And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. Romans 8:23
As the old year comes to a close, we look around in wonder at the world. The Rapture has not come yet, the Tribulation not yet begun? It sure seems like everything is prepared and ready for it. As the women watched the tomb closed after our Lord's body was laid to rest there, they must have felt a similar feeling of wonder, a sort of sorrowful, depressed kind of feeling that is tinged with hope, though we cannot quite see why it should be.
That hope speaks to something not quite seen, a happy place that we cannot quite get to, and even a joyous celebration that is just a little too far away to grasp. There is within us an expectant anticipation of something new, but we know not quite the what and especially the when. Birthdays and holidays have dates on them, so that cannot be it. Events that we know have dates and times, so this thing must be something other than what we have experienced up to this point. Of course the coming event we look for has a time and a date, we just don't know what those are from where we sit now. Our eternal hope is coming though, and this hope is in a person, Jesus our Lord and Savior.Soon,