Waiting for the King. Looking to the Cross.

It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.” 1 Pe 1:12

The dread of waiting drives some of us to conspire to avoid traffic, lines, and crowds.  Most of us desire to grow in our patience, yet not many of us would be willing to wait to gain it.  The prophets of old desired to see the Messiah but they had to go to the place of waiting to behold the glory of His coming.  By God’s grace, He revealed to them as they searched the Scriptures diligently, they would not be the ones to welcome Christ, but a coming generation would be blessed to identify Him in His sufferings.  They selflessly served others by the enlightening of the Holy Spirit.  They point us to the cross.  “Ancient prophets, itinerant preachers, and exalted angels have for ages stood in service to this salvation that has been the joyful business of God’s servants over the centuries.” (David Helm)

The glory and wonder of the cross are found at the incomprehensible revelation that the God of the universe would have to suffer to make a once-for-all atonement that animal sacrifices could not cover.  Angles still long to behold the mystery of the gospel.  It baffled their minds to understand such a wonderfully great salvation to undeserving rebels like us.  It ought to captivate our minds too and lead us prostrate before the cross in humble adoration of crucified King.   “Knowing this, I hope you have a surge of spiritual fortitude to remain faithful wherever God has placed you.  Hearts were made to rise in worship.  And looking ahead, our minds are to be made ready for action.”  (David Helm)

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