Titus 2:13

Robert Hawker

"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ."–Titus ii. 13.

Pause, my soul, over these sweet and solemn words. Is Jesus my hope? Surely then it is a blessed hope; for all blessings are in him. Art thou looking for his appearing? Pause, for the thought is solemn. How shall I know? Suppose this moment the trumpet of the archangel was to sound, "Arise, ye dead, and come to judgment;" my soul, art thou ready? Pause once more. Do I long for Jesus's appearing now, in the conversion of every poor sinner? Do I rejoice to hear, at any time; that a soul is born to God? If so, is not this looking for his appearing? Again–Do I long for Jesus appearing in the after-manifestations of his grace to the souls of the people?–for this is to rejoice with them that do rejoice, and to prove a family interest. Again-Is Jesus precious to me, and do I long for the renewal of his visits, as the earth longeth for the rising sun? When I read his word, sing his praise, call upon his name, mingle in the congregation, go to his table; is his appearing upon all these occasions precious now, and are his love-tokens sweeter to my soul than honey, and the honey-comb? If, my soul, thou canst bear a cheerful testimony to these things, and, canst truly call them blessed now; surely the hope of Jesus's second coming is blessed also, and thou canst well subscribe to the apostle's words; for his appearing being now gracious, will then be glorious, in the appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Robert Hawker

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