Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016: Looking Forward Hopefully

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 55  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of blind Christian singer, Gordon Mote, singing Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory… gloriously declaring the joy the hope we have in Christ … our Messiah … our Savior … our everlasting hope.

Highlight Passage:  Luke 2:25-26 [NKJV] …  
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
… The Holy Spirit resided in the hope of Simeon’s heart … to behold Messiah before he died. 
Highlight Context – Luke 2: 21-35 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Faithful Simeon was given the grand glimpse of glory by holding the baby Jesus in the Temple to fulfill God’s promise to him.

Reference Passage #1 - Revelation 22:20 [NKJV] …  
6 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” … Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 
… Oh yes, do so, come soon, King Jesus!!!

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David McCasland, writes of an unfinished painting by the Dutch Master, Rembrandt, which was found on his easel when he died (see attached photo). He wrote: When the great Dutch painter Rembrandt died unexpectedly at age 63, an unfinished painting was found on his easel. It focuses on Simeon’s emotion in holding the baby Jesus when He was brought to the temple in Jerusalem, 40 days after His birth. Yet the background and normal detail remain unfinished. Some art experts believe that Rembrandt knew the end of his life was near and—like Simeon—was ready to “be dismissed” (Luke 2:29). 

In meditating on the highlight passage today from Luke 2:21-35, one can only imagine the joy experienced by Simeon, a Godly Jew, who had been given a promise from God that he would not see death before beholding THE Messiah. And the glory Simeon must’ve felt when Mary laid the baby Jesus in his hands, there in the Temple where she and Joseph had brought him to be circumcised.

 I love the song, linked above, sung by one of my favorite Christian artists, Gordon Mote. I hope any reader here takes the time to use the link and hear Gordon singing of his desire to go through life with the hope of not missing the glory God has to show to us, which are, or will be, bare reflections of the same glory hoped for and experienced by Simeon … to be with and share place and time with Messiah.

 So, as we go through this day, perhaps God will show us a small experience or glimpse of His glory … maybe in the smile of a grandchild (oh, how I love those!!) … or the clean rain hitting our face as it rains here today … or a beautiful sunrise or sunset where you are … or … well, … don’t miss it when it happens! Because no matter what glimpse you get, it’s God showing us a sample of what our Messiah will show off when we’re with Him in glory.

 Oh, how I revel in the hope of Revelation 22:20 … Oh, yes, do so come soon, Lord Jesus!!!

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … Oh, the hope of being with You, Lord Jesus, one day!! … Amen  

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