Sunday, December 2

Today’s Gospel reading, Luke 21:25-28 & 34-36, has Jesus teaching His disciples about the end time. He describes some of the happenings and also the human attitudes. Words like “dismay”, “perplexed”, “fright”, carousing”, “drunkenness”, “anxieties”, “trap”, “assault”, and others are used. Over the past 2,000 years these words have frightened some, been a curiosity to others, strengthened a faithful few, and been of no concern to the majority. But Advent is just around the corner. Every ending of whatever is a new beginning for some thing else. The words in this passage that I choose to dwell on?

” … raise up your heads because your redemption is at hand.”

The end of one thing begins another. When Jesus comes back we’re told He’ll return in the clouds with great glory. Over and over in the Book of Revelation white robes are mentioned. They are the dress of the saints. When Jesus returns the saints, all the redeemed in Heaven and all the souls in a then emptied Purgatory, will be with Him. All of those white-robed believers, all glorifying Jesus, so many that they’ll look like great white clouds rolling in. See Hebrews 12:1 here also. And with the Joy that this New Beginning entails in mind consider the following …

God will make ALL things new. Revelation 21:5.

We will soar on wings like eagles, run without becoming weary, walk without fainting. Isaiah 40:31.

Jesus will give us all new names. Revelation 2:17. (As an aside, and to share a personal opinion, this new name could well be the one we would’ve had if humanity had never fallen. Just a thought.)

It will all be so wonderful, so glorious that we can’t imagine in our wildest dreams what it’ll be like. 1 Corinthians 2:9.

There are a lot of verses in the Bible depicting what I’ll call the “New Beginning”. All of these marvelous things would be beside the point, in fact worthless, without the main factor. When He returns we will be like Him, but ONLY because we will see Him as He IS. 1 John 3:2. A new beginning with a new knowledge of God based on being there. Its personal. And its meaningful because of Him and His being there.

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