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When there is distress of nations, in their perplexity, with "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up ymur heads; for your redemption draweth nigh" (Luke 2l:26,28).
This is a warning to the Christian against being cast into a spirit of anxious apprehensiveness, against being so occupied with the perilous state of affiars, that we become filled with forebodings and fear because of what is impending.
It is on the other hand, an encouragement to us to have our heart's affections set on Christ, to make His interests our own, to press on toward the mark of our high calling, realizing how near is the time of our redemption, with all that this will mean both for Him and for us.To look up means that our thoughts, our aspirations, and expectations are "where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God" (Colosianps 3:l). To lift up our heads is to be characterised by uprightness of walk and conduct before God; it also signifies to be triumphant in the power of Christ's victory over the evil one and the joyous realization of His complete authority and absolute controk over all the forces of evil, over all the anti-God uprisings in the world, over all the upheavels and confusion that arise from the increasing lawlessness that abounds on every hand.
There are many signs, physical, political, national and international, that we are nearing the end.The use of atomic energy, and all the fearful potentialities of the gamma rays and the cosmic rays, are in themselves indications of the possibilities of the shaking of the power of Heavens.
The unprecedented alarms of the nations in expectation of things that are coming on the earth, the national events that are beginning to fufill the predictions of the Scriptures as to the affiars of the peoples of the world, both Jew and Gentile, are sufficient to make a clear that events are rapidly moving towards the fufilment of what was foretold by the Lord concerning the time of the end.
We have a good reason therefore, to be encouraged and strengthened by His words of comfort and cheer, to enable us to walk worthily of His Name, and as those who are "more than conquerors through Him that loved us." (Romans 8:37).
Let us then give heed to His Word; let us "look up and lift up our heads; for our redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 2l:28).
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." (Isaiah 26:3).
"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." (Mattew 24:44).
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