Sunday, June 12, 2011

one day...

one day JESUS is coming back.  today i long for that day.  revelation 21 talks about it...

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look!  God's dwelling place is now among the poeple, and he will dwell with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"  Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."  He said to me, "It is done.  I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.  Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children."

that is what i long for.  for the day when we dwell in God's presence, when God restores all things, when our bodies and minds are free from our sin, when there are no tears or pain or death.  Jesus conquered it all on the cross and i long for the day when we see the fullness of it.  we can have glimpses of his victory in our lives today, but we won't see the fullness of it until the day he comes back.  that is what i want.

but until then, i'm thankful that we have a hope that is unchanging and eternal.  that we can live longing for what is certain to come and certain to bring more joy and peace and fulfillment than we could ever imagine... in our lives and also among every tribe, people, nation and language.  i'm thankful that God is with us today, to guide us and comfort us in this fallen world.  i'm thankful that we have a certain HOPE in him.

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