Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What is Jesus doing now?

Yesterday I wrote about the technology that is coming together that will support the rapid co-opting by the antichrist. The surveillance society in which we are currently living (no matter where you are) is one that extends its tentacles into most aspects of private citizens' lives. When the tentacles close up, the world will be strangled by the antichrist, who will gleefully oppress its remaining citizenry into a hellish submission. Most will be subdued by their own sinful wills, tragically.

The piece was an honest look at the bloody apocalyptic world that is rapidly approaching.

Tomorrow I am planning a piece that shows how quickly society is crumbling.

Though I included in yesterday's blog essay and will include in tomorrow's blog essay the Gospel and the  beauty of Jesus amid all that darkness, it's still sobering to think of what is going to happen to the billions of people left behind in the Tribulation.

To lighten things up, today I was thinking about the promises of Jesus. We love to think about Him for Who he is and His attributes. But it is also comforting to think of the things He has said in scripture that He is doing on behalf of His bride: us. What is He doing now?

When He said on the cross, "It is finished!" (John 19:30) it meant that, well, it is finished. When Jesus ascended to heaven, His work completed, He sat on His throne. Jesus is performing priestly duties, and as King, He is reigning.

"Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a High Priest, one Who is seated at the right hand
"The Lamb is on His throne", Flickr CC, by LawrenceOP
of the Throne of the Majesty in heaven, a Minister in the Sanctuary and the true tent which is set up not by man but by the Lord." (Hebrews 8:1-2) .

We know from John 14:2 that "In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?"

How wonderful! Just to think Jesus is personally preparing a place for us! And even better to know that "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also." (John 14:3). So, Jesus is preparing.

In heaven He is making intercession for us. Romans 8:34 says,

"Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us."

Therefore, Jesus is praying.

Jesus is welcoming the souls who have left their earthly tent and are arriving in heaven. Upon death, Christians are immediately translated to heaven!

"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." (2 Corinthians 5:8). Jesus is welcoming.

Leon Cathedral, Flickr CC, by Steven 2358
Jesus said to Peter that He shall build His church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Jesus is building. (Matthew 16:18).

Jesus is sovereign and orchestrating each and every minute detail of His universe. He knits together in the womb, He calls to salvation, He receives prayers and praise. There is so much He is doing and is powerfully able to do. So it is all the sweeter and humbling to think of the things He is doing for His bride. We surely have a holy and just and powerful and wise Groom. But we also have a caring and loving and an eager Groom, too!

2 comments:

  1. According to the link below, the word "mansion" is not to be taken literally:

    http://carm.org/questions/about-bible/what-does-term-mansion-mean-john-142

    Your thoughts?

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    1. I'm sorry Anonymous, I didn't interpret the essay the same way you did. It seemed that the author was expressly saying that the prepared abode IS literal, just not a tiny house nor a separate mansion (like a subdivision). As he stated,

      "So, Christ is saying that He is preparing a place for us in heaven where we will dwell with God in close communion with Him, and that there is room in heaven for all whom God calls to salvation."

      I can't wait!

      Revelation 21 has more details ;)

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