God’s Grace and Peace to you all on this Tuesday, August 22, 2017,
The Son Shines
Millions of people were captivated yesterday with the solar eclipse. Having been told exactly the time of the occurrence, with special glasses, through special instruments, and even pin holes created through paper so that the beam of light or lack thereof streamed through on another piece of paper, they observed. The last time the moon eclipsed the totality of the sun from the west coast to the east coast of the United States was 99 years ago. Even in Minnesota we experienced quite a darkening affect.
“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour (noon to 3:00 p.m.) darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.) Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me.’” (Matthew 27: 45-46 At the pinnacle moment of all time when Jesus carried humanity’s weight of sin, total darkness covered the earth. I wonder what people thought of this unannounced event?
“Again the high priest asked Him, ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?’ ‘I AM,’ said Jesus. ‘And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of Heaven.’” (Mark 14: 61b-62) What will people think of this unannounced event?; great joy for those receiving eternal life in Heaven, great fear for those receiving eternal separation from God in hell. This time when the Son of God appears He will come unannounced and all darkness will disappear, and everyone will see with their own eyes, the Son, in His entire splendor, bring His children to their final home in Heaven.
“Arise, shine, for your Light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.” (Isaiah 60: 1-2) Jesus has totally destroyed the darkness of your sin—His Light now shines through you—believe it.
• Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You have revealed for all time Your Light to the world through Jesus Christ, who destroyed the darkness of sin, death, and the devil’s power. No longer do these have dominion to those in faith who hold fast to You alone Jesus. So many people today are looking for anything to fill the void of their hearts created by their sin. Many people are even worshiping the event that took place yesterday and ARE placing their trust in the alignment of the sun and moon, stars and planets. How sad. Lord let Your Light shine through me that as long as I have breath I may proclaim the greatness of Your Son, Jesus, whom no one needs to fear of, but instead, may worship and rejoice in forever. Lord in Your mercy—We pray this prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
• Lord God, Your message is the power, not the messenger. Help me always remember that. For Your sake Jesus we pray. Amen.
Joy in the Son! Until Friday.