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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood


His Coming

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels. (Mark 8:38, NIV)

The owner of a chain of Christian radio stations, in the months leading up to May 21, 2011, predicted that date as the one on which Jesus would rapture His church. He made his prediction despite Jesus’ clear statement in Matthew 24:36 that “no one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

The gullible who followed this radio station owner now know that his prediction was just another in a long line of false prophecies that have attempted to set the date for the Lord’s return.

Even the secular culture seems to sense that an end date is near. The popular movie 2012 (which I did not see) portrays the fulfillment of an ancient Mayan belief that the world would end in that year with titanic catastrophes.

Clearly, however, the Lord is going to return to earth! We have His own words as validation!

Mark’s Gospel has taken us through the gradual self-disclosure of Jesus as to His identity (8:27-29) and mission (8:31-32). Now, for the first time in Mark, Jesus discloses the glorious future. There will be a day in which He comes in His Father’s glory with all the holy angels!

Jesus’ promise contains four sub-themes.

1. There is going to be shame for those who were ashamed of Him and His words. Often you hear people say, “Well, Jesus was a great teacher,” and then they proceed to ignore what He said — for example, His stringent requirements on moral and ethical purity, care for the poor and the distressed, and confession of Him as the only means of salvation. These persons — including even leaders in churches that have forsaken core Christian beliefs — openly disagree with Jesus’ words, rejecting what He had to say about sinful behavior. To be ashamed of His words is to be ashamed of Him.

2. This is a sinful and adulterous generation. If that was true in Jesus’ day, how much more so now? A recent Academy Awards show included an actress five months pregnant without benefit of marriage, another actress who had evidently practiced using a four-letter expletive for her acceptance speech if she won, yet another actress thanking her lesbian partner, and a producer expressing gratitude to his homosexual lover.

We live in the midst of a culture rife with immorality, pornography and degenerate behavior. Paul’s description in Romans 1:18-32 fits exactly with what we see today on every hand.

3. Jesus affirms that He is coming again to this world in glory! Referring to His first coming, John says, “We have seen His glory” (John 1:14). How much greater will His glory be when He appears again, this time not as the suffering Savior, but as the Triumphant Lord!

4. He will come with the holy angels. Clearly Jesus teaches the existence of beings beyond what we know. Even as angels sang in the night sky over Bethlehem at His first coming, so they will return in strength of numbers with Him when He comes again!

What a day that will be!

A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, I don’t want to miss that day. I never want to be ashamed of You or Your words. I want to be close to You at all costs, both now and at Your coming!

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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