“On Your Mark” – Day 148
‘Hallelujah, What a Saviour!’ (Ch 16 Verses 9-20)
Still with the ascension (v19). Jesus prevails for us over Satan, that enemy of God and our adversary too, over all his wiles and tricks. His ascension means too that he is now Commander-in-Chief of his Church, that whatever we see in the Church around us today, despite all the discouragements and setbacks, Jesus says he will build his Church and Hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16.18). He told his disciples that it was good for them that he was going away, so it was because his going to the Father means the other Counsellor has been sent, the Holy Spirit (John 16.7), poured out on his Church. It is that given Comforter, the Holy Ghost who enables us to witness effectively. It is he who takes our prayers heavenward (Romans 8.26), who takes our words of witness and preaching and convinces people of the truth (John 16.7-11), the reality of what we are saying. We cannot convert a single sinner, that is the Holy Spirit’s work, and he does it through the Church’s witness. He has been given to help us with the warfare (Acts 1.8), to fight the good fight of faith (1Timothy 1.18; 6.12). It is he who helps and sustains us in the battle, and keeps us going when it gets tough. Perseverance is not down to us, no more than is any part of our salvation, it is all of grace.
It means too that Jesus is God’s appointed Judge (Acts 17.31), yes he is coming again in all his power and glory just like he said, and he is coming amongst other things to judge the world in righteousness (2Thessalonians 1.7- 10). It means he is there in heaven preparing a place for his own people (John 14.13). That is our all-conquering Saviour, Jesus Christ. Yes, he is still busy as I have shown you, there at the Father’s right hand, not idle by any means, praying for us, interceding on our behalf (Hebrews 7.25). What a Saviour! What a glorious salvation! And all there in his word for you to learn about, does it not thrill your soul, does it not make you want to delve into his word and get to know him better (1Peter 2.2-3; Philippians 3.10).
“How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he has said
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?”
Jesus spoke to his disciples before he left them Mark tells us. He taught them, he still does, that is so important. Are you learning?