Topic: “I Will See You Again” [Sunday August 13, 2017]
Text: John 16:12-22
Key Verse: “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you” (John 16:22).
In 2009, a film titled Hachi: A Dog’s Tale was premiered. The film was based on the true story of a faithful dog called HachikM, born in Japan, in 1923. After the death of its owner, HidesaburM Ueno, in 1925, HachikM returned to the Shibuya train station the next day and every day after that for the next nine years. The dog eventually died in March 1935.
The dog waited for its owner for nine years. Why? Because he believed his owner was coming back. Our text today reaffirms the promise of the Lord Jesus to come back to the earth. He told His disciples with confidence that He would see them again. He had earlier explained some of the functions of the Holy Spirit in preparing them for the task ahead. He told them that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth, speak from Him and glorify Him.
From the passage, we understand that it is the Holy Spirit that illuminates and inspires us to believe the Truth (Christ). He also does not speak of His own authority but reveals to us what Christ reveals to Him. As children of God, we must believe everything the Bible teaches us as the revealed truth. We must also surrender ourselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all our endeavours in life.
This is the wise way to prepare for the coming of the Lord. He promised to come again and He will. The unusual faithfulness of a dog should wake up every slumbering soul. The consciousness of His coming should make us better in our relationships with people, careful in our conduct and prayerful in our outlook. His second coming is for the prepared few. Only the wise and watchful will rejoice on the day of His appearing.
Thought for the day: Believe it or not, Jesus is coming back soon!
Bible Reading in one Year: Jeremiah 25-27
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.