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Our Blessed Hope

April 16, 2012

(Note: sorry it’s been so long since my last update.  In addition to being a husband, father and pastor, I’m also a full-time college student and this semester has been rather strenuous.  Only 4 more weeks until a much-needed summer break.)

We wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ… Titus 2:13 (NIV)

One of the leading scientific theories concerning the origins of man is that we originated among the heavens.  The theory goes that all the heavy elements (anything heavier than helium) could have only been produced in the core of burning hot stars.  The stars which cooked up the elements then went supernova, spewing the ingredients of life across the galaxy.  Famed astronomer Carl Sagan once said “we are star stuff”.  More arrogantly, Lawrence Krauss proclaimed “forget Jesus, the stars died so you can be here today”.

This isn’t a science blog and I’m not a scientist.  If I tried to argue physics and astronomy and biology I’d quickly get in waters over my head.  However, I can’t help but notice how science has come to the complete opposite conclusion as the Word of God.  Evolution teaches that our past was in the heavens, our present is on earth, and our future is in the dirt.  The Bible teaches our past was in the dust, our present is on earth, and our future in heaven.

In Genesis, God took a handful of dust, formed a body and breathed the breath of life, and then placed that man into the Garden of Eden.  It’s been suggested that creation mirrors salvation, and if that’s true then we can see a pattern set in the creation of man: God calls us out of the world, puts His life in us, and brings us to fellowship with Him (isn’t this what happens when we’re filled with the Holy Spirit?).  Now, what could inspire more hope, encouragement and contentment than knowing that one day He will again repeat this process?

“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  and so shall we be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage each other with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NIV)

My hope is not in this world, but it’s founded upon the certain return of my Savior.  He came and ransomed my soul and left us.  He now indwells those who’ve placed their faith in Him by repenting of their sins, been baptized in His name and willfully accepting Him (Acts 2:38).  And He will come again to catch away His church.   His return isn’t a source of fear and dread for me, but rather a welcomed blessing.  All my hope is resting upon the certainty of this advent.  Where is yours?

Be blessed.

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