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We Shall Behold Him

Posted by admin in March 1st, 2010
Published in faith, Heaven

Am I crazy? Or isn’t Jesus’ returning a good thing? Isn’t it something we should be happy about? Aren’t we supposed to be talking about it? Encouraging one another with this great news and joy-filled expectation? “Jesus is coming again! Hallelujah!” I wish followers of Christ had some great greeting like the Russians do around Easter. Russians greet each other, “He is risen!” And the answer back is, “He’s risen indeed!” How cool if followers of Christ greeted each other, “Jesus is coming again!” And the answer back would be, “He’s coming again indeed!” How cool would that be? How important a reminder it would be!“Jesus is coming again so don’t get too attached to this old planet!”

I don’t know. I guess I’m just trying to deal with the earthquakes. Think about that scripture in Romans 8…

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the…hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves…groan inwardly while we wait for…the redemption of our bodies.” Yea! Redemption of bodies. Redemption of the planet. Redemption of all of creation! Yea! That’s really good news, right?

Often, not always, but a lot of times people get a little freaked out when I start talking about the Second Coming. I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid preachers preached on it all the time. Not so much these days. I always wonder why? Is it because we are so comfortable and happy in this place? Is it because an unexpected return of Christ would interrupt our plans? That trip to Europe? The promotion at work? Or because we don’t want to see the little ones in our lives suffer? I don’t know. But I think we as the Body of Christ need a “heads up” right now.

Take for example these horrible earthquakes. Okay. Okay. Yes I know that earthquakes haven’t increased in number over the last 100 years. But they have increased in intensity and they are tending to hit more population centers. In 2009 for example, nearly 2000 people died in earthquakes around the world. That number has already been eclipsed in 2010—there have been eleven earthquakes in our new decade all registering 6.0 or over on the Richter scale. Haiti, Chile, Papua New Guinea, Japan, North Korea, California, Solomon Islands and China all have been hit in this New Year with earthquakes that have registered more than 6.0! Over 250,000 people have died in earthquakes just since January 1st —the majority of casualties were in Haiti.

So we gotta ask ourselves, “Is the earth groaning?” I think it is.

And perhaps we should be groaning as well. And it doesn’t matter if you are pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation. I always say, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” I mean if I prepare for going through the Tribulation (capital T) and I’m wrong, who cares? If I don’t prepare and I do go through the Tribulation (capital T)…well…that’s not so good. I remember the testimonies of Christians in China when the Communists took over. They thought it was the Tribulation with a capital T and for them it was. Anytime you lose family members, body parts and are tormented for your faith, well, that is tribulation with a capital T, right?

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves (uh…insert tsunami here). People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ (this is good news for those who are in Christ Jesus) with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads,(heads up) because your redemption is drawing near (Luke 21).”

I want to start a new movement called the “Raise Your Heads” movement. We can all join it and when we greet each other we can say, “Raise Your Head! Jesus is coming again!” Of course after a few years it’d get trite and become a lot like asking people, “How ya doin’?” Just a greeting. Not so meaningful. But still…

I look forward to Jesus coming again. I want to see this old world healed and restored. I want to see Jesus in all of His glory and magnificent beauty. I want all this brokenness to be fixed, or more correctly, renewed. As if it were never broken in the first place. Come quickly Lord Jesus! And in the meantime, let’s tell others about this great Redeemer we know Who loves us and gave Himself for us. In the meantime let’s focus on things eternal and share the hope we’ve been given. Because no matter what your theology, the fact is We Shall Behold Him! And that’s good news. Peace.

“We Shall Behold Him” by Dottie Rambo

The sky shall unfold, preparing His entrance;
The stars shall applaud Him with thunders of praise.
The sweet light in His eyes shall enhance those awaiting;
And we shall behold Him then face to face.

And we shall behold Him, we shall behold;
Face to face in all of His glory.
O we shall behold Him,
We shall behold Him;
Face to face our Savior and Lord.

The angel shall sound,
The shout of His coming;
The sleeping shall rise from their slumbering place.
And those who remain,
Shall be changed in a moment;
And we shall behold Him then face to face.

And we shall behold Him;
Face to face in all of His glory.
And we shall behold Him;
Face to face our Savior and Lord.

© 1980, this arr. 2009 John T. Benson Publishing Company (admin. by Music
Services, Inc.). All rights reserved.

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359. Texas sister said,
March 1st, 2010 at 5:52 pm

MARANATHA, LORD JESUS!

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