Nevertheless, Hereafter

Matt 26:64 Jesus said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter
you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the
clouds of heaven.”

Our Lord was made to appear as a criminal at His trial. Yet He could see beyond His present
humiliation into future glory. What glorious Words: "Nevertheless, hereafter"! If we could imitate
His faith·filled foresight while in the valley of poverty, or sickness, or slander and say as He did,
"Nevertheless, hereafter”, we too could bear our burdens and trials with grace.

Now, instead of weakness, Jesus has all power; instead of shame, all glory. His cross did not
dim the splendor of His crown, and neither did the beatings mar His beauty. Rather, He is
greatly exalted and honored because of His sufferings.

With faith and God's help, can we not also take courage from the hereafter that is coming? Can
we not bear the present tribulation by looking to the future triumph? Yes, we can rely on the
Fathers love and grace as we develop patience, so that when under our trial we will not give up,
but think more and more of the hereafter and less and less of today. Will we not be With Him
soon and see His glory? Therefore, like Paul we can say:

II Cor 4:8 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not
in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed-

No matter the situation, the faithful Christian can say, "Nevertheless, hereafter."

Adapted from: Faith's Checkbook, C. H. Spurgeon, for May 3ft, published on Bible Explorer, Version 4,
WORDsearch Corp., 1996·2007.