Day 40Â He’s coming back!
Â 9-11Â These were his last words. As they watched, he was taken up and disappeared in a cloud. They stood there, staring into the empty sky. Suddenly two men appearedâ€”in white robes! They said, â€œYou Galileans!â€”why do you just stand here looking up at an empty sky? This very Jesus who was taken up from among you to heaven will come as certainlyâ€”and mysteriouslyâ€”as he left.â€ Acts 1:9-11 (MSG)
I don’t anticipate this truth as frequently or deeply as I should. Jesus is coming back, for sure – and not to my expectations.Â The Kingdom of God will see the return of the King.
That resonates with me. There has probably never been more worship going on the face of the earth than today. There has been an explosion of worship songs, worship music in the broadcast and internet media, worship schools, and just regular people who have given themselves to being wholehearted worshipers. That’s what happened to me in my mid-30’s.
The Holy Spirit is preparing the bride of Christ, His Church, for the bridegroom.
It is also true there has probably never been a more sinful era in the history of the world where perversion abounds. We live in a time of the wheat and tares (Matthew 13:24-30).
The discerning will read and heed the signs of the times. Certainly the church and the world is being prepared for the return of the Lord.
Live and act accordingly.
Part 2 (Chorus)
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice
Let the seas resound with a mighty roar
Let the trees and the fields shout a song of joy
For He’s coming again, yes He’s coming again
Oh He’s coming again, yes He’s coming again
In all His honor and majesty
Rob Still Â© 2001/2011 Rob Still Music CCLI Song # 117947
I invite you to pray with me.
Lord awaken my heart to be ready.Â Stir up my thinking and realign my priorities.Â Help me to not only be prepared, but like the forerunner, help me be one who prepares the way of the Lord for others.Â For the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.Â Amen.Â
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
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