Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Left From Here, Kept His Word - Returned  (Fred B)
Bible Study Verses
John 14:1-3
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (NKJV)
In the upper room, while eating the Last Passover Seder with His disciples, Jesus made a very special promise to them. His words were puzzling, since He spoke the same words that a Jewish man said to his fiancee, as part of their engagement. 

Right before leaving for his father's house for their time of waiting, the man promised to build her a bridal chamber, and then to return for her. Jesus made that same promise to them, and to us! 
(Fred B)

Action Point
My picture above, taken in February, shows the exact spot of General Douglas MacArthur's departure from the island of Corregidor, Philippines, on March 11th, 1942.
Similarities between MacArthur's and Jesus' departures: 
  • He made the same promise as Jesus - "I shall return." And he kept that promise on October 20, 1944
  • Jesus will keep His promise someday. 
Differences between the two:
  • The MacArthur returned to a different island (Leyte), and announced, "People of the Philippines, I have returned - I'm a little late, but we finally came!"
  • Jesus will return to the place of His departure (Mount of Olives), and "every eye shall see Him," Rev. 1:7. No announcement needed. And He will be exactly on time. May we say to Him, as our Ukrainian friends always said to us, "We await your return."
Sportsmen's Tip Of The Day
If your gobbler gets distracted from you and led away by a nearby flock of hens, don't get discouraged. Just hang tight. Let him finish his AM activities. After an hour or so, purr and cluck lightly. Big Tom may return, like General MacArthur did! He may announce his return, or not. If he is silent, listen closely for a spitting sound, and watch for a head! Rustle leaves with a small stick, and get ready!