Your Redemption is Near

Wars and rumors of wars. Famines. Plagues. Pestilence. Earthquakes. The list of things Jesus says will unfold before He comes again are extreme. (Luke 21:7-36) Like the plot line from a horror movie the evil in the world will explode, love will grow cold, and hopelessness will be common. If the story ended there, it would be painfully tragic. Spoiler alert: the story doesn’t end here.

 

Ultimately just as Jesus overcame death and the grave, we will also know ultimate victory through faith in Him. Today if the news seems bleak, rejoice because Jesus has overcome the world. (John 16:33)

 

Here, surrounded by the love of Christ, we can rejoice always. We can pray without ceasing. We can give thanks in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Jesus. No other name is given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

 

Jesus. God’s only Son, given as a ransom for our lives out of God’s heart love so we would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

 

Jesus. The way, the truth and the life… the only way back to the Father (John 14:6).

 

Today my greatest hope is that you (yes you) would know the love and hope found only through faith in Jesus. (Romans 10:9) No matter where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or what you are facing Jesus died for you (Romans 5:8). You can begin your whole life again today… if you’d only come (Matthew 11:28).

The last few days have been especially trying as a series of painful moments have stoked the old familiar fires of grief, hopelessness, and despair. It might not sound super spiritual but there are deep moments of fear as I struggle to trust God. As the pain and despair flood my soul, I struggle to hold on to what I know is true.

The very real truth is that this world is desperately broken. The death, destruction, pain, and suffering are all hallmarks of mankind’s greatest enemy. Today don’t let this world steal the joy and hope we have in Jesus. This life is not the end of the story. God is in control, Jesus is risen, and one day all this will fade.

Today let us turn our eyes to the Author and Perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) as our hearts cry out: come soon Lord Jesus, come soon.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17‭-‬18 NIV

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