Today’s scripture: 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8
One of my favorite groups is Casting Crowns, and I love their rendition of Glorious Day. I remember singing the original hymn growing up, and the words
haven’t lost their impact.
In the original version, five stanzas take us from Jesus’ coming to earth as a
baby to His ascent up Calvary to His burial to His resurrection to His second
coming. The chorus sums it up:
He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
One day He's coming—O glorious day!
My favorite stanza is the final one:
One day the
trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!
I really can’t wait!
There’s a difference between the Casting Crown version and the original in this
final stanza. Casting Crown’s version says, “Wonderful day, my Beloved One
bringing …” I kind of like the original. One day, Jesus is going to bring all
those who followed Him together. My beloved ones will be there. My friends and
family who chose to follow Him. Yes, what a glorious day it will be!
But with all the anticipation of that glorious day, that day when we will
receive relief from our afflictions, we need to remember how critical it is to
share God’s truth with our friends and family who haven’t chosen Him yet.
Because on that same day, Jesus will “dealing out
retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the
gospel of our Lord Jesus.”
Those of us who know Him need to do all we can do to make that a glorious day