16 Apr Jesus, the Promise Keeper
Each night our black lab follows me up the stairs and goes directly into her warm blanketed nest. Often she does not stir again until the morning sun peeks in the window. However, last night she would not come upstairs. Last night she slept by the door to the garage. My wife was gone for the night. My wife tells me the dog does the same thing when I am gone. She will only tuck herself in for the night when the rest of us are tucked in. Otherwise she waits by the door.
In Mark 13 Jesus counseled us regarding His second coming. He said, “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back–whether in the evening, or at midnight or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!'”
Two thousand years have passed since Jesus warned us. While that is a long time for us it is nothing in the great scheme of eternity. It is but a day for the one who is eager to retrieve us from this world and have His whole family tucked in not just for the night but forever. Jesus promised us He would return. Jesus always keeps His promises.
Written by Roger Bothwell on November 26, 2002
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