Friday, November 8, 2002

Luke 17:23-25

"And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, not follow them.
For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation."
Luke 17:23-25

This scripture is a couple of things... first a warning.  :)  We shouldn't be following anyone who says, oh, Christ came, and he is here or this other place... because at his second coming it won't be like that at all.  It will be like lightning, and everyone, everywhere, will know it.  The way I resolve this with the "thief in the night" scripture is that we probably won't be able to predict it, but we'll definitely know that it happened. :)  The other thing is that Christ had to suffer a lot of things and a lot of rejection before he achieved his glory, and so do we.  Christ's suffering had a purpose, and so does ours.  We have a lot to learn, and unlike Christ, a lot to unlearn in our lives.  Sometimes it won't be very fun learning some of the more difficult lessons, and unlearning some of the more ingrained habits... but it IS worth it, because just like Christ, after the hard parts (suffering, rejection) come the good parts (acceptance, joy...) and fortunately for us, it isn't all bad and then all good... we just get the bad sprinkled around so that we don't have to deal with it all at once.  So, let’s work on learning (and unlearning), so we can get past the bad parts as soon as possible. :)

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