Mat 26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
LORD, Thou wast in Thy lowest state when before Thy persecutors Thou
wast made to stand like a criminal!
Yet the eyes of Thy faith
could see beyond Thy present humiliation into Thy future glory.
words are these, "Nevertheless - hereafter!" I would imitate Thy holy
foresight, and in the midst of poverty, or sickness, or slander, I also
would say, "Nevertheless - hereafter."
Instead of weakness, Thou hast
all power; instead of shame, all glory; instead of derision, all
worship, Thy cross has not dimmed the splendor of Thy crown, neither has
the spittle marred the beauty of Thy face. Say, rather, Thou are the
more exalted and honored because of Thy sufferings.
So, LORD, I
also would take courage from the "hereafter." I would forget the present
tribulation in the future triumph.
Help thou me by directing me into
Thy Father's love and into Thine own patience, so that when I am derided
for Thy name I may not be staggered but think more and more of the
hereafter, and, therefore, all the less of today.
I shall be with Thee
soon and behold Thy glory. Wherefore, I am not ashamed but say in my
inmost soul, "Nevertheless hereafter."