“because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation” – Luke 19:44
The Lord Jesus came from glory to “His own People”. It was not with the sounding of a trumpet or the glory of this world. He “simply” arrived in the fullness of time. While He was here, men and women for the most part were unaware of it. He grew up, as it were, like a precious flower from the earth; no noise.
He grew up like a tender plant and as a root out of a dry ground, and rather than be something in Himself to attract attention: “He has no form nor comeliness and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him”, and He moved quietly among His people here and there – and they “knew not” the “time” of their visitation.
No doubt if the Lord were to suddenly break into our midst tonight with a great shout, with the voice of an archangel and the trump of God, we would know He was here. No one would be in ignorance, and we should all arise and say: “Glory Hallelujah He is here.” But dear brethren, don’t let your preconceived ideas blind you to His presence and purpose among His people in this hour. The Lord Jesus is here just as much today with us as he was then.
He is here. And He is here in the great visitation of the Holy Spirit. This is the day of our visitation. The Holy Spirit is here to take account of our condition and to minister. And we may just as easily “miss” the Lord’s eternal purpose as did Israel of old.
Israel wanted something “so different” from what He was offering and because their hearts were set upon something other, something else, something they would call a blessing, which for them meant something for personal gain and advantage. Their “ambition of heart” blinded their eyes and they saw not the time of their visitation.
It is the Christ of Calvary who is visiting His people now, not the Christ of glory – that will be later – the way to the glory is ALWAYS the way of the Cross. It may be that you are not just open to the way of the Cross, that you are not open in heart to go that way, and the time of visitation is bound up with that, for the greatest blessing that can come is in that direction.
He takes account of our need, and offers to meet it in a very special way, but in a way that our flesh will not rejoice in. Are we willing? And I am quite sure that it was unwillingness on their part to have it His way, that blinded them to the time of their visitation.
And it is perhaps because of the stillness, the lack of the sounding alarm, the absence of revival, that is just making us blind and cold to the great reality of our visitation. We want something other, something different, something more appealing to our flesh. But not my will, but your will be done. He is here. He is here at this very time, this very day, for a very special purpose in relation to you and to me.
Let us be cautious that we do not miss the end, and fail to see the time of our visitation by having our eyes too much upon the way in which the Lord would bring it to us, the means by which the Lord would lead us to it. The Lord give us grace to deal with anything He may show as standing in the way of our blessing in this time of visitation.
Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. I Peter 2:12