Saturday, April 7, 2012

Waiting without knowing

9:22 p.m. Today's project was to visit our son, daughter-in-law and new grandson in Long Beach. We'd slept an hour later than usual (7:00 a.m.),  so we could be well rested for the hour-and-a half  drive to Long Beach and back. With the care giver's help, Steve and I got ready as well as getting some yard and garden chores done before leaving at 11:15.

As families do, we waited excitedly for Clark to be born, and were as thrilled with him as could be when he finally arrived! I've been to see him, about 160 miles round trip, three times since he was born, taking Steve with me twice. Our daughters and sons-in-law have been to visit;  Marisela's mom has been over to see them at least once a day. Her family and friends, who live in the city, have been to see the little guy regularly. Kriss says they have at least one visitor a day.  Even Penny Lane the kids' cocker spaniel, is now comfortable with her usurper of the household center stage! 

I'm just so pleased to see our daily prayers answered for Kriss and his little family, with good health and a strong support system near and far. They'll face trials as all people do, but God will help them find the best way to raise their son, and meet all their needs. Of that I am confident!  My prayer for all of my children is Philippians 4:19:

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Never was a baby boy awaited like Jesus was! The prophecies detailing His birth circumstances, hometown, lineage, ministry, triumphal entry into Jerusalem were laid out in great detail thousands of years before His birth, even from the beginning of the world! In Genesis 3:15, God tells the serpent satan that he will be crushed by the "seed" of the woman. Jesus fulfilled every single prophecy about Him and He fulfilled them on the exact dates given in the Old Testament. I've heard this illustration, that the odds of Jesus being anything other than the promised Messiah, Son of God are 10 to the 17th power! It would be like standing in an area the size of the state of Texas two feet deep in silver dollars and in one reach, grabbing a certain marked coin! [Illustration from More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell].

Yet, in John Chapter One, we read (verses 10-11):

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own and His own did not receive Him."

The One awaited by all of the universe to save mankind from their sin was not even acknowledged or recognized but by a very few during His time on earth! Jesus Himself, as He wept over Jerusalem cried out in Luke 19:41-44:

If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.

This prophecy was fulfilled by the Romans in A.D. 70.

After Jesus' arrest and crucifixion, the disciples went into hiding, terrified, grieved and hopeless. They did not even know that they were awaiting Jesus' most powerful prophecy about His death, Luke 9:22:

The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 

Not until after Christ's resurrection did the disciples recall what Jesus had said! Their attention span was about just about right for a human being, wasn't it? Especially when we receive confusing or discomfiting news...

Today's believers have the distinct privilege of hindsight as we anticipate our joyous Easter celebrations tomorrow. But we are still awaiting the fulfillment of the prophecies of our entrance into Jesus' presence in heaven and the prophecies of His Second Coming.

If you do not have the assurance of your salvation, ask Jesus to forgive your sins, and to come into your heart as Savior tonight. If you once had a personal relationship with the Lord, but have allowed the "cares of this world" to distract you from the simple, straightforward  walk and loving companionship you once knew with your Lord, come back! He awaits with no scolding, but with pure love to guide you through the next crossroads you are facing in your life.

Trust in the risen Lord!

John 2:19:

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