Advent II – Day 5 (Clouds)

Transfixing, that is one word for them. Those intriguing structures in the sky, drawing our attention heavenward the clouds can bring inspiration, delight, and even awe as we see nature at its most awesome. And of course, with a little rain and sunshine, the clouds become the backdrop for the promise rainbows, where we remember the Lord’s mercy, and that He is a promise making God. Looking again though, they speak even deeper to the very core of our being. For our Creator, and the One through which all creation comes, leave an imprint of His words upon us in our creation. Promises of His return in the clouds, and of cities in heaven, even new ones, descending from on high, are built in to who we are. So, with wonder and awe we gaze at the structures in heaven, knowing they are a shadow of the coming hope. With irony this coming will bring great joy and fear, for the Bible promises all will see the coming of Jesus Christ (not hidden in a stable), and yet while many will rejoice, sadly many others will run to the caves. As our Lord returns wrapping Himself in clouds, radiating with pure glory, causing light to flash from east to west, brighter than the sun, where will we be standing…along side Him as His Bride, kneeling before Him as His servants, or hiding in a cave preferring darkness over life?

Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78,79)

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30)

Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. (Acts 1:6-12)

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