Sunday, May 5, 2013


Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

     From Psalm 19:1 we learn that “The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament showeth His handiwork.”

    The stars in the night sky change with each season, and the constellations we see in winter move to new locations in our summer sky. The entire star system is referred to in scripture as “the mazzaroth” in Job 38:31-33. As the stars arc through the sky, we see some of God’s glory and intricate planning.

    A clear star-lit night can get us to think of God’s vastness and millions of stars are blotted out by the next day’s bright sun. They are still in place, only to be revealed again with each sun set. When we look among us, we can see people who are bright and star-like, and others who are not so. When God’s Son returns, it will be the brightness of His coming that will blind us to everything, but Him. His glory will obliterate even the beauty of His creation here on Earth.

    We think of a day as being followed by night, but God states in Genesis 1:5 that “the evening and the day were the first day.” As you think about this difference in thinking, you will find one of God’s truths: periods of darkness give way to light, and there is found hope in Jesus’ first advent, and in His coming again. As the sun brightens our dark horizons, the Son can brighten the darkened minds of men, if they would just open the blinds.

    This week, we mark Ascension Thursday, 40 days after Resurrection Day. After His crucifixion and glorious resurrection, Jesus continued to teach and reveal more of Himself and the Father to His Disciples. And upon ascending into heaven, His promise was to send the Holy Spirit to be with us until He comes again. It is His Spirit that comforts and remains in us as an advocate while we await His  glorious return.

Acts 1:9
“And when (Jesus) had spoken these things while they beheld,
He was   taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”

Acts 1:11
“This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven,
shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go
into heaven.”

John 14:3
“…I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that
where I am, there you may be also.”

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