Thursday, December 28, 2017

Thirty Days of Jesus: Postlude 2, Like the Sun

Christmas means baby Jesus. Everybody loves the baby. The swaddling clothes (so cute!) the manger (awww, really?), the Wise Man (distinguished solemnity). It is a tremendous story. It is THE story of all of history. God Himself came in flesh, incarnated solely to grow, live a perfect life, and die.

The baby grew up. He ascended to the Father, sat down, and reigns from heaven. He is coming again, as I wrote yesterday. When He comes again it will not be as a baby all swaddled and cooing. His incarnation continues, as it will forever, but today we look at Jesus as He is now. He is kingly, powerful. He is GOD.

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. (Revelation 1:12-15).

The verse continues into v. 16, today's focus. It's the last verse in the series. We have gone from prophecies announcing the fact of His coming, to the Babe, to His life, work and ministry, His death and resurrection, and now as He is in heaven and His soon return. He will come again to deal with sin- and sinners.

True believers will be gathered with Him prior to the bloodbath that the Second Coming will be. During that horrific time, it will be a blessed time also, because many will come to faith. It will be a time of blood, evangelism, faith, sin, horror, and martyrdom.

Praise God, Jesus will come again. He is great and mighty.

On to today's verse:




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Background and Introduction, Thirty Days of Jesus Series

Prophecy and birth

Day 1: The Virgin shall conceive

Day 2: A shoot from Jesse

Day 3: God sent His Son in the fullness of time

Day 4: Marry her, she will bear a Son

Day 5: The Babe has arrived!

Day 6: The Glory of Jesus

Jesus' Boyhood

Day 7: Magi seek the Child

Day 8: The Magi offer gifts & worship

Day 9: And the Child Grew

Day 10- the Boy Jesus at the Temple

Day 11: He was Obedient

Jesus as the SON

Day 12: The Son!

Day 13: God is pleased with His Son

Day 14: Propitiation

Day 15: The gift of eternal life

Day 16: Two Kingdoms

Preeminence of the Son, His works & ministry

Day 17: Jesus' Preeminence

Day 18: The Highest King

Day 19: Jesus emptied Himself

Day 20: Jesus as Teacher

Day 21: The Shepherd

Day 22: Intercessor

Day 23: Jesus is Compassionate Healer

Day 24: Jesus is Omniscient

Day 25: The authority of Jesus

Day 26: Jesus' sinlessness

Day 27: He rose again!

Day 28: Resurrection is of central importance

Day 29: Ascension

Day 30: He sat down

Postlude 1: He is coming again

I hope you have enjoyed these verses and pictorial representations of the thirty-plus verses I'd selected to illustrate the Life of Christ. Feel free to use the photos as you will. All of them except two are my own creation, and the two that aren't mine are issued freely under creative commons license at Unsplash.com. Be sure to visit the Further Readings links I'd posted under most of the Scripture pictures, too. I always want to connect readers with good, credible sources.

Happy New Year! May 2018 be the year Christ returns.

And now He has revealed this grace through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the gospel, (2 Timothy 1:10)

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