FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8
But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”
Acts 7:55-56 (NLT)
JESUS STANDING FOR THE WIN
Badger Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin was packed. Over 60,000 University of Wisconsin fans were watching their beloved football team take a beating by Michigan State. What seemed odd was that as the score became more and more lopsided bursts of cheers kept being heard in the stands. Some people began to wonder who these strange people were who were cheering while their team was being pummeled. As it turns out, seventy miles away from Badger stadium the Milwaukee Brewers were beating the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the World Series. Many of the Badger fans in the stands were listening to portable radios and responding to something else besides what was happening right in front of their eyes. In many ways that is a fairly accurate description of what the Christian life is like. We might be in the midst of horrible circumstances and yet we have something to cheer about. We can see by faith the victory that is ours in Christ. (Lou Nicholes – Missionary/Author).
As Stephen was being martyred, Jesus stood as if to almost cheer him on. It appeared Stephen was losing but on the eternal stage he was winning. While we cannot state with absolute certainty it is very reasonable to conclude that Jesus is standing to receive Stephen, to welcome him home, to honor him for work well-done.
What do you imagine it would have been like to have been there the day Stephen was stoned to death? How do you believe you would have responded if you had faced the same opposition Stephen faced?
God cares and watches over you as well. Thank Jesus for His attentiveness to your life. Praise God for the hope of heaven.