We know from the Bible that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and as such we all need a savior and a redeemer. And Jesus came once for all so that we could be saved and to redeem us so that we could be made right with God! Jesus paid the price, giving His life so that you and me could be reconciled to God! Not because we were good enough but because God is love! God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life! Jesus gave His all that we could be absolved of our sins and be made right with God! Jesus as we read in today’s reading from God’s Word wins the victory! Getting to read Revelation this early in the year pumps me up because it is the reason why my blog is called From 2005 to Eternity. Back in 2005 when I was prompted to start a public blog and started to share my morning readings God gave me not only the name but spoke to me in and through the book of Revelation. Each time I read it I feel like we are getting closer and closer to Jesus’ return! We all have the opportunity to receive the gift of grace today! We all have the choice to receive His love today! We all have to decide for ourselves if we will accept the truth that will set us free today!
Have you made that choice? Have You received Jesus into Your hearts as Your Lord and Savior and Redeemer? Have You decided to following for the rest of your life? Will today be your day?
The book of Revelation speaks to the end times! The book of Revelation shares that the victory is Jesus’ and so by choosing to be His, on His side, and to follow Him means you are on the winning side. It provides hope no matter what comes our way. Facing troubles? Take heart Jesus has overcome the world! Facing trials? Consider it pure joy because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. So let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!
Today’s reading comes from Revelation 22…
The River of Life
1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
Jesus Is Coming
6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”
7 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
–from from Revelation 22
Today’s devotional concludes the section on the impact of the Bible on visual arts. (having started part way into Jan, I will conclude my reading of the Bible in this section too). The Redeemer subject is seen all over the world but the art that is shown and discussed today comes from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro to be specific where we see the world’s largest statue of Jesus the Redeemer!
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is in it. Thank You Lord for that unconditional love that goes beyond anything I can ask or even imagine. Thank You Lord that even before I knew You and loved You, You first loved me and sent Jesus to come and pay the ultimate price that I would be able to be reconciled to You. Lord I give my life into Your hands and ask for Your wisdom and discernment, direction and instruction today so that in all I think, say, and do, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.