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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
"The Triumph of the Lamb"
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” --Revelation 1:7
A tourist was exploring the sites of Lake Como in northern Italy and came to a beautiful castle called the Villa Asconiti. Feeling brave, he pushed open the gate and went inside. To his delight, everything was beautiful. F lowers were blooming in a rainbow of color. The shrubbery was luxuriously green and magnificently pruned to precision.
Over to the side, the man noticed a gardener on his hands and knees clipping nearly every blade of grass. The man asked, "May I look at the gardens?”
The gardener replied, "You're welcome to come right in. I'm glad to have a guest.”
The man began to tour the grounds and asked the gardener, "Is the owner here today?”
The gardener replied, "Oh, no. He's away."
“When was the last time you saw him?" he asked.
"Oh, about twelve years ago," said the gardener.
“Twelve years? This place has been empty for twelve years?" exclaimed the tourist.
“Yes," said the gardener.
The tourist asked, “Who tells you what to do?"
The gardener explained that the owner had an agent in Milan.
"Do you ever see him?" asked the tourist.
Still clipping, pruning, and trimming, the gardener answered, "Never. He just sends instructions."
The tourist couldn't believe his ears, "But you have everything so beautiful. It looks as if you're expecting him tomorrow."
The gardener replied, “Today, sir. I expect him to come at anytime–perhaps today.”
Every child of God ought to be living that way–not as if Jesus Christ’s return is far off in the future, but as if He were coming today. Someone has said, "We are to be living as though Jesus died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back this afternoon." At any moment, Jesus Christ is coming again. He is coming again in the flesh! Are you living like it? Let’s get “Back to the Basics”!
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”--II Timothy 4:8