June 3, 2019
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
This last week’s violent mass shooting at Virginia Beach has reminded us again this world is ruled by Satan and evil is expanding its reach for more hearts. If the heart of humanity is not sold out to Christ, anyone can be a pawn for Satan. As we look at a world filled with issues, problems, evil, violence, persecution, lawlessness, and selfishness, we must endure in our faith, hang onto God’s love abiding in us, and patiently wait for our Messiah to return. Our eyes must be fixed upon the promises of God; our hope resting on the Word of Truth. One day Jesus will rule a new earth where sin and evil no longer exists. For now, the Lord’s grace is sufficient to keep us abiding in his love. He is faithful and true and he will bring everything he has promised to pass. May God cover us with his grace each day and may we live ready to meet him at any moment. Come Lord Jesus and bring lasting peace.
Revelation 22:12-14 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
12 Then I was told:
I am coming soon! And when I come, I will reward everyone for what they have done. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
14 God will bless all who have washed their robes. They will each have the right to eat fruit from the tree that gives life, and they can enter the gates of the city.
16 I am Jesus! And I am the one who sent my angel to tell all of you these things for the churches. I am David’s Great Descendant, and I am also the bright morning star.
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”
Everyone who hears this should say, “Come!”
If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It’s free!
20 The one who has spoken these things says, “I am coming soon!”
So, Lord Jesus, please come soon!
21 I pray that the Lord Jesus will be kind to all of you.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being the First and Last; you have the Last Word and we place our hope in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.