The brain is a powerful organ that has astonished anyone who has ever sought to understand it’s capabilities. In an article published by Northwestern Medicine, the author reveals some interesting facts about the greatest computation and information processor ever designed. Sixty percent of the human brain is made of fat. Interesting, huh? The human brain isn’t fully developed until age 25. The storage capacity of the brain is considered unlimited. Brain information travels up to an impressive 268 miles per hour. It is a myth that you only use 10% of your brain. In all actuality, you use all of it, even when you are sleeping. This impressive organ weighs about three pounds, about as much as a half-gallon of milk. The brain can generate about 23 watts of power, which is enough to power a light bulb. All of these things are intriguing and fun to consider. But, what about the awesome reasoning power and “thinking” capacity of the brain?
God expects the human family to use the brain to think and reach rational conclusions. God has even given divine stipulations of what and how men should think. Paul penned, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). He also recorded, “Not to think above that which is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). Relative to what men should think, Paul wrote, “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” These are some of Gods instructions on how and what to think.
This writer had a thought as he drove to the office. He thought about a song that rings through our auditoriums from time to time, “There’s a Great Day Coming.” What a thought! There are many things that the human family makes preparations for. Appointments, special events and everyday mundane things require preparations. What about the greatest event to happen since the creation, incarnation, or crucifixion and resurrection? There is yet a momentous event to take place at some point in the history of this world that will affect every single accountable person dead or alive. The second coming of Jesus Christ. You have made it this far, so consider with this author for just a moment why “There’s a Great Day Coming.”
First, that day will be great because of the glorious appearing of our GREAT GOD. This event is the hope of every Christian! It is the drivetrain of the vessel propelling them through every torrent. It is the power to pull out of every valley and climb every hill. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). Here, Paul states that the second coming of Jesus is exactly what the child of God is waiting on and looking for! To the brethren in Phillippi, Paul said, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20 NASB). The “eagerly wait” is a looking for, an anticipation of a great day, a magnificent event in the which Jesus “will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of His power that He has even to subject all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:21 NASB). Jesus will appear with great power, and exert that power, and thus will reveal the Son of God, King of kings and Lord of lords. There’s a Great Day Coming!
Second, that day will be great because of the great separation. Jesus said, “When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:31-32). Jesus Christ knows who belongs to Him. He is well aware of those who have availed themselves of His awesome sacrifice and named His precious name. It is this knowledge which will allow Him to separate those that He “knows” from those He does not know (Matthew 7:22-23). This “great separation” will be joined with two great emotions or reactions. (1) Those who are found outside of Christ will experience great sadness. Jesus said, “And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30). This sadness is enveloped in great pain, but weeping for the opportunity lost, spurned or missed. (2) Those who are separated to Jesus will experience great joy. Jesus said of the approved, “his lord said into him, well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21). There are two basic choices in life relative to God and His Son. Right and wrong, good and evil, gladness or sadness, light or dark, broad or narrow, Jesus or Satan. This choice will be the navigational element that decides if you are placed on the left-hand side- or the right. But at any rate, the Bible explicitly paints for its readers this vast separation between the saved and the lost. “And beside this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence” (Luke 16:26).
Third, that day will be great because of the great salvation. The Hebrews writer draws attention to this subject when he states, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him” (Hebrews 2:3). Salvation is great because the perfect, spotless Lamb of God willingly died for the transgressions of humanity (John 1:29; Hebrews 7:26; Matthew 20:28; 1 John 2:1-2). Salvation is awesome in a sense that while those in Christ enjoy the forgiveness of sins now, and are saved now, they also await a time of ultimate salvation. The second coming of Jesus marks the greatest day fathomable, because of eternal life in its fullest sense. “For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). There is a sense in which the saved are saved now (Mark 16:16; Romans 6:18; 1 Petet 3:21), but there is also a permanent and ultimate sense of salvation on that great day. This leads the article to its final point.
The “great day to come” will be great because of the great delivery. “Then comes the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and authority and power” (1 Corinthians 15:24). Here, in this text, Paul says the second coming of Christ will be “the end”, and it will be a great delivery! This act will be the culmination of the totality of the scheme of redemption. Everything that God the Father had intended, and Christ has wrought will be complete at the delivering of the eternal kingdom to God. Just like another old hymn, “What A Day That Will Be.” On this day, death and the devil will be destroyed (1 Corinthians 15:25-26; Hebrews 2:14). Nothing sounds sweeter to the ears of all those who have been oppressed by the devil, than to know in finality: the righteous have been delivered and the wicked shall reap their wages.
All of this culminates in a great victory. Paul wrote, “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). It is through our faith and the finisher of our faith that we overcome this world and enjoy the victory God intends for His family to share. “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” and “this is the victory that overcomes the world; even our faith” (1 John 4:4; 5:4). There’s a great day coming! A day in which all will see Him (Revelation 1:7). There’s a great day coming in which the redeemed will be identified by Him and confessed by Him (Matthew 10:32). There’s a great day coming in which the “saved now” will be saved in the ultimate sense (Jude 1:20-21; 1 John 2:25). There’s a great day coming when the Kingdom will be delivered to the Father wherein the pure in heart will get to see God (Matthew 5:8).
Are you ready for that day to come?
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