Come, Lord Jesus!
"Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith."
-Hebrews 12:1b-2a, emphasis added
To us who love and serve God, the goal of the Book of Revelation was to show His Son, Jesus Christ. I hope that is what you have seen in this past year in our devotional contemplation of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
God the Father gave the Revelation of Jesus Christ--which shows Jesus in all His beauty--to be shared with us, His servants. In its pages God reveals that we shall forever be satisfied as we behold Him whom we love.
- Christ is the key to Living Hope.
- His Word is the food for Living Hope.
- His Spirit is the power for Living Hope.
- His presence is the guard for Living Hope.
Living hope comes down to you through Christ--who has done it all--so believe what He has said and receive His hope!
When we get to the end of everything--what is left? In other words, what will last forever? Revelation 22 ends with God, Heaven and one more element--servants serving God.
Who are those surrounding God's Throne?
And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
-Revelation 22:3, NKJV, emphasis added
Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true." And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. . . . Then he said to me, "See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God."
-Revelation 22:6, 9, NKJV, emphasis added
All who love and serve God long to hear Christ say, "Well done, My good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Master's home!" A "Well done!" from Him will make this life on earth all worthwhile!
Through this devotional, Living Hope for the End of Days, we have had twenty-one weeks so far to learn how to live in hope, strength, joy, purpose, and peace! As you have read and we will continue to read this new year, you discovered the precious topics contained in Revelation, each of them rich in hope. And, as you read every word of God's final book of the Bible, you reaped a harvest of promised blessings!
Hope for the end of days.
Strength for when we are weak with fear.
Joy when surrounded by dread.
Purpose in the midst of an aimless culture.
Peace when storms of anxiety roll across our horizons.
So how do we have this Living Hope for the End of Days? Only in Christ! Jesus offers to each of us to be our Living Hope when we are unclean, when we are weary, when we are homeless, when we are helpless, when we are hopeless, and when we are tempted.
Christ is the closest, safest, and only Living Hope for us through all of life--to the very end!
Have you fled to the safest spot in the universe, the open arms of Jesus? If not, do so today. If you have, look around-Christ wants to be your moment by moment Living Hope for the End of Days!
" ‘Surely I am coming quickly,' Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen"
-Revelation 22:20-21, emphasis added
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