Several important events mark the life of our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. Traditionally the Universal Church has been very dutifully celebrating Christmas (day of birth), Good Friday (the day the atoning work was completed on the Cross) and Easter (Resurrection day) the final event…however the Day of Ascension (Acts 1:9-11) has not been given due importance. Why? Honestly, I do not want to hazard a guess, but for whatever reason, no serious attempt is made to glean valuable lessons from the Ascension Day, which marked the end of the Earthly mission of our Lord and Master. In this three-part series, I intend to bring forth some of the lessons which have touched my heart…
“Prophecy,” remarked a wise soul, “is nothing but history written in advance.” Quite true! Have we ever wondered why there were plethora of prophecies regarding Jesus’ first advent? He could have well been born to a virgin supernaturally, lived a sinless life, died an atoning death on the cross, rose again, providing salvation to fallen mankind, and ascended without a single prophecy foretelling all these events. But there was a prophecy regarding every single landmark occurrence in His spotless life. If Isaiah 7:14 foretold His miraculous birth then Micah 5:2 blared about the place of His birth (i,e…Bethlehem). Ditto the same about the prophecy regarding His crucifixion in Psalm 22 (penned by David at a time when crucifixion as a mode of execution did not exist), resurrection in Psalm 16:10. So if there were Prophecies regarding those landmark events, would not there be a Prophecy regarding ascension? Yes, go no further than…Psalm 68:18.
So why so many prophesies regarding His first advent? Remember on His single, singular life depended the very salvation of Mankind. So the Almighty God did not want any rationalist to attribute His unique life, death and resurrection to a mere accident or coincidence. Let me illustrate. I had a bosom buddy by the name of Anandeep in my school and Junior college days. After I accepted the Lord in my Junior college days, I was particularly guilty of never having shared the Gospel “full-throttle” with him. After passing out of Junior college, we pursued different fields in education as such we almost lost completely touch with each other. With passage of time, having grown more in the Lord, there was that ever-growing burning desire in my heart to share the Gospel with an old mate of my alma mater. Oh how I wanted to share the new joys (I was growing spiritually, you see) of walking with the good Lord, with the chum I had shared so many childhood joys with! So I prayed fervently about it. Some years later, when I was traveling in a train in the evening hours (Rayalaseema Express to be precise, which plies between Hyderabad and Thirupathi in Andra Pradesh) I did meet my friend. That night I shared the Gospel with all my heart, soul and might. I profusely thanked the Lord for all the happy time I had in my journey with my friend and the opportunity to share the Gospel with him, what with others in the compartment listening too! Look at the Lord’s providence! Maybe, if I had met good ol’ Anandeep in a busy bazaar, he may not have listened to me so patiently. Boy, when the good Lord answers our prayers, He does it in the best way possible!
Of course my rationalist friends would doubtless attribute this fulfilling experience of mine to an accident or a coincidence. Not for them a belief that my “train encounter” was a result of passionate prayers. Now consider for a moment…if everything about my travel on that particular day when I met my old pal had been foretold by way of a writing in a certain book, would they still put it down to an accident or a coincidence? No way! Ditto the same about Christ’s life…It was not by chance that everything happened in his first coming the way it did!
So it follows that if all Biblical prophecies have been fulfilled regarding His First advent, would not all the prophecies (Matt 24:7) regarding His Second advent be also fulfilled, besides others like in Psalm 2, Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21? Surely yes!
Prayer: Father, enable us to be alert and alert others regarding Thy Son’s Second Coming…In Jesus’ precious Name. Amen
An unworthy servant
J and SM Ministries
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