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Sure As The Morning

Hosea expressed an unchanging fact when he said of Jehovah "His going forth is sure as the morning" (Hosea 6.3), for as the word goes out from God's mouth so surely fulfilment must ensue.

In the work of creation the divine word brought all things into being: God "spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast" (Psalm 33.9). Also in the work of restoration (Genesis 1.3), God said "Let there be light: and there was light". Yet it is not unusual for a divine statement to remain many centuries before fulfilment. The Lord said to Noah "I will destroy man whom I have created", but one hundred years elapsed before He fulfilled His solemn decree to destroy every living thing, save those that were in the Ark.

When men multiplied they soon proved ambitious to exclude God from their schemes, and the human project of Babel called forth divine judgement. God said "Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language" and as a result men were scattered abroad upon the face of all the earth.

When God delivered the children of Israel from Egypt He did so in accordance with His words to Abraham (Genesis 15.13-16). This promise was given some 200 years before Joseph was sold by his brethren. Despite the lapse of hundreds of years He performed His word to the letter as shown in Exodus 12.

In the garden of Eden, when God addressed the serpent He made reference to the Seed of the woman and said, "It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel." As time rolled on prophecy concerning this coming Deliverer increased. David wrote concerning the sufferings, majesty and kingdom of Him who is David's "Root and Offspring". Isaiah was humbled when he saw His glory and heard Jehovah's appeal "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? " (Isaiah 6.8).

Isaiah wrote of the One who was to be born of the virgin and would bear the name of "Immanuel" (God is with us). Seven centuries passed before He who is God actually came and "dwelt among us". This glorious advent was not expected by the world; even in Israel few were looking for His coming, as the prophets spoke of it, for the testimony of Scripture was no more regarded in that day than it is in our own day. But to those few who, possessing a knowledge of the times, looked for redemption in Israel, it was a tremendous joy to see God fulfilling His word. It was not by accident that the "fulness of the time" should find Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem, but according to divine purpose they were brought there that the scripture might be fulfilled:

"Bethlehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall One come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5.2).

On that night in the city of David was born a Saviour "which is Christ the Lord". In all God's dealings with men nothing could ever be compared with this unique and astounding event, that a Person of the eternal Godhead should take a body of blood and flesh and be made like unto men, yet be sinless. It was an act without parallel in all God's dealings with men.

The Lord Jesus was neither recognized by the world nor received by the nation of Israel. But to the few who received Him He was revealed as having come forth from God, and who was Himself God.

Before His atoning sufferings the Lord Jesus spoke the following words to His disciples:

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14.3).

Again the Lord's desire that His own should be with Him, is revealed in His prayer,

"Father, that which Thou hast given Me, I will that where I am, they also may be with Me" (John 17.24).

Forty days after His resurrection, the Lord Jesus was received up into heaven, leaving behind His disciples to whom the promise of His coming again was confirmed by the words of the angels, "This Jesus... shall so come in like manner as ye beheld Him going into heaven" (Acts 1.11).

Throughout the early churches of God this "blessed hope" was held as part of the doctrine set forth by the apostles. It was also a hope which greatly influenced the conduct of the saints who were exhorted so to live as to "have boldness, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming". Well may we ask ourselves, to what extent does this hope influence our lives today? Do we live waiting for the sound of the trumpet that will call us into His presence for ever? Beloved, as surely as morning succeeds the night, this divine promise will be fulfilled, for the Lord Jesus will come to take His own from this sinful scene. Unbelief may ignore God's promises but faith knows that there will not fail ought of any good thing which He hath promised. Indeed all will come to pass; for as Christ appeared once to bear "the sins of many" so shall He appear a second time.

Although many centuries have passed since this pledge was given, God's intention has not in any way been altered, and today the trend of world events, viewed in the light of prophetic Scripture, shows that the "coming of the Lord draweth nigh". Then will the hope of the believer be realized, and the Lord Jesus "shall see of the travail of His soul and shall be satisfied" (1saiah 53.11).