Saturday, April 15, 2023

The Token

 A token is a sign,  a sign of a promise. 

Each time we leave our beagle,  Ellie, we promise her we will be back,  (and yes, I do say that to her) and we give her a token of our promise.  It is a red,  rubber dog bone.  The ends are hollow and we stuff them with chicken. She loves the bone and she especially loves the chicken.
The bone is a token that we are coming back.  I know it sounds silly, but somehow, I think she understands.

God throughout ages has given His people promises marked by tokens. He promised Noah He would never again curse the world with water and marked that promise with the token of the rainbow.

"I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth," Genesis 9:13.

He promised Moses that he was the one to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and marked that promise with the token of the mountain in which they would dwell.

"And He said, 'Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain, ' " Exodus 3:12.

He has given us what the Apostle Peter called, "exceeding great and precious promises."

He has given us tokens as well.  The cross of Calvary was a token to us that He had made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins forever.

"But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high," Hebrews 1:3.

The empty tomb in Jerusalem was, and still is, a token that He will come again for His people. 

"Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven," Acts 1:11

As long as that tomb  in Jerusalem is empty, and it will be so forever,  we can know the throne in glory is occupied and He will return again. He will fulfill His purposes, for the earth, for the heavens, and especially for His children.

"...lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh," Luke 21:28.

His word is never untrue,  His promises are never broken and His tokens never fail. 

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