MERRY MONDAY- BY PARRIS BAILEY
“O what a blessed day that will be when I shall stand on the shore and look back on the raging seas I have safely passed; when I shall review my pains and sorrows, my fears and tears, and possess the glory which was the end of all!”
Wow! There is in a Christian a desire to depart and be with Christ or at least there should be. To look into His beautiful face once and for all. The earth in all its beauty and the animals with all their particular ways and colors speak of a place of beauty and harmony. Only an amazing God could have created all of this. Yes, to depart and be with Christ is so much better than anything we can ask or think. I pray we can redeem the small measure of time that we each have been given and use it for His glory.
Jonathan Edwards never did stop speaking of heaven, lets listen to what he has to say. “And in heaven, the spirits of just men made perfect do see him as he is. They behold his glory. They see the glory of his divine nature, consisting in all the glory of the Godhead, the beauty of all his perfections; his great majesty, almighty power, his infinite wisdom, holiness, and grace, and they see the beauty of his glorified human nature, and the glory which the Father hath given him, as God-man and Mediator. For this end, Christ desired that his saints might “be with him, that they might behold his glory,” John xvii. 24. And when the souls of the saints leave their bodies, to go to be with Christ, they behold the marvelous glory of that great work of his, the work of redemption, and of the glorious way of salvation by him; desire to look into. They have a most clear view of the unfathomable depths of the manifold wisdom and knowledge of God; and the most bright displays of the infinite purity and holiness of God, that do appear in that way and work; and see in a much clearer manner than the saints do here, what is the breadth and length, and depth and height of the grace and love of Christ, appearing in his redemption. And as they see the unspeakable riches and glory of the attribute of God’s grace, so they most clearly behold and understand Christ’s eternal and unmeasurable dying love to them in particular. And in short, they see every thing in Christ that tends to kindle and inflame love, and every thing that tends to gratify love, and every thing that tends to satisfy them: and that in the most clear and glorious manner, without any darkness or delusion, without any impediment or interruption.”
I pray this beautiful Monday, you too can step out of the traffic jam of life, take a good drink of redemption and see something more than just this earth!