The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Good News From a Far Country"
As this day begins, "good news from a far country" greets born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (Proverbs 25:25).
"God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11).
Regardless of earthly events, the Heavenly exaltation of the risen Lord Jesus serves as the greatest of all truths, and most influential of all realities. This does not minimize the challenges we face in our present lives. "We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). It does, however, put all things into their proper focus and perspective. The Savior has overcome our greatest enemy, death, and has overshadowed us by His risen life. More literally, He has indwelt us with Himself, raising us from spiritual death, and promising to lead and empower us in all things. "God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts… I will dwell in them and walk in them… In the world ye shall have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world" (Galatians 4:6; II Corinthians 6:16; John 16:33).
Our Lord's resurrection and exaltation serves as far more than an historical event. As we trust and submit to Him, His risen life imparts grace for the living of life, and the facing of every challenge. We do well to apply the truth of this good news to this day. Much difficulty, in many ways, may await us as we traverse the challenging paths of a fallen world. Nothing, however, begins to compare with the reality of our risen Lord's victory over death, and the Apostle Paul's assurance of how near and pertinent such glory is to whatever we may face: "in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us" (Romans 8:37). As we trust and submit to our Lord, we will find His "good news from a far country" bears witness to the promise of hope that a more than near Savior will be everything we need Him to be, and much, much more. Yes, the tomb is empty. The throne above is occupied. And Jesus Christ is Lord. The news is good as this day begins, and will be better by far in our eternity to come.
"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of His knowledge by us in every place."
(II Corinthians 2:14)
Weekly Memory Verse
He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.