Category: Rapture

Waiting For A Kingdom

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

A good man…who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. Luke 23:50, 51

Some of us are looking for a better day. We are waiting for that time when God’s kingdom shall come, when His will shall be done on earth as in heaven. We seek a country. We are strangers and pilgrims on this earth. We are not at home here. Our citizenship is in heaven.

I know it looks to some as though the Kingdom were nowhere near. It must have been a dark day for Joseph of Arimathea when he laid away the body of Jesus. It looked like the devil had everything going his way. But far from it! Redemption’s work had been finished, and the resurrection was only a few hours away!

Throughout this wretched world, more hearts are waiting for the Kingdom than we imagine. All other kingdoms are coming to an end. More than one patient Joseph of Arimathea is humbly carrying on. Lift up your heads, all ye who desire a better country. When things look darkest to the world, they look brightest to the Christian. Our King is coming back!

What better thing could be said of any mortal than this: “A good man…who also himself waited for the kingdom of God”?

by Vance Havner

Watch!

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Could ye not watch with me one hour?—Matthew 26:40

A young woman whose parents had died while she was an infant had been cared for by a friend of the family. Before she was old enough to know him he went to Europe. Through all his years of absence he wrote regularly to her and never failed to send her money for all her wants.

Finally word came that during a certain week he would return and visit her. He did not fix the day or the hour. During that week the young woman received several invitations to take pleasant trips with her friends. one of these sounded so exciting that she could not resist accepting it. But during her trip her benefactor came, inquired as to her absence and left. Returning she found a note:

“My life,” the note said, “has been a struggle for you; might you not have waited one week for me?” More she never heard, and her life of plenty became one of want.

Jesus has not fixed the day or hour of His return but He has said, Watch. Should He come today, would He find us absorbed in thoughtless dissipation? May we be found each day in the expectant attitude of those watching for a loved one.

by A.B. Simpson