Our Blessed Hope

March 19, 2016

                                              Our Blessed Hope

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

If you are a child of God, this verse has some good news for you.  It doesn’t matter what your present condition may be.  You may be in the most miserable situation you have ever been in your life.  This verse speaks of something great waiting for you.

More than 2000 years ago Jesus stood with some of his disciples and gave them some promises before he went up to heaven.  Since that day no man in the flesh has seen him. I Peter 1:8 gives this commentary on our relationship with him.  “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

That day Jesus told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would come upon them and give them power to be his witnesses. In Acts 1:8 we read what he told them.  “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Titus speaks of that glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. That appearing is what Christians call “the rapture.” It is that time when Christ will come for his own.  We read about it in I Thessalonians 4:16-18. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:   Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.   Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” After that, end time prophecy talks about seven years of wars and tribulation on the earth.  Then we are told that Christ will come with his saints and set up an earthly kingdom that will last for 1000 years.

We are told that Christ’s reign will be characterized by peace, prosperity, and righteousness. Micah 4:3-4 tells us something about it.  “And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.   But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.” Even now we can have the peace of God.  Psalm 119:165 says, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”  That isn’t just a promise.  It is a fact that many of God’s people can attest to.

When we are tempted to be discouraged and depressed we need to get our eyes on that blessed hope that we read about in Titus 2:13. None of us know how our entrance will be to heaven and to that blessed hope.  For many centuries it has been through death.  What we read in I Thessalonians 4:17 tells us that there will be a moment when the saints on earth will be “caught up.” That word means to be taken away suddenly.  If we are living on earth at that time,  in an instant, we will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air.

Some may have doubts about how this could be, but with the Lord nothing is impossible. We have some Old Testament examples.  In Genesis 5:23-25 we have the example of Enoch.  In II Kings 2:11 we read about how Elijah was taken up in a chariot.

There is another great truth in Titus 2:13. It is the fact that Jesus is God.  In the last part of the verse it isn’t talking about two people.  The word “and” could be translated “even.”   That way it could be written “the great God, even our Savior Jesus Christ.” We already know that Jesus said in John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.”

This blessed hope is only for a prepared people. The Lord knows those who are his.  If you want to be included among those who will have a part in this blessed hope, you need to be sure you are in God’s family.  Are you sure you are?  John 10:14 says, “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” If you aren’t sure, I John 5:11-13 tells us that we can be sure.  “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.    He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.    These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”  If you have personally trusted in Christ’s sacrifice for the forgiveness of your sins, then you have the Son.

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address:  rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

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