Dec 3, 2013
‘…Let me not be ashamed of my hope.’ Psalm 119:116 KJV
The Psalmist wrote, ‘Uphold me according to Your Word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope.’
What is our hope? It’s found in the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul spells it out: ‘We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him…For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…’ (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 NIV). Jesus said, ‘…For a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out – those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned’ (John 5:28-29 NIV). In that day the Lord’s Prayer will finally be answered: ‘Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven’ (Matthew 6:10 KJV).
The hymnist Horatio Spafford wrote, ‘O Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait. The sky, not the grave, is our goal. O trump of the angel! O voice of the Lord! Blessed rest, blessed hope of my soul.’ Jesus has not changed His mind; He’s coming again. Coming for whom? For a prepared people, to take them to a prepared place, where they will dwell with Him forever. Are you planning to be there?
Gen 30:25 – 31:55, John 15:18-27, Ps 65, Pr 31:25-27