Friday, May 27, 2016

The Great And Terrible Day Of The Lord

“In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.” (Isaiah 29:18) 

THAT DAY is an awesome phrase in the Bible! It refers to THE day on which God will set ALL things straight; when all wrongs will be righted and all evil eradicated. Oh how the hearts of all who follow Christ long for that day! “In that day their (all who oppose God) burden will be lifted from your (Christ-followers') shoulders, their yoke from your neck…” (Isa 10:27) This absolute refers to BOTH the first advent of Jesus—when he walked among us and said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mat. 11:28-29)  It also refers to that beautiful day when the skies will split and our Savior will arrive on a white horsed to separate the sheep from the goats (Mat. 25:31-46), the wheat from the weeds (Mat. 13:24-30), the braggers who will say “Lord Lord—look at all that we did in your name” but never knew or walked with Jesus (Mat. 7:22) from the poor in spirit who humbly confessed their brokenness, repented of their sin and followed Christ as King. He will crush all that is wicked and usher in the Kingdom of God in all of its fullness! Oh, as the prophet Joes said, that will truly be a “great and terrible” day! (Joel 2:31)

Jesus spoke of this day often, saying things like, “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.” (Lk. 21:34) And “I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Mt. 26:29) 

On that day what Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 13 will be fulfilled, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Cor. 13:12) Paul also encourages us to be mindful of THAT DAY every time we take communion. “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Cor. 11:26) 

The promise of the Lord’s return is inseparably and indelibly woven into the message of God’s Word. He is coming back! And living with an awareness of that reality serves two very practicle purposes:

First it serves as a sober warning during those times when we are tempted to follow our flesh and forget the ways of the Lord.  It also stands as a hope providing, strength infusing promise that empowers us to press through whatever we face with faith and assurance—BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT DAY IS COMING!

My prayer for you today—is the prayer Paul prayed for the Philippians, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ…” (Phil. 1:9-10) 

Walk humbly with Jesus today---looking forward to THAT DAY!

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