Sunday Devotional: Revelation 22:20-21

 “He who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.”

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.” (Revelation 22:20-21)

These are the last words written in the New Testament.  The apostle John wrote these words while sitting in exile on the island of Patmos.  With all the struggles and the persecution that the church was facing at that time, John had hope.  Because he held firm to the belief that Jesus was returning.

We as part of the church today hold that belief as well.  We also know that God’s timing is not the same as our timing.  We do not know the exact day or hour but Jesus has promised He will return.  And as we go through living our lives and following the calling that God has for each of us individually and collectively, we echo the words that John wrote here: “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”

This week, let us cling to that hope.  Let us in the midst of hardships and struggles cry out to God.  And let us share the hope that we have even in the midst of suffering.  Jesus is coming again.

Sunday Devotional: Revelation 21:5-7

“And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.  The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”  (Revelation 21:5-7)

We all look forward to the future, to a brighter day.  For those who are followers of Jesus, we look forward to being with Jesus and seeing the Father face to face.  We long for that new Heaven and the new Earth that is described in Revelation 21 & 22.

These verses give hope.  They remind us of the one who makes “all things new”.  They remind us of the one who is “the beginning and the end”.  The one who loved us so much to die for us so that we may have life.  That we are able drink from the “spring of the water of life without payment”.  And the awesome thing is we get to have a relationship with God forever.  That is our hope.

During the time that Revelation was written, there was mass a persecution of Christians going on by the Roman Empire.  Believers needed to stand firm in their faith and hold onto their faith in Christ.  John reminded them of the hope that comes for those who endure, who overcome.  That same promise is given to us today.  We have that hope that once sin and death are finally defeated, we get to gather together wall all those who love Jesus and get to worship together for eternity.  That’s a hope worth remembering as we continue on following after Him in the present.

Sunday Devotional: Revelation 1:4-8

“John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.  Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”” (Revelation 1:4-8)

This passage is the greeting to the seven churches for whom the book of Revelation was written.  John writes to these church at the prompting of God to encourage them and to tell the what was to come.  This greeting encompasses not only who God is but what he has done and also what’s in store.

The main points to remember?  God is everlasting.  Jesus loves us and died for our sins so we could be free from those burdens.  Those that love God and follow Him will be overjoyed the day of Jesus’ return.  Those that don’t, will weep and wail when He returns.  And it is certain that He will return.

This week, let us live our lives with that reassurance.  God is the one who is and who was and who is to come.  Jesus is the one who died for our sins so we can have life.  The Holy Spirit is with us to comfort us and to remind us of Jesus’ return.  And let us love one another and share about Jesus so that there may be fewer and fewer who will weep and wail when Jesus returns.