Today is the last day of reading for the Community Bible Experience and what a last day it is! It has been wonderful reading through the New Testament and reading about how much God loves us; loves us so much that He made a plan for our salvation. This isn't a salvation from the difficult things in life (at least right now), but a salvation from all of our sin. This salvation is offered to anyone who believe in Jesus and chooses to follow Him. But, as we have read throughout the New Testament, this path is one that we must choose to walk on daily. We must be purposeful in our faith walk, otherwise we may turn off the narrow path. But we are not alone in this walk - we have the Holy Spirit who empowers us. God also binds all believers together as one body so we can lift each other up on this journey. But, there is something else that God has given us to encourage us on the path: hope. Today's reading through the last chapters of Revelation reminds us of the great hope we have. Hope of better things to come!
We are living in an age that has been unlike any other. We have media that puts all information at our finger tips. Think about the fact that there are people from many countries that stop and visit this blog; that is something that wasn't even possible twenty years ago! My children do not know a life without the internet. But with all this accessibility, there are also some great temptations that come at us every moment. This accessibility also include information about some great injustices going on throughout the world which should be opening the eyes of the church to do something. But even with all the evil we can see in this world, according Revelation there will be a time that is even worse. But for those who faithfully and patiently endure, there is a great promise - a wonderful ending.
Revelation 21:4 (NIV) says, "'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” What a wonderful hope to hold! No more death, mourning, crying, or pain. We are also given this invitation in Revelation 22:17 (NIV), "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let the one who hears say, 'Come!' Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life." What a wonderful gift is the water of life.
I will end with one more phrase at the end of Revelation found in chapter 22:20,
"He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.'
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus."
Come, Lord Jesus.
This post is linked with Thought Provoking Thursday.