For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Today is July 1, 2013. It is Canada Day. Today marks the anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles in World War II. On this day Kentucky has lifted the ban on drinking on Election Day, and the state of Washington is working hard to no longer use the term “freshman” when referring to first year students.
It is also my birthday. So, even including the state of Washington’s over sensitivity, it is indeed a great day!
But it is not great because of the things we celebrate or commemorate. The joy is not found in political victories or candles on a cake. As wonderful as they might be – these passing things are not the source of my joy today.
Today is a great day because it marks another day – and in my case another year – closer to the return of Christ. And that is what makes today – indeed every day – one to be filled with praise and thanksgiving.
Just think of it. The King of kings, the Prince of Peace, the Savior of those who call on Him will someday return to put an end to all misery, suffering, and evil. Death will be no more, and we will be able to take up our place as the children of God. That day will be a terrible one for those who stand in opposition to Jesus, and a great one for those who follow Him. Those who have died will rise, and those alive will witness His return. But it is coming.
And today it is one day closer.
And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.
He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful foll’wer I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.