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Here Comes the Son



Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Acts 1:11 KJV



It was the summer of 1969 and George Harrison decided to play truant from an Apple Studio business meeting. He spent the day in Eric Clapton’s garden and wrote one the best known and beloved Beatles songs of all time. Here comes the Sun, was written at a time when Harrison was becoming frustrated with the commerce side of the music industry. “Sign this and sign that”, he fumed. The spring had arrived after a long English winter, and the Beatle guitarist was enjoying the simplicity of nature. The song he penned reflected his desire to repose in the beauty of creation and at the same time block out the noisy distractions of humanity.

A walk through the woods is therapeutic and a day in the park is refreshing. I believe God gave us nature to draw our minds toward Him. However, what we just witnessed in the solar eclipse was, in my humble opinion, a bit over the top. Now, I understand fully this was an unusual occurrence, but still, folks treated it as if the Big Dipper was scoping up the Milky Way and dumping in a parking lot in Detroit. Flying across the country, driving hundreds of miles, and wearing those special glasses just to watch a big yellow ball in the sky get eclipsed by a speck of dust in space. I know I’m sounding like a killjoy but perhaps there is another event in the sky that we ought to be excited about.

When Jesus stood with His disciples on the Mount of the Ascension, a promise was made to them that echoes down the ages. As was He lifted up into the clouds, two angels stood by and promised that He would return in the same way. That event occurred 2000 years ago, and the promise of His return is presently ringing in our ears. We look to the skies for our redemption with such hope that we barely sense any tethering to this world. Unlike a momentary eclipse, that celestial event will be eternal. No special glasses will be needed, only the eyes of faith. The solar eclipse came and went, and we all went back to work. In contrast, nothing will be the same after His return, both for the saved and the pagan. It has been a long, long, lonely winter. Here comes the Son and I say it’s alright. Do do do do do do do do do do. Do come Lord Jesus!


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