David Jeremiah (August-07-2022) Daily Devotional: Blessing and Glory
Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. - Titus 2:13
Recommended Reading: Revelation 19:11-16 - 11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
The Christian Church has various ways of celebrating Epiphany (“appearing”). Some branches assign Epiphany to the coming of the Magi to worship Jesus, marking His appearance to the Gentile world. Others designate Epiphany as marking the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, signifying the first public appearance of Jesus. Epiphany can also refer to the Christmas season that marks the appearance of Jesus to humanity.
Epiphany occurs in Greek six times: Once it refers to the birth of Christ—His first appearance—and the remainder of the uses refer to His Second Coming. Most descriptive of the verses referring to His Second Coming is Titus 2:13: “blessed hope and glorious appearing.” Christ’s Second Coming will be both a blessed and a glorious event. It will be blessed because it fulfills the “sure and steadfast” hope (Hebrews 6:19) we have in Christ. And it will be glorious because He will be revealed as “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16).
Are you looking for the “blessed hope and glorious appearing” of Christ? In Him will our longings and desires be fulfilled.
The only revelation from God which Christians still await is the revelation of Jesus Christ at His second coming. - Geoffrey B. Wilson