Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Orange Moon Wednesday, February 21, 2024 "Good News, From a Far Country"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Good News, From a Far Country"



      "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country" (Proverbs 25:25).

    As this day begins, the news is good from Mt. Calvary, the empty tomb, and the occupied Heavenly throne.  Reports continue to indicate that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, arose from the dead, and abides as our living and glorious Lord.  All other accounts, regardless of nature or measure, pale in comparison to this "good news from a far country."

   The Heavenly declaration provides the context of our existence.  Whatever may occur or not occur in our lives takes place in the light of Calvary, the empty tomb, and the occupied Throne.  So long as these truths remain true - as they will forever - born again believers in Christ can rest our hearts in remembrance that…

   "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea, though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof" (Psalm 46:1-3).

   News from nearby, as it were, may not offer such hope and assurance.  Thus, we open our Bibles, direct our hearts toward the Holy Spirit, fellowship with other believers, and seek to remember and affirm in all things that "Jesus Christ is Lord" (Philippians 2:11).  Indeed, reports that Haman builds a gallows for Mordecai assure us that our Lord yet again purposes to display His glory and power as Haman unwittingly constructs his own destruction (Esther 5:14; 7:10).  Yes, the news from nearby that parches the soul grants opportunity to hear and heed the "good news from a far country," whereby living waters quench the thirst of our spirits to blessed overflow.  "He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38).

   The cross abides as the most holy place of grace, whereupon the Lord Jesus died in sacrifice for our sins.  The tomb wherein He was laid remains lonely, bereft, and empty.  The Throne above finds our Savior still seated in victory and glory.  The Spirit of God and the Word of God continue to sound and resound that Jesus Christ is Lord.  The news is good as this day begins, the news from a far country that transcends whatever we may hear from nearby voices and venues.

Sometimes it seems that the enemy of our soul wins,

over and over again.

But if we could see the truth much more clearly, my friend,

we'd see Christ triumph over death, hell, and sin,

over and over and over again.

The tomb is empty, the throne above occupied,

Christ is risen again, from death glorified.

Oh remember when hot, stinging tears fill your eyes

the triumph He's shown so many times in our lives,

over and over and over again.

Forever draws nigh, we will with Him there soon, my friend,

the trials of this life will be gone when we're with Him in Heaven.

Glories we'll see, majesty without end,

that sing the glad truth, Christ is risen again,

0ver and over and over again.

"Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For He hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, which did put all things under Him. And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all."

(I Corinthians 15:24-28)

"In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

(Romans 8:37)

Weekly Memory Verse

     Trust in Him at all times, ye people, pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us.

(Psalm 62:8)


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