Did You See It?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Just about everyone this week has been talking about Monday’s total solar eclipse. Conversations typically include the question, “Did you see it?” and “What did you think?”  It was the first coast to coast solar eclipse in almost one hundred years, providing everyone in the continental United States with at least a view of a partial eclipse.  Closer to home, the Dartmouth green was packed with people armed with viewing glasses hoping to catch a glimpse of history being made.  Rick Fienberg, a spokesperson for the American Astronomical Society (AAS) said the eclipse brought tears to his eyes and made people’s jaw drop.

The excitement generated by this week’s eclipse immediately reminded me a future event that will have an even greater audience.  In the book of Revelation God’s big story is brought to completion by means of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  In chapter one and verse seven we read, “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him…”  At Christ’s visible and glorious return, He will reward those who have named Him as their Lord and Savior and judge all who have rejected His offer of salvation.

The certainty of this day should change how we live because we understand what Christ hasdone, is doing, and will do.  If people thought this week’s eclipse was spectacular, just wait until the great day when Jesus Christ returns!