KEY SCRIPTURE: John 8:56 KJV “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.”
In our key scripture, the Lord Jesus told His audience that Abraham saw His day and was glad.
Abraham is the father of the Jewish race, and so they hold him in a very high esteem. Hearing about Abraham’s knowledge and reaction to information about Him attracted a great deal of interest from them.
Many interpret this scripture as the theophanic (God appearing in various forms to men) appearances of Jesus as the angel of the Lord to Abraham. The Lord’s Day had nothing to do with the appearances of the angel of the Lord. It refereed to His days on the earth, His advent, His manner of life and the experiences He went through. Luke 17:26″ as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of Man”
Secondly the coming judgement of all men is also called the day of the Son of man.
Abraham saw the day of our Lord Jesus in the prophesy given about Jesus. Gal 3:16 KJV “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. He also saw the day of Jesus in the offering of his Son Isaac. Jesus the only begotten Son of the Father was offered for the salvation of all mankind.
Abraham saw the day of the Lord and was glad in view of the promise, and that he was permitted so distinctly to see it represented. If the father of the faithful rejoiced so much to see him afar off, how should we rejoice that he has come; that we are not required to look into a distant futurity, but know that he has appeared; that we may learn clearly the manner of his coming, his doctrine, and the design of his death! Well might the eyes of a patriarch rejoice to be permitted to look in any manner on the sublime and glorious scene of the Son of God dying for the sins of men. And our chief honour and happiness is to contemplate the amazing scene of man’s redemption, where the Saviour groaned and died to save a lost and ruined race.
What should be our reaction to the knowledge and experience of the work of redemption of the master Jesus? We must gladly tell the many who have not heard, nor known what we have seen and experienced of the great work of salvation with its present impact of peace, changed life and an eternal hope of the return of our Saviour and Lord. We have a duty to live out that changed life, demonstrating the power of His salvation in our day-to-day encounter with those we associate with. We must do everything to save as many as the Holy Spirit would enable us to save.
Abraham looked into the day of Jesus and was glad, yet I have not only looked at His life, I have experienced the impact of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. I therefore announce to all that Jesus is alive and will live through any man who will welcome Him into His life.
THOUGHT: JESUS IS NOT JUST A MAN OF HISTORY, BUT THE LORD OFTHIS HOUR DOING WHATEVER HE DID THEN.
Hebrews 13:8 KJV Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Luke 24:48 KJV “And ye are witnesses of these things.”