Thursday, June 9, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Nurturing God’s Creation
Revelation 22:1-7
 

Windsor Chidanand
Phoenix MTC, AZ

6 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”
 

Over the years, the final book of our Bible, the book of Revelation, compared to the other 65 books within Bible, has become a piece of controversy. When one reads through the last book of the Bible, it can appear strange. We do not know what to think of beasts, dragons, and even lakes of fire. It is unfamiliar. As we read through this last chapter of Revelation 22, it is hard for someone to comprehend because of what is described within, we have never seen or experienced. It is almost intimidating. We cannot even fathom what we have ahead of us. When a loved one passes, we are aware that they will go to heaven but that is it. We are left with more questions than answers so we depend passages like these  for answers.
 
    Even though, we know what heaven will be like through various passages of the Bible, it is still unclear. However, we are able to make ourselves familiar with heaven with the certainty that Revelation 22 provides. We often forget that we are pilgrims, we live this life on earth that eventually leads to our permanent home in heaven. Even though we know that Heaven is our real home, we often times do not act like it is. We have become so accustomed to the sin of this world that is has become comfortable for us. All of the things that God wants us to not be familiar with, we have become so comfortable that everything God wants us to be familiar with is considered strange. 

    When the day comes when we enter heaven, we are guaranteed to see His face! The amazing aspect of the Bible is the many accounts of foreshadowing. For example, in this passage, it is written, “the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb”. This unfamiliar water of life, we have actually seen over and over through the idea of Baptism – water that is so pure that when dipped with sin, it is all washed away. The throne of God is considered to be the throne of grace and the lambs that were sacrificed in the Old Testament prepares us to know the real Lamb who was sacrificed for our sins. What we consider to be strange has been familiar all along!

PRAYER

Dear Lord, we are grateful for Your love towards us. Help us to keep the words of Your prophecy and live each day knowing that You will come soon. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22:5