Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
I was once driving with friends on vacation. They went away briefly, but did not return. I felt abandoned: they have forgotten me! They have left me alone! Total loneliness came over me there in a foreign land. (My friends came back a few hours later, something happened to them).
Sometimes I am afraid Jesus to leave me, when He will come to take His church. I am alone on the earth, He has forgotten me and left me! – So are my thoughts and feelings.
That is why I find Jesus so wonderful: He knows my feelings and fears and does not go over it. HE comes and says: It does not depend on you – if you recognize me or not, but on me! I myself will gather all my sheep and not one of them will be left to the enemy. No, no one can snatch you out of my hand, because your name is written in my hand. I will never leave you or forsake you. I am with you!
Just before harvest the weeds is the highest. But if I tear out the weeds growing next to the potatoes, I will pull out the potatoes and they turn green and uneatable. It is better if both can stand together until the harvest. So it is with the world: the strong and bad people are the most powerful hust before the coming of Jesus. The enemy rages and rages as much as he can. Only at the harvest he will be destroyed when Jesus returns and gathers His beloved children. If He had wanted to destroy evil before, no one would have remained. But He is with us in the difficult times as a father is particularly close to his children when they have difficulties.
Thank you, Jesus, you do not leave me to the fate or the enemy! The greater the difficulty, the closer you are to me. No one can tear me from your hand, and so I cling to You, for You are my Saviour and Friend! You never forget me.
Bible reading for today: John 8, 21 – 29