GOD¶S CALENDER: TIMES AND DAYS
DR. V. SAMPATH
God is good.
He is good both to the good and the evil. He is always faithful to those who put their first inHim. God is not a man to lie. If He makes a promise, He fulfills it. He fulfills His promisesimmediately or after a few days, months or years. But He never goes back on His word.Jesus Christ promised three things to His disciples before He finished His earthly sojourn onthe Cross of Calvary: His imminent resurrection, the coming of the Holy spirit into the worldand His second coming. Of these three promises, the first two have already been fulfilled.His resurrection took place two days after His crucifixion. This came to pass exactly as Jesus promised. Both Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit were with the Father when He created theworld. Every event in Jesus¶ life on earth was brought to pass according to God¶s eternal plan. The Word of God says that God has made everything beautiful in His time (Eccl. 3:11).Jesus Christ knew full well God¶s plan to redeem mankind even before He was sent into theworld. He knew exactly when He would be sent down to earth. It was revealed to Him. Thistruth was also revealed to man by His prophets through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit alsoknew full well when He would be sent into the world and what God¶s plan for Him was. Godfirst sent His prophets to speak to humanity. He then sent His son and the Holy Spirit oneafter the other. Jesus¶ birth, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension took place at Godappointed time and place. All this was foretold by His prophets and angels. The coming of the Holy Spirit also happened at God appointed time and place. The disciples were skepticalabout His resurrection till they saw Him face to face. Only on seeing Him face to face wastheir faith fortified. Jesus spoke about the Holy Spirit and His second coming both beforeand after His resurrection. He said: ³I will come again´ (Jn. 14:17). He also said: ³In a fewdays you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit´ (Acts 1:5). Jesus was with His disciples for FORTY DAYS after his resurrection speaking to them about the kingdom of God (Acts1:3,4). Did the disciples know how long they would have to wait for the coming of the HolySpirit? In a way, Yes. The word of God says ³When the day of Pentecost came all of themfilled wit the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). The word µPentecost means fifty, the 49
day after His resurrection. It was not only Jesus but also the angles who foretold his second coming. Itwas the angels who confirmed or attested Jesus¶ resurrection. It was also an angel whoforetold Mary of God¶s plan regarding Jesus¶ birth. Angels bring God¶s immediate messagesto those who matter most in His, eternal plan. At His resurrection, the angels who where inthe tomb said; ³He has risen!´ At His ascension, the angels said: µThis same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven will come back in the same way you have seen Him go intothe heaven¶. God uses angels frequently in the New Testament times as He used prophets inthe Old Testament times. What have we done about this angelic message? Have we given itthe due importance that it deserves? Are we ready to go with Him when He comes?