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This was first posted on 12-29-2007. Not much has changed except the signs of the times remind us that the return of our Lord is closer than ever and we need to be prepared to meet Him with joy.
About-Him.Com Devotional 12-30-2017
Happy New Year
Another year! Time really flies, doesn't it? Actually it seems to move faster every year. I remember when I was a boy (yes, we did have electricity and telephones back then), time seemed to move very slowly. It seemed like my next birthday would never come. After I had been eight years old for six months, I would proudly announce that I had arrived at the ripe age of eight and a half. It seemed like the school year would never end, and then summer vacation became a drag as the days drug slowly on towards the new school year. The three years between the time that I graduated from high school at eighteen and when I would officially be a man at twenty one seemed like an eternity. Anybody identify with this? I thought so.
I've never been much for New Years resolutions, but it never hurts to have a time of reflection for what has past and what lies ahead. This also prompts a few thoughts which I hope to share.
In light of current events such as the unrest in Pakistan, the Russians aiding Iran with a nuclear program and the threat of global terrorism, I believe that this old world can't continue much longer. I believe that the return of Jesus is closer than ever. we This could be the year that He returns. Wouldn't that be glorious? However, if He doesn't we are one year closer to our ultimate end i.e. death (Hebrews 9:27). Job stated our life on this earth would be but a few troubled days (Job 14:1), we came into this world naked and would leave it in like fashion. Ecclesiastes adds that when we go, we won't be taking anything with us (Job 1:21; Ecclesiastes 5:15, 9:10). We remember what God told the rich man who thought that he would skate through life depending on his earthly possessions.
Luke 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided
Jesus stated that He had to finish the work of His Father while it was yet day. The night was coming when nobody would be able to work (John 9:4). I believe that night is quickly coming upon us (II Timothy 2:1-5). Thus we are urged to redeem the time (Ephesians 5:16, Colossians 4:5).
In Exodus 12, God provided the blood of a spotless lamb as a sign that each household was under His protection when He reigned judgment and terror on the land of Egypt. We know that Jesus is our Lamb of God (John 1:29,36) and we surely need to be under the protection of His blood and Spirit as this world rocks and reels as the day of the Lord approaches.
Exodus 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover.
We will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ to answer for the deeds done in this flesh, whether good or bad (Romans 14:12; II Corinthians 5:10). That can be a joyous time or not so joyous. That's up to us!
We wish each and everyone a blessed and happy new year in Christ Jesus.
Song: My God, My King and My Redeemer
"… what the situation will be like in the world before the Lord returns, namely, Christ will be despised, and the preachers of the Gospel will be regarded as fools." (The Complete Sermons of Martin Luther, vol. V, p. 40)
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