*for the first time, I am posting a story before it is told, b/c I feel the lesson is too important to skip. My hope is that at least someone will find it to be able to use in their ministry sometime this weekend.
"..every eye shall see Him..." Revelation 1:7 (KJV)Visual Aide:
photo(s) of Pres. Obama's inaugurationStory:
Hey, kids - guess what? The United States got a new president this week. Did you see it?
Oh sure, I'm sure you saw the pictures. Millions of people went to see this historic event. We are blessed to have been born and to live in the United States, because not many countries get to experience the peace and relative quiet of one president leaving and another coming in. Millions of people around the world have died because two or more men or women wanted to run their countries.
And, yes, it is a really big deal that President Obama has black skin. Jesus made each of us unique and special, and with Him, we can do anything, and be anything, but never before as the United States has someone who had dark skin in charge of the country.
It was like the biggest party in the world. Millions of people who couldn't be in Washington watched on their TVs, or their computers, or they threw parties at their houses, just like they would for baseball games or soccer matches. People who live in England and Canada and France, and Germany, and even Iraq, and Australia - really, all over the world - people watched. I know of a few people that I talk to that live on the other side of the world - they didn't even go to sleep because the party happened when they were supposed to be sleeping during the night! So many people have carried on about this one event that no one's every seen anything like it before. It almost felt like people wanted to worship him!
Are you sure it happened? You weren't there to see it, where you? So are you sure
Some people are carrying on about our new president. They seem to think he's going to fix all their problems. What do you think?
Here's what I think. Even while people all over the world were excited and having a party because Mr. Obama is now our president, there were still millions of other people who heard about it, but didn't see it. They weren't there in Washington, they didn't see pictures, they didn't watch it on TV or their computers. Does this mean that Mr. Obama isn't the president? No, its just that they didn't see it happen. Maybe they don't care.
The inauguration is a really big deal, and it is important. But watching festivities this week made me think about Jesus. When He comes back, everyone
will be talking about. There won't be anyone missing. When Jesus comes back, every single person
in the world will see it happen. There won't be anyone sleeping through this event, and no one will need to turn on a TV to see it. Jesus has left us plenty of advice and instruction about what will happen before and when He comes, but I wanted to share this one verse with you. (Read verse)
There will come a day, someday soon, when someone will run up to you and say "did you hear? Jesus is hanging out over there!" Don't believe it! No one will have to tell you what's going on; its going to be the noisiest and happiest and greatest event the world will ever experience.
Don't miss it!