THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A man is standing on the side of a wharf, with his feet completely
encompassed by a large block of concrete.
A big burly man is standing beside him, about to push him into the ocean.
A man walks by, who happens to be a psychiatrist.
The fella with the concrete yells, "HELP!! I'm in danger!!"
The psychiatrist pulls out a notepad and pencil and asks,
"And how does that make you feel?"
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up,
and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Light from the Word.
Immediately preceding this verse (Verses 8-19), Jesus foretells events
of the future (from 30AD) that will be frightful:
Deceivers calling themselves Christ,
Earthquakes, famines, diseases,
Betrayal by close kin and friends,
Christians hated by all men,
Jews fighting for their lives,
Sights of the heavens that are fearful,
And, men literally dying from FEAR!
But notice that Jesus didn't ask, "How does that make you FEEL?"
No. He said, "LOOK UP!!"
In all things, concerning all circumstances, let us not forget to LOOK UP!
Instead of being "cast down," let us look toward Christ with sure hope.
Instead of groping in the darkness of fear, let us look toward the "Light"
Who gives us joy.
It's not how you FEEL that's important.
It's what you DO that's important.
And Christ tells us exactly what to DO -- "LOOK UP!"
Today -- "LOOK UP" in faith!
Tomorrow -- "LOOK UP" in faith!
CONTINUALLY -- "LOOK UP" in faith!