That which draws the risen Saviour into our midst

“‭And‭ as they‭ thus‭ spake‭‭, Jesus‭ himself‭ stood‭‭ in‭ the midst‭ of them‭, and‭ saith‭‭ unto them‭, Peace‭ ‭be‭ unto you‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 24:36.

Yesterday morning, in the morning meeting of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church, Rev Paul Hanna preached a very profitable and stirring message from the verse 6 of Luke 24. “‭He is‭‭ not‭ here‭, but‭ is risen‭‭: remember‭‭ how‭ he spake‭‭ unto you‭ when he was‭‭ yet‭ in‭ Galilee‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ I would commend the message to all. The service may be watched at here. I trust you will view the message.

While Rev Hanna read from Luke 24, my eyes were drawn to verse 36, which heads this article. The words are familiar to me yet they came with freshness to my soul and I determined that after the meeting I would look more closely at them.

I particularly noticed the opening words of the verse. “‭And‭ as they‭ thus‭ spake‭‭, Jesus‭ himself‭ stood‭‭ in‭ the midst‭ of them‬‬‬‬‬‬”. ‬‬‬‬As I contemplated this statement it occurred to me that here we have: ‬‬


The giving witness to His resurrection drew the Saviour into the midst of the little gathering.

1. The smallness of the gathering of disciples does not deter the Saviour coming amongst His people. There were only “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭eleven‭ gathered together‭‭, and‭ them that were with‭ them‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verse 33, when they were joined by the two who had seen the Saviour. Many throughout the world can empathise with such numbers!

This is a comfort to us in Kilskeery and to many, many like gatherings across the world in these evil times when the cause of Christ is despised and ridiculed as it has not been in living memory.

Smallness is always a cause of concern for the believer who wishes ever that more of their neighbours and friends, indeed enemies, would come in under the sounds of the Word of God. However that distresses the Christian, it is clear from the text that it does not in the least deter the Saviour from coming amongst such a small gathering.

2. Our text makes clear that the subject they were speaking of was what drew the Saviour. “The heart of the declaration was, “The Lord‭ is risen‭‭ indeed‬‬‬,’ verse 35. I believe that I can state with great certainty that nothing pleases the Lord Jesus more than when His people are declaring the truth of His resurrection. It is a central truth and is the essence of the gospel message. If this be UNTRUE then his birth, life and crucifixion are meaningless. They are of no consequence or benefit or profit to this world. As Paul puts it in 1 Corinthians 15:14: “‭And‭ if‭ Christ‭ be‭‭ not‭ risen‭‭, then‭ ‭is‭ our‭ preaching‭ vain‭, and‭ your‭ faith‭ ‭is‭ also‭ vain‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

How precious to the Saviour is that company which believes He gained the victory over Satan, sin and death at the cross and rose again the third day from the dead! He wishes to be amongst such a company!

3. Please note the position He took up. He “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭stood‭‭ in‭ the midst‭ of them‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬.” That means that He stood in the middle, equally near to each disciple. How precious is that fact! Preachers are often concerned that all present hear and understand God’s Word as it is preached and each one receives a blessing. We need not fear over this. The Saviour will draw near to all gathered to worship Him in “spirit and in truth.”


‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭He said: “Peace‭ ‭be‭ unto you‬‬‬”. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I dare say that the greatest need they had at that time was a quieting of the storm of fear and doubt that raged in their hearts and minds. Such peace is what the gospel brings to those who welcome and receive it. It was that which the angels celebrated at the birth of Christ. “And‭ suddenly‭ there was‭‭ with‭ the angel‭ a multitude‭ of the heavenly‭ host‭ praising‭‭ God‭, and‭ saying‭‭,‭ ‭Glory‭ to God‭ in‭ the highest‭, and‭ on‭ earth‭ peace‭, good will‭ toward‭ men‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 2:13-14. Peace of heart and mind, a desire for the enjoyment of peace by those around us, above all. peace with God — this is ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬the c‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ore blessing of the gospel.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

1. Such peace comes to us from Christ. I despair as I daily read of the tomfoolery that people engage in that they might find a quietness of mind and spirit! Fortunes are made by those who peddle what are nothing more than quack and fraudulent concoctions and delusional hocus pocus‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭,‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ which ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭it ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬is claimed will bring peace to the mind!‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ It is clear that none of these antics work and it is for this reason alcohol and drugs are the chief resort of a troubled and distraught world!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

But‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭, God says:‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ “‭There is‭ no peace‭, saith‭‭ the LORD‭, unto the wicked‭,‭”‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Isaiah 48:22. Try as men may to disprove this, they have and will forever fail. Peace is found ONLY in Christ.

2. It is conveyed to us by His Word. He “saith unto them.” The channel through which God conveys peace to ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭distressed and tormented mankind is His Word! “‬‬‬‬‬‬How‭ beautiful‭ are the feet of them‭ that preach the gospel‭‭ of peace‭, and bring glad tidings‭‭ of good things‭!‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Romans 10:15. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The names that the prophet Isaiah said belonged to the Saviour is given us in that glorious verse, so well known yet very rarely understood! “For unto us a child‭ is born‭‭, unto us a son‭ is given‭‭: and the government‭ shall be upon his shoulder‭: and his name‭ shall be called‭‭ Wonderful‭, Counsellor‭‭, The mighty‭ God‭, The everlasting‭ Father‭, The Prince‭ of Peace‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Isaiah 9:6. Only those under His rule and members of His dominion can enjoy that peace which comes to those who believe the gospel. “‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Peace‭ I leave‭‭ with you‭, my‭ peace‭ I give‭‭ unto you‭: not‭ as‭ the world‭ giveth‭‭, give‭‭ I‭ unto you‭. Let‭‭ not‭ your‭ heart‭ be troubled‭‭, neither‭ let it be afraid‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭John 14:27. The peace of Christ, bestowed upon those who embrace the gospel, has ever been the source of comfort and assurance for God’s people ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬throughout the times of distress.

3. It is especially bestowed in a gathering of His people. That must not be overlooked. The words I just quoted from Luke 14:27 were spoken in that little gathering His disciples at the last supper. That gathering broke up as we are told in John 18:1. “‭When Jesus‭ had spoken‭‭ these words‭, he went forth‭‭ with‭ his‭ disciples‭ over‭ the brook‭ Cedron‭, where‭ was‭‭ a garden‭, into‭ the which‭ he‭ entered‭‭, and‭ his‭ disciples‭.” ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

There are exceptions to this rule, as I myself experienced for I was not converted in any gospel meeting but in the company of only one person and yet, I did not enter into the full peace of heart and mind that assurance of salvation brings until one week later I attended a meeting in a Free Presbyterian Church for the first time and listened to Dr Ian Paisley preach and explain the gospel. It was in that gathering I found the full peace of God’s salvation.

May men and women, who seek the ‘still waters’ by yielding to the guidance charlatans and tricksters, be led instead to where the truth of God is faithfully preached and those ‘waters’ flow.


The disciples‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ would never forget that day!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

1. In a most practical way the Lord gave proof of His resurrection. “Behold‭‭ my‭ hands‭ and‭ my‭ feet‭, that‭ it is‭‭ I‭ myself‭: handle‭‭ me‭, and‭ see‭‭; for‭ a spirit‭ hath‭‭ not‭ flesh‭ and‭ bones‭, as‭ ye see‭‭ me‭ have‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ when he had thus‭ spoken‭‭, he shewed‭‭ them‭ ‭his‭ hands‭ and‭ ‭his‭ feet‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verses 39-40.‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ That cannot be our experience but we can obtain the same measure of assurance by believing the record of these witnesses. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

We enjoy peace of mind about many things that we entrust our lives to on the basis of the ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭public testimony of others. Few of us understand how it is that a full‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬y loaded airplane, some weighing as much as 450 tons, can fly through the air and yet billions of individuals have taken the word of test pilots and manufacturers that their aircraft is safe! There have been many, many tragic crashes resulting in the death of thousands but still very ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭few ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬doubt the science behind powered flight!

There has never been ANYONE who has proved that the gospel of Christ is flawed and doomed to crash and fail.

Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853), one of the principal founders of the Harvard Law School, originally set out to DISPROVE the biblical testimony concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was certain that a careful examination of the internal witness of the Gospels would dispel all the myths at the heart of Christianity. But this legal scholar came to the conclusion that the witnesses were reliable, and that the resurrection did in fact happen!

There have been many like Simon Greenleaf who have come to examine the resurrection of Christ with a view to exposing it as fraudulent only to go away disciples and believers.

2. Christ gave that little gathering further evidence of His resurrection in another practical fashion. “And‭ they gave‭‭ him‭ a piece‭ of a broiled‭ fish‭, and‭ of‭ an honeycomb‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ he took‭‭ ‭it‭, and did eat‭‭ before‭ them‭,‭”‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verses 42-43. As they had so often done before, they enjoyed a time of fellowship around a meal. In so doing He reminded them that He had told them of these events before His crucifixion. “‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬And‭ he said‭‭ unto them‭, These‭ ‭are‭ the words‭ which‭ I spake‭‭ unto‭ you‭, while‭‭ I was yet‭ with‭ you‭, that‭ all things‭ must‭‭ be fulfilled‭‭, which‭ were written‭‭ in‭ the law‭ of Moses‭, and‭ ‭in‭ the prophets‭, and‭ ‭in‭ the psalms‭, concerning‭ me‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭verse 44.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Self-inflicted Pain

What pain we inflict upon ourselves by NOT BELIEVING the word of God! The distresses that they passed through at the time of the crucifixion and its aftermath would have been avoided had they only believed the Saviour on those occasions when he spoke to them plainly of what lay ahead for Him. The angels at the empty tomb had reminded them of His teaching of them about the cross. “He is‭‭ not‭ here‭, but‭ is risen‭‭: remember‭‭ how‭ he spake‭‭ unto you‭ when he was‭‭ yet‭ in‭ Galilee‭,‭ ‭Saying‭‭,‭ The Son‭ of man‭ must‭‭ be delivered‭‭ into‭ the hands‭ of sinful‭ men‭, and‭ be crucified‭‭, and‭ the third‭ day‭ rise again‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Luke 24:6-7.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

On one occasion, during a time of prayer with His disciples, the Lord Jesus said unto Peter: “But‭ whom‭ say‭‭ ye‭ that I‭ am‭‭?‭ Peter‭ answering‭‭ said‭‭, The Christ‭ of God‭.‭ ‭And‭ he straitly charged‭‭ them‭, and commanded‭‭ ‭them‭ to tell‭‭ no man‭ that thing‭;‭ ‭Saying‭‭,‭ The Son‭ of man‭ must‭‭ suffer‭‭ many things‭, and‭ be rejected‭‭ of‭ the elders‭ and‭ chief priests‭ and‭ scribes‭, and‭ be slain‭‭, and‭ be raised‭‭ the third‭ day‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 9:20-22.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Repeat of this sad experience

The pain caused by unbelief will again come upon the people of God through their not embracing what the Saviour has said regarding the last days! The spirit of rejection of Christ at Calvary will be seen again to an even greater measure at the approaching close of this age. Calvary was a ‘localised’ event, taking place without any immediate knowledge of it beyond the borders of Israel. But a time is fast approaching when THE WORLD will manifest the spirit that gave rise to the cry of the Jews in Jerusalem, when they: “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Cried out‭‭ the more exceedingly‭, Crucify‭‭ him‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Mark 15:14.

That day is pictured for us in Revelation chapter 13.

“‭And‭ I stood‭‭ upon‭ the sand‭ of the sea‭, and‭ saw‭‭ a beast‭ rise up‭‭ out of‭ the sea‭, having‭‭ seven‭ heads‭ and‭ ten‭ horns‭, and‭ upon‭ his‭ horns‭ ten‭ crowns‭, and‭ upon‭ his‭ heads‭ the name‭ of blasphemy‭.‭ ‭And‭ the beast‭ which‭ I saw‭‭ was‭‭ like‭ unto a leopard‭, and‭ his‭ feet‭ were as‭ ‭the feet‭ of a bear‭, and‭ his‭ mouth‭ as‭ the mouth‭ of a lion‭: and‭ the dragon‭ gave‭‭ him‭ his‭ power‭, and‭ his‭ seat‭, and‭ great‭ authority‭.‭ ‭And‭ I saw‭‭ one‭ of his‭ heads‭ as it were‭ wounded‭‭ to‭ death‭; and‭ his‭ deadly‭ wound‭ was healed‭‭: and‭ all‭ the world‭ wondered‭‭‭‭‭ after‭‭ the beast‭.‭ ‭And‭ they worshipped‭‭ the dragon‭ which‭ gave‭‭ power‭ unto the beast‭: and‭ they worshipped‭‭ the beast‭, saying‭‭, Who‭ ‭is‭ like‭ unto the beast‭? who‭ is able‭‭ to make war‭‭ with‭ him‭?‭ ‭And‭ there was given‭‭ unto him‭ a mouth‭ speaking‭‭ great things‭ and‭ blasphemies‭; and‭ power‭ was given‭‭ unto him‭ to continue‭‭ forty‭ ‭and‭ two‭ months‭.‭ ‭And‭ he opened‭‭ his‭ mouth‭ in‭ blasphemy‭ against‭ God‭, to blaspheme‭‭ his‭ name‭, and‭ his‭ tabernacle‭, and‭ them that dwell‭‭ in‭ heaven‭.‭ ‭And‭ it was given‭‭ unto him‭ to make‭‭ war‭ with‭ the saints‭, and‭ to overcome‭‭ them‭: and‭ power‭ was given‭‭ him‭ over‭ all‭ kindreds‭, and‭ tongues‭, and‭ nations‭.‭ ‭And‭ all‭ that dwell‭‭ upon‭ the earth‭ shall worship‭‭ him‭, whose‭ names‭ are‭‭ not‭ written‭‭ in‭ the book‭ of life‭ of the Lamb‭ slain‭‭ from‭ the foundation‭ of the world‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 13:1-8.

These things are revealed in God’s Word for our learning and comfort that we might not be taken unawares by horrific events, as were the disciples at the cross! So said Paul under divine inspiration. “‭For‭ whatsoever things‭ were written aforetime‭‭ were written‭‭ for‭ our‭ learning‭, that‭ we‭‭ through‭ patience‭ and‭ comfort‭ of the scriptures‭ might have‭‭ hope‭,” ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Romans 15:4.

Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, “‭But‭ of‭ the times‭ and‭ the seasons‭, brethren‭, ye have‭‭ no‭ need‭ that I write‭‭ unto you‭.‭ ‭For‭ yourselves‭ know‭‭ perfectly‭ that‭ the day‭ of the Lord‭ so‭ cometh‭‭ as‭ a thief‭ in‭ the night‭.‭ ‭For‭ when‭ they shall say‭‭, Peace‭ and‭ safety‭; then‭ sudden‭ destruction‭ cometh upon‭‭ them‭, as‭ travail‭ upon‭ a woman with child‭‭‭; and‭ they shall‭‭ not‭ escape‭‭.‭ ‭But‭ ye‭, brethren‭, are‭‭ not‭ in‭ darkness‭, that‭ that day‭ should overtake‭‭ you‭ as‭ a thief‭.‭ ‭Ye‭ are‭‭ all‭ the children‭ of light‭, and‭ the children‭ of the day‭: we are‭‭ not‭ of the night‭, nor‭ of darkness‭.‭ ‭Therefore‭‭ let us‭‭ not‭ sleep‭‭, as‭‭ ‭do‭ others‭; but‭ let us watch‭‭ and‭ be sober‭‭.‭ ‭For‭ they that sleep‭‭ sleep‭‭ in the night‭; and‭ they that be drunken‭‭ are drunken‭‭ in the night‭.‭ ‭But‭ let‭‭ us‭, who are‭‭ of the day‭, be sober‭‭, putting on‭‭ the breastplate‭ of faith‭ and‭ love‭; and‭ for an helmet‭, the hope‭ of salvation‭.‭ ‭For‭ God‭ hath‭‭ not‭ appointed‭‭ us‭ to‭ wrath‭, but‭ to‭ obtain‭ salvation‭ by‭ our‭ Lord‭ Jesus‭ Christ‭,‭ ‭Who‭ died‭‭ for‭ us‭, that‭, whether‭ we wake‭‭ or‭ sleep‭‭, we should live‭‭ together‭ with‭ him‭.‭ ‭Wherefore‭ comfort‭‭ yourselves together‭, and‭ edify‭‭ one‭ another‭, even‭ as also‭ ye do‭‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.

Paul was writing to comfort God’s people some 2000 years ago ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭about things that lay far in the future for them. But those things are on our doorstep ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬and we would do well to heed what he said and comfort ourselves through his words.

When we see these things come to pass, we are not to panic and lapse into melancholy and despondency! No, you are‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭, as the Saviour tells us, ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ to rejoicingly “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭look up‭‭, and‭ lift up‭‭ your‭ heads‭; for‭ your‭ redemption‭ draweth nigh‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 21:28.

At this time‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ of the year,‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ when the elect remnant rejoice in the truth of the resurrection of our Saviour in a simple believing manner,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ and not in the garish buffoonery and nonsense that is seen amongst the benighted church-goers of the apostasy, let us ready ourselves by believing the Holy Scriptures, for that of which the Saviour has clearly warned us in those inspired writings, will come at the end of this age.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

10th April, 2023