When I first open my eyes, darkness greets me. Quiet surrounds me, holds me, lets me know I am safe.
Opening our front door, I am thankful for His trees in our neighborhood. Always I am touched by the faithful chorus of His birds.
But His sky …
Changing within seconds … there are times I get my phone to take a photo, turn around to go back inside. Meanwhile, He illuminates, brightens with light and color.
I can’t keep up.
Let’s not be discouraged, friends … by anything of this temporary life. Let’s press on, further and further into His presence.
Because eternity is our ultimate address, we have hope and a responsibility while we still have breath on this earth.
Isn’t His Kingdom growing now so the family of God will be bigger in heaven?
Jesus invites us Come.
Jesus expects His Bride (that’s all believers) to invite others to Come:
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes to take the free gift of the water of life (Revelation 22:17).
This is important:
Are we following Jesus, or someone … some thing that claims to be Him? Are we putting our faith in people or things instead of the Son of God?
Are we pointing other to the true Christ, the one who showed His love for all by laying His life down? If you have ever questioned what your purpose is …
At that time if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!” or “There He is!” do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible. So be on your guard; I have told you everything in advance (Mark 13:21-23).
Jesus promises we will see greater things than a sunrise.
Heaven will open. Angels wrapped in His glory will descend upon us.
At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And He will send out the angels to gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven (Mark 13:26-27).
We won’t have time to get our phones, to take selfies, to eat, or even go and get our loved ones (Mark 13:15).
It will be the time Scriptures foretold when darkness becomes morning forever.
Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him. And all tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and was and is to come -the Almighty (Revelation 1:7-8).
Hallelujah for the Cross! Praise God for His Son Jesus Christ!
Yes, we are in a pandemic. Yes, we have stress because of it.
Yes, we will have our moments of being weary, patience growing thin.
Yes, we will reach out to God, cry out to Him in prayer.
Yes, we will call upon each other to stay rooted in His truth, in His hope.
Yes, we will remember our future is not bleak, it is glorious.
Yes, we will pray for those who don’t know Him, who have rejected Him.
Yes, we will continue to invite others to believe, understanding our role to say, Come.
Yes, Jesus, we love You. Help us love you more this very moment. Have mercy upon us who can’t follow You perfectly, for You are the only perfect One.
Yes, Lord, we will follow Your teachings.
Yes, Lord, we will do as You nudge, as You lead, as You command in Your word.
If you find your heart is too worried or afraid or confused to say all these Yes’s, please read the gospel of Mark or John. Feel free to email me or another trusted believer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to gather with other believers to study John 19:16-27. Join us tomorrow April 8th at 10am-10:30a Eastern time at https://Facebook.com/jdibble4Him. I invite you to comment along with me. If I don’t get to read them during the live post, others can see them and read them then and later! It is a blessing to be able to meet this way in the face of the virus. The goal of this time is to focus on Jesus as He walks to the cross this Friday.
All photos in this post are mine.
Thank you for being here with me.
May you blessed with the knowledge of His power living in you.
Love in Christ,