Graduation 5/9/20

“Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (II Timothy 4:8)

We are in the midst of spring. Spring comes with sunshine and showers; spring comes with Mother’s Day and flowers. And, it comes with school graduations. This year seniors still graduate, but the ceremonies and celebrations have been modified, postponed, or cancelled.

This spring, we have a grandson graduating from college and one graduating from high school. There is still a sense of accomplishment and completion, but the celebration and public recognition aren’t what was expected, aren't what was anticipated. Certainly, there is at least a touch of disappointment mixed in with the joy of accomplishment.

Paul, in writing to Timothy, speaks of a graduation of sorts. He speaks of a day that is coming, a day of completion. He will not walk across a stage to receive a diploma, a handshake (remember what those were?), and congratulations. He will stand before the Lord, the righteous judge, and he will be awarded the crown of righteousness. And, Paul continues, not only will he receive such a crown, but so will all who have loved His appearing, those who look forward with love and joy to the Lord’s return.

This crown of righteousness is not something that gets framed and hung on a wall. No, this crown is the perfect righteousness believers will receive when they stand before the Lord and their sanctification is complete. This is not only a graduation from something, it is a graduation to something. One phase of our life will be over, but the greatest phase will just be beginning. We will live forever with perfect righteousness, offering perfect worship, and serving our loving God with joy unspeakable. That graduation is a graduation to life eternal. That is the graduation I long for. Amen.

Pastor Mike

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