How do we spell relief? It is J.E.S.U.S. It’s more than temporary, more than physical relief. It’s spiritual. It’s eternal. Jesus said “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) It was Jesus who spoke about a giving us the peace that this world cannot give. Jesus is the one who gave his life as the ransom for our sins, offering forgiveness and life. He is the shepherd who carries us in his loving arms. He is the one who holds us in his arms when our day of death comes or when judgment day comes. It was Jesus who told us to lift up our heads when he returns because our redemption is near. The Bible ends with these words from Jesus, “Yes, I am coming soon.” (Revelation 22:20a)
He brings more than relief, more than rest; he brings eternal life and eternal rest. This is hardly a passive cloud-sitting, harp-playing existence. On the day that Jesus returns we will join our fellow Christians and lift up our voices and shout for joy when we see Jesus face to face. “On that day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.” (2 Thessalonians 1:10)
We will praise him because of our joy that that our parents and our loved ones and husbands and wives and children who died in Jesus will not miss out on that great day when Jesus returns. They will be raised to life and see him come on clouds of glory. They will hear the sound of the trumpet. They will join us in this shout of joy that comes from God’s people and the excitement that we will share.
Oh, how Jesus will be glorified in the praises of his people when that day comes! The songs of praise we sing in our worship and all the prayers we pray together in Jesus’ name are a foretaste of the future glory that we will someday offer to Jesus when he returns. Revelation says of the people who are with Jesus when he returns, “And they cried with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:10)
Relief is spelled J.E.S.U.S. “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20b)
Grateful for grace,
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand