Sometimes it's very easy to get overwhelmed by the little stresses in life. We can be consumed by the things in life that really aren't important in the grand scheme of things. I am in the midst of report card season and let me tell you I can speak to the stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed.
And yet, as this passage reminds us, this world is not our home. One day it and everything that seems to mean so much right now will pass away. Jesus will come back just as he promised.
When Jesus comes, it will be in the very same way as He left. Visibly, manifestly in clouds, they saw it, they watched it, they looked at it and that is exactly the way He will come back, in clouds, visibly. In fact, Revelation 1 verse 7 says, “Every eye will see Him.”...
Sin separates us from God. We all have sinned. We all are separated from God but Jesus paid that price and through Him we have salvation. However, it is something we must ask for and receive. IF we confess, He is faithful to forgive but our free will allows us to reject the gift of salvation. If we do, we face the magnitude of God's wrath against sin.
Father, thank You for Your truth, for the fellowship that we have around it, for how it ties our hearts together because we are really knit together by common love, we’re knit together by common conviction, we’re knit together by common belief. The reason that we love each other, the reason that we care about each other, the reason that we enjoy each other, the reason that we support each other, encourage each other, come alongside each other, pray for each other is because we are bound together by this common set of beliefs, common convictions, the once-for-all-delivered-to-the-saints faith. We have been knit together in love because we believe the same things, and we say the same things and those are the things that bind us…mind to mind and heart to heart. We thank You, Lord, that we not only understand the past and the glories of the birth of Christ, the glories of the cross of Christ, the glories of the resurrection of Christ, but we understand the future and the astonishing realities of His return. And we know it’s nearer than it’s ever been. We’re not going to be foolish and attempt to set a date but there really is nothing that has to happen before the sign less event of the Rapture of the church snatches us away. And the way the world is shaping itself up these days, the kind of events that we see in the book of Revelation could occur. We have that kind of technology. We have that kind of societal structure around the world. These things don’t seem remote. And we’re amazed again, Lord, that when you painted the picture of the end, it was all about the Middle East and it was all about Israel, it wasn’t about South America, it wasn’t about China, it wasn’t about the United States. And in reality, the focus of the world even now is on the Middle East. Your history is on course, we know that. You are the God who not only understands history, but ordains history. And we thank You that You have also ordained our history by making us part of Your elect and bringing us to Yourself in Christ so that we might reign with Christ for a thousand years on this earth and forever and ever in the new heaven and the new earth. This is…this is overwhelming to us that You have been so kind because we are so unworthy. Thank You for Your grace. May we be worthy, as worthy as we can be by demonstrating obedience and love toward you. In the name of Christ. Amen.
Tomorrow's scripture focus is Mark 14:1-16