ADVENT: Day Sixteen – December 16, 2013

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Read all of Isaiah 35:  “[3]Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.  [4]Say to those with anxious heart, take courage, fear not.  Behold, your GOD will come with vengeance; the recompense of GOD will come, but He will save you.”
Isaiah is painting an incredible picture of the coming day of salvation.  GOD will come giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, the lame will walk, and the mute will speak.  JESUS fulfilled this prophecy as He healed the blind, the deaf, the lame and the mute.  But another Advent is coming when MESSIAH returns and brings eternal healing.  There will be no more sorrow, no more tears.  We experience incredible JOY at JESUS’ first coming as He has brought literal healing, but even more importantly, He has brought spiritual healing.  Most will not see the truth in that statement.  It seems to most, literal, physical healing here and now is more thrilling that JESUS’ eternal healing of our soul.  That is unfortunate.  One day there will be only gladness and JOY unspeakable for ever more.
I picked this one up in Kenya in 1999
JESUS’ coming on Christmas Day is good news for a broken and hurting world.  It is good news for my brokenness, pain, and suffering.  I rejoice in JESUS’ healing of my soul here and now!  Yet, I eagerly await His second advent, when there will be no more tears and no more sorrow.  As I remember His first arrival on Christmas Day, I truly long for His second . . . “washed and waiting” . . . “living between the Edens!”
Greatly anticipating JESUS coming . . . on Christmas Day . . . and soon forever!


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