Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 19:1-22:21
Today we arrive at the end of the Book.
The last words.
It’s amazing how these two verses of scripture sum up the New Testament and the book of Revelation…
He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people. —Revelation 22:20-21
The last thing Jesus said was He is coming soon!
John encouraged Him to come.
Can we say with John that we want Jesus to come soon?
Or would we rather He wait until we have had our fill of the wilder side of life, get married, have children, see our children become adults, enjoy our grandchildren, or maybe when we’re a 100 years old; yeah, that would be a great time for Jesus to come again.
I don’t know about you, but I hold on to this world too tightly. My daily life seems like more of a reality than heaven.
What can we do to make Jesus and heaven more of a reality in our lives?
- Make our time with Him our highest priority
- Read the scriptures that talk about heaven
- Meditate on being with Jesus in heaven
- Put this world in its place–it’s a very small piece in our timeline compared to the eternity we’ll spend with God
- Realize there are people who will be eternally separated from God if we don’t share Jesus with them
- Choose the things of God over the world’s trappings
When I was a kid my parents would watch gospel music on T.V. every Sunday morning before church. I can still remember this song that the “Happy Goodmans” sang…
What A Beautiful Day
As I wake up with the morning, of each day that passes by,
and I listen to the sounds upon my ear,
I can’t help but keep a watch toward the eastern sky,
and I wonder if the trumpet will be the next sound that I hear.
What a beautiful day for the Lord to come again,
what a beautiful day for him to take his children home,
how I long to see his face and to touch his nail scared hand,
what a beautiful day for the Lord to come again.
All my earthly disappointments and my trials here below,
fade away when I remember his last words,
he said he’d return and receive his children unto him
and I’m longing to look upon the face of my dear Lord.
This song never fails to come to mind when I’m taking an early morning drive along the bay or across one of the bridges near where I live. As I look toward the beautiful eastern sky I sing “What a beautiful day for the Lord to come again!”
Lord, help us to look to Your second coming with excitement!
Oh that we could be like little children. When my grandson Nolen was five year old he said to his Dad after open one of his presents, “Dad, can I take this toy that Santa brought me to heaven and show it to Jesus?”
Jesus, help me to be like Nolen. When I have a great day or a bad day, let my first thought be, “I want to take it to Jesus!”
I say with John, “Come Lord Jesus!
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller