“Canceled?”

Samuel Rindlisbacher

“Canceled due to Covid” has been a much heard, read, and quoted phrase of late. How many events, appointments, services and prayer meetings have been canceled or held on a limited scale. Some highways are empty; so are some restaurants, and work-from-home is the current practice. Private gatherings are kept to a minimum; funerals are limited to family members; and weddings are postponed to some point in the future. All this reminds me of a song often heard in the past:

The market deserted, no traffic on the street; 
construction has ceased, harvest workers don’t meet. 
No housewife is busy, court cases must wait, 
all work is suspended, for the King’s at the gate! 
Oh, the King is coming, the King is coming!

The Bible tells us that we know neither the day nor the hour when Jesus will return (Matt 25:13). Nevertheless, we should turn our hearts toward Him: He is coming! His return has not been canceled; the Rapture has not been postponed or relegated to the distant future because of Covid. Rather, Jesus Christ will return at the point in time determined by the Father: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matt 24:36).

All of a sudden, Jesus Christ will return! I can well imagine that all that is happening now is merely the calm before the storm. The quiet before the hurricane. The retreat of the sea before a tsunami. Or the unusual behavior of animals before an earthquake. Sometimes it seems to me that God is once again speaking. Not loudly, but softly. Not powerfully, but all the more intently. Another, perhaps even the last, speaking of God before the Rapture.

Wasn’t it similar before the Flood? Suddenly, the sawing and hammering stopped. Work on the Ark was finished, and silence returned: the eerie quiet before the storm.

Wasn’t it the same also at the Cross of Calvary? Suddenly, there was silence: the oppressive silence of an eerie dark night. “And the sun was darkened (Luke 23:45a). “It was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour” (v. 44). A terrible thing had happened. The Son of God had been rejected. Man had rejected the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. The people had said “no” to their Redeemer. And so the darkness fell, up until the loud cry: “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (v. 46).

In view of the above, a question presents itself: Will our present silence—the moral and ethical night which engulfs us—elicit the next “cry of world history”? “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him” (Matt 25:6).

Whatever the case, are we ready if Jesus came today? Let us be ready! This edition of the Midnight Call once again wants to focus primarily on this: Maranatha—our Lord, come! Let us expect Him daily, but may we not allow the darkness of this world to overwhelm our senses and thoughts; yes, our very hearts. We have the light; we have Jesus. Let us live in this light, bear witness to the light, and be ready should He appear today.

Midnight Call - 03/2021

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