Word of the Month

Living in the light of the coming day

March 2007

When night nears its end, there is no holding back the new day. And before you know it, the day has dawned. It is with this image that Apostle Paul describes the imminent return of the Lord in his epistle to the Romans: “The night is far spent, the day is at hand” (Romans 13: 12). I am convinced that when we reach the goal, we will be surprised at how quickly the day of the Lord actually arrived.

“The day is at hand!” Let us take these words to heart and let us align our lives accordingly. May it be our motto to “live in the light of the coming day!”

I am reminded of the people of Israel as they made their way toward the Promised Land. We can imagine that the longing of those who hoped in the fulfilment of the promise and adjusted themselves accordingly would have grown more and more intense the closer they came to Canaan. They could hardly wait for the day when they would enter the land. In a certain sense they too lived “in the light of the coming day”—the day when they would enter the Promised Land.

Did Jesus not also live in the light of the coming day? The closer He came to Gethsemane and Golgotha, the more He concentrated on His “goal”, namely Easter, when He knew His Father would glorify Him. When He gathered with His disciples one last time before His capture, He already knew that the hour in which His heavenly Father would glorify Him in the resurrection was near at hand. And He did not look to the right or to the left. He simply went upon His way. Already on Good Friday He lived in the light of the coming day. I am certain that the thought: “The day—the resurrection—is near” gave Him the strength to bring His great sacrifice.

We too are to live in the light of the coming day, namely the day of the Lord’s return. We may not know when this day will come, but we do know that it is near at hand. Those who wait for the fulfilment of this promise and align themselves accordingly will already see the light of the coming day shining today. Do we not feel the goal coming closer and closer? Let us therefore live accordingly! Let us concentrate on the goal! In other words, let us live in the light of the coming day. After all, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand!” Let us simply believe this and let us do everything necessary to become worthy for this great and glorious day.

(From a divine service by the Chief Apostle)

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