Today’s reading is Revelation 22.
“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
I know this will sound shocking, but I do not believe this statement is limited to what we commonly call the “second coming.” Jesus is not saying, “At the end of time, I’ll come and bring judgment on everyone.” He is telling the original readers of Revelation, He will come in judgment on Rome (possibly Jerusalem) and it will be soon (for them). The message for us is not: at the end of time Jesus will come and bring final judgment on everyone, so get ready. The message for us is: no matter who our enemy is, no matter how strong a front they put up, no matter how much success they seem to have in the fight, no matter how bad it looks for our side, Jesus is coming in judgment on them and they don’t stand a chance. Sure, at this point, the next judgment may be the final one on all the world. But then again, it may just be a temporal judgment on Washington and the Unites States of America, or a temporal judgment on Mecca, or even just a temporal judgment on your co-worker who mocks you for your faith and your spouse who denies your faith and mistreats you. John’s point to us is whatever our enemy does, hang on. Jesus will judge. He will win. Don’t abandon Him. Don’t quit. Don’t concede. He is coming, Jesus will judge our enemies, and Jesus Always Wins! Praise the Lord!!!
Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 1.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, a common argument among children on the playground is “My dad can beat up your dad.” We need to understand that this really is the message of Revelation. My God can beat up your god. If your god isn’t Yahweh in the person of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, your god doesn’t stand a chance. Oh, it may look like your god is winning. But in the end, my God, through Jesus Christ, always wins. You may be able to beat me up. You may hurt me. You may even kill me. But know this, my God can beat up your god, and one day He will. When it happens, you will see me in victory before throne of my God, alive and well, cared for and protect, fed and clothed, happy and blessed. Won’t you turn to my God, through His Son Jesus Christ, and never let Him go? I promise you, no matter what it looks like in any given moment, Jesus Always Wins! Never let Him go.