Read Revelation 22:10-21
[Before reading, please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP-TcNwxiqY]
I don’t know about you, but, whenever I listen and sing along to this song, I legitimately have to fight back tears…every single time. Now, I’m not someone who normally has to fight back tears during corporate worship, but this song…the imagery it represents…gets me every time.
The reading today is a part of the last chapter of the entire Bible. In the pages before, creation took place; sin corrupted the human race, and death, despair, horror, violence and immorality overwhelmed the minds and actions of so many people. Jesus (God in human form) was born to bridge the gap between us and God, in part via His death on the cross. Upon His death, He was in a tomb for three days before He rose from the dead and empowered His disciples to carry on the good news. Upon his ascension into Heaven, the disciples carried the gospel to the very ends of the earth, even if it cost them their lives.
The Bible is a story of redemption.
Where there is sin. there is grace. Where there are heinous actions, there is forgiveness. Where there is despair, there is hope.
In chapter 22, the story of the end of the world (judgments, punishments, redemption, and eternal life) is finished. In verse 20, “he who testifies” (Jesus) says that He is coming quickly to fulfill everything that was just written. He is coming to take us home to be with him.
Maybe you have prayed the prayer of Revelation 22:20, “Amen. Come Lord Jesus.”
Many of us can look at how our world is today and cry out to God to come quickly to make it all go away. On the other hand, if you’re anything like me, you cannot wait for eternity…for the imagery of the beginning song to be a reality.
Just imagine. Take some time to be still and watch that video again, really taking to heart the imagery and what it will be like to meet Jesus face to face…for sin to be completely done away with…to be home.
My question to you is this: are you living with the end in mind? Can you not wait for Him to come back or do you have some things you would like to take care of first? We don’t know when this time will happen. Your time is now. Don’t wait for Jesus to come back for change to happen. Be the change. Show people Jesus. Give them the hope of the gospel.
He is coming quickly. Are you ready?
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.