The Visitation


“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people.” “Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us” – (Luke 1:68,78).


   On this Christmas Day, Sunday December 25th 2005, I want to preach on “The Visitation.” The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, visited this planet earth on that first Christmas over 2000 years ago. The most distinguished visitor in the universe came to pay us a visit – Emmanuel, God with us – amen. God had come to visit his earth as he had promised.


   The Lord Jesus visited the sons of men for 33 years. He was born a miraculous birth in the womb of the virgin Mary. He visited us so that he could be our redeemer on the cross and save us from our sins. Thus it was fulfilled what was prophesied in (Ps.106:4) “O visit me with thy salvation.” The son of God had come to earth to pay us a visit and his visitation was shouted out to the world by his disciples and continues to be preached today. He visited us to be our savior – “And thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” - (Mt.1:21). God has visited us with his salvation and his salvation is in his beloved Son on the cross, the perfect, supreme sacrifice for sin.


   The earth didn’t treat its divine visitor very well, they were not very hospitable to him. Only those people who sought forgiveness of sins, treated the visitor well and loved him – the rest hated him and crucified him for preaching the truth. Surely he was – “Despised and rejected of men” – (Is.53:3). People, because of their sins, are the enemies of God. Jesus visited a hostile world in order to reconcile man with God by his precious blood on the cross. Praise the Lord – he visited us with his salvation - he redeemed us – “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” – (2 Pet.1:18). O’ thank God for his visitation to earth so we can be saved.


   Through the tender grace and mercy of our God, the dayspring from on high hath visited us. What a beautiful name for Jesus – “The dayspring from on high.” It speaks of the dawn, the first streak of daylight that banishes the darkness – when the day springs forth – the early morning – amen. O’, what mercy that God should send his son to earth. The world is in such darkness of sin, but Christ came to “Give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” – (Luke 1:79). Do you see how God gives us the definition of “Dayspring from on high” in the next verse? (Vs.79). Jesus Christ is “The true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” – (Jn.1:9). Jesus, our dayspring from on high said – “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be manifest, that they are wrought in God.” Jesus said again in (Jn.8:12) “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” O, thank god for “The Visitation” of his beloved son.


   Let’s check out a good example of dayspring in (Jud.19:25) as we see the darkness of sin during the night when wicked men raped and abused a woman until the dayspring. “But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.” Praise the Lord Jesus, our dayspring from on high has visited us to shed light to all of us in the darkness of our sins – “That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” – (Jn.1:9).


   When Jesus did the mighty miracle of resurrecting the widow’s son because of his great compassion, the people said – “And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God saying, that a great prophet is risen up among us; and that God had visited his people” – (Luke 7:16). Yea, and much, much more that a prophet – the son of God was the visitor. O’ we sing out with the Psalmist – “What is man, that thou are mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?” – (Heb.2:6). O, the great grace and mercy of God when he sent his son to visit planet earth for 33 years. What a visitor. The Lord of glory himself – took upon himself the nature of a man – God manifest in the flesh.


   When Jesus came to Jerusalem, he wept over it as he prophesied of the siege and sack of her by the Romans in A.D. 70. – “And shall lay even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation” – (Luke 19:44). Let other cities and nations take warning – as with the Jews, so it will be with the Gentiles – if they know not the time of Christ’s visitation – if they do not receive Christ and be saved in this day of grace – if they reject his visit of salvation.


   Most of the world today don’t know that it’s the time of Christ’s second visitation. He’s coming back again for an extended visit – not just for 33 years, but for eternity – he’ll never leave us – Alleluia. He’s coming in power and glory as King of Kings to rule over his world empire forever and ever – (Rev.19:11-22).  His second visit is not a visit of salvation but a visit of wrath upon all who rejected his salvation. It’s a divine visit of wrath. He will take vengeance on them who treated his first visit with hatred and indifference and not receiving Him  as Savior. “By your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation” – (I Pet.2:12).


   Christ’s second visit is when he will visit the world for their sins – “Therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins – (Hos.9:9). Again – “The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come” – (Hos.9:7). It’s the great and dreadful day of the Lord’s vengeance, the day of his second visitation. The first visit for salvation of sin and the second visit to rule over the earth as king of kings and to judge the earth. All who have rejected him as savior, all who have rejected his first visit, will He visit their sins upon them and recompense them. It will be too late to be saved then – “And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far” – (Is.10:3).


   Are you ready for Christ’s second visit? Have you received his salvation which he offered to the world when he visited us the first time? Have you been born again and become a new creature in Christ filled with the Holy Spirit? Have you received the divine Visitor? Repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart for forgiveness and remission of sins. Receive Him into your heart – don’t shut him out. He’s knocking at the door of your heart, he wants to visit with you. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20). Don’t shut this visitor out – He died for you and your sins. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins” – (I Jn.4:9,10). God has visited us with his salvation. Don’t spurn his love and grace by rejecting the Savior, or the wrath of God abideth upon you. You can have everlasting life through him – “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36). In this one verse we see the two comings of Christ – his two visitations to planet earth – one visit in grace and mercy and one in wrath for those who won’t believe and be saved.


   The world is getting very wicked and evil – it is ripening for judgment. Take heed to the Bible Watchman. I’m blowing the trumpet of warning .The second visit of Christ is coming soon and it’s a visitation in wrath. “The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: and there is none among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net. That they may do evil with both hands earnestly. The prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up. The best of them is a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchman and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity” – (Micah 7:2-6). We are living in this kind of time – so few good people are found. Families and husbands and wives can’t trust each other,. A man’s enemies are those of his own house. You can’t trust family or friends in this wicked hour. “Help, Lord; for the Godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men” – (Ps.12:1). The best people today are like thorn bushes, scratching  and tearing and hurting others.


   And during these times God sends his watchmen blowing their trumpets of warning. The day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh. The people of earth will be perplexed, bewildered and puzzled as they see God’s wrath begin to fall. “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring” – (Luke 21:25).


Take heed to the second visitation.

Take heed to this watchman.


    Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705