back for us.  But  we  must not be  idle; we must as the  song  goes, “we’ll work  ‘till Jesus  comes.”  Some in the  New Testament were condemned  because they  were  not active in the Lord’s service while waiting for His coming. That must never  be said  of us.  He has  provided much for us if we  will only  appropriate it. Let’s always seek to  reach the lost and strengthen the  saved!

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