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Day 100: The New Jerusalem

Passage: Revelation 21:1–22:21
Key Verse:
“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.”

Read today’s passage very slowly. What do you notice? What strikes you? It’s a declaration isn’t it? A passage filled with hope, a new time.

As I read this passage two sections struck me, one a challenge to my life now and the second a faithful promise that again has implications for my now as well as my future.

SECTION ONE – a challenge

“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.”

Stop and consider you life, your priorities. Is this true of you? Is this true of me? Is the light of God and the guidance of Jesus permeating through your life?

Lets not skip past these questions too quickly but take time with God to consider any blind spots in your life or to call areas of your life back under the hand of God. It seems fitting in light of the splendour of God we take time to realign our lives with His. It seems a fitting response to reading the whole of this book.

AND THEN

SECTION TWO – a promise

With that in place lets hold to the closing declaration, the promise filled words of Jesus –

“ ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. “

Hear His words for you and hear the blessing of grace for you life and mine. Carry these words into your summer…. He is coming!

AMEN!!

Helen

Day 99: Hallelujah

Passage: Revelation 19:1 – 20:15
Key Verse: “Hallelujah!  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments.”

We’re nearing the end of our journey through the Bible, yet here we have a vision of the start of eternity. Hallelujah! Victory! The lamb that was slain will reign evermore. The bride has prepared herself to meet her groom.

Are you prepared to meet your bridegroom? What do we still need to do?

Christ leads His army and Satan faces the doom he knew was inevitable. The book of life is opened and the nations are judged.

Praise God today for His plan. Thank Him that your name is written in the book of life and at you are assured of eternity with Him. Thank Jesus for His blood which washes you clean and allows you to share in this glorious inheritance.

Join with the angels in shouting:

“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!”

Steven

Day 98: The Throne of Heaven

Passage: Revelation 4-7

Picture the most beautiful panorama you can.
Savour a thirst-quenching drink.
Smell a fragrant aroma that infuses and lingers.
Listen in stereo to a harmony of sound.
Feel the touch of an all-consuming embrace.

Whatever each one of us has seen, tasted, smelt, heard and felt, the best is yet to come. This picture of heaven, revealed to John and communicated to us in these words, defies human description.

I am reminded of what C.S. Lewis wrote at the end of the adventures in Narnia, after all the battles were fought:

“But for them it was only the beginning of the real story.  All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

For us too the story is only beginning…

Anita

Day 96: A Voice and A Vision

Passage: Revelation 1:1-20

On Sunday I was at a church service and this passage was the one on the order of service. I was intrigued when I noticed it, as I love to hear insights into the book of Revelation. But instead of preaching a sermon, the Minister encouraged us to find a quiet space in the church and listen for what God has to say.

I have to admit I would have preferred a sermon! Why? Because I knew that I hadn’t been listening for His voice that often lately, nor have I been asking or expecting Him to show up. I was nervous…

I needn’t have been. I had forgotten that my Father is gracious and merciful and simply wanted me to come and spend time with him, with no fear or uncertainty. The words he said to John in this passage also brought comfort to me

‘Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one.’

I can’t claim that God gave me a vision like the one he gave to John, but I do know that I heard His voice and that it restored my soul and gave me life. I easily forget or overlook simply being with God – at times I am more concerned with studying the passage or hearing some else’s wise words. I shouldn’t be, for nothing is more important than being with my Father and allowing Him to say or do what He wants to in my life.

Lindsay

Day 58: The Kingdom of Heaven

Passage: Matthew 13:1-58
Key verses
: “Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.  Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.  Then he told them many things in parables” Matthew 13:1-3

As Jesus shares some “small stories” with his disciples and the gathered crowds he also shared some “BIG TRUTHS” about the Kingdom.  Everyday objects and familiar situations used to explain what the Kingdom is like and that it is no longer about earthly position and but instead it’s about obedience to God.

Throughout the Gospels we can see that as Jesus taught, people responded.  There were those in the crowds who responded to his parables with confusion and disbelief, for others, like his disciples, God and his Kingdom were revealed and then there were those like the Pharisees who were totally offended by his teachings.

I wonder who we are like today?  When God speaks to us through his word and by his spirit what is our response?

Are we more interested in head knowledge than heart transformation?
Are we quick to sulk or flare up in anger, letting pride get in the way when God reveals our flaws.
Or are we like the good soil from the first parable, listening, obedient and producing a great harvest as we allow God to transform our character more and more.

Prayer: “God help us to have eyes that see and ears that hear and a heart to understand the truth you are revealing to us today.”

Rachel