The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
Today is the day of the total solar eclipse. The event has been described as the “Great American Eclipse” as it will be visible in totality only within a band across the entire United States. I don’t remember the total eclipse of 1979 so I am excited to behold this great work of God.
I was planning to see this wonder and then the news reports began to talk about all the fake glasses for viewing that were being sold. It made me a little nervous because we live in such a world of deceit. A company stating that their glasses are certified really doesn’t mean much. Can you trust what they say…and so we waffled back and forth as to if we would purchase them or not. We just didn’t want to take the risk because my husband experienced retina tears and multiple lasers last year and the doc says they have done all they can do . The next step is surgery. I have some dry spots. We decided to go with caution and safety and not get the glasses.
Well…we did until a few days ago when I began to say “we should have gotten the glasses just in case we changed our minds.” My husband was firm, he isn’t looking. On Friday, I moved from ‘we should have them just in case’ to I think I want to see the eclipse. By this time, there are people all over Facebook looking for them so I resolved myself to know that I am going to miss it.
Several media outlets gave instructions on how to make your own viewer out of a cereal box but I have to work and to be honest pride got in the way of my making one to take to work with me. 🙂 I am just going to miss the Great American Eclipse of 2017.
Our Pastor included in his observations on yesterday, the dangers of looking at the eclipse without the proper glasses with a warning that the damage could be irreversible. I am sitting there thinking, “not me, I am going to miss it.” BUT GOD…when our Pastor finished, his wife spoke up and said, “we have one extra pair if anyone wants them.” My husband spoke right behind her and said “we will take them.” My husband told me right after church, “I got them for you as I know you want to see it.” Praise God! YAY!!!
How great is our God to grant this desire of my heart to behold His glory through this eclipse. But even greater, I am reminded of HIS GREAT GLORY at another time when there was darkness in the land…
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. 47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” Luke 23:44-47
Hallelujah and Amen! The darkest day ever as the Father and Son was separated as the Holy, Righteous Son of God and Son of Man was slain to make atonement for our sins. Three days later the greatest victory ever came forth as Jesus resurrected from the grave with all power in His hand. The veil was torn from top to bottom by God opening the way of access into His presence for whosoever will come.
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry when He was coming toward him John the Baptist declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)!”
Surely, this eclipse should cause each of us to pause in the midst of the awe and wonder to give our God praise and thanks for the day the sun was darkened when Jesus shed His blood as our Sacrificial Lamb and our access was opened to the Holy Presence of the one True and Living God.
May we just not think of ourselves as we pray but also ask the Father to draw our love ones and all who do not know Him to enter into eternal life through Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
There is another day coming when the sun will not shine. This one I absolutely will not miss because of Jesus’ “it is finished” work at the cross. Such amazing love, grace, and mercy and I bow before Him to give praise, honor, and thanks that I have entered in. Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain but Jesus washed it white as snow!
The New Jerusalem
“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.… 22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” Revelation 21:9-11,22-23
The directions that come with the glasses state, “Limited to 3 minutes continuous use, intermittently for several hours.” So very blessed as the Lord writes this post as I know that I have so many things to whisper to my God as I behold His glorious majesty this day! Blessed is His Holy Name! How about you?