the last word

Sarcophagus of Drausin, 3rd or 4th century, The Louvre, Paris.

Revelation 1:4b-8
For Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
Last Sunday of Season After Pentecost

On this last Sunday of the Season After Pentecost God tells us that his word was the first and will be the last.    ” ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (v. 8).

God, The Almighty, is the one who gives us grace and peace.  Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come”  (v. 4).  

Jesus Christ, The Almighty’s “faithful witness”, loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.  “… from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness … To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood” (v. 5).

This same Jesus has made those who believe in him into a new kingdom (i.e. country).  ” … and made us to be a kingdom” (v. 6).  As verse 7 explains, we will either be with him, or against him, but no one will ultimately deny the reality of his existence or presence.  Love him or hate him, through his Son Jesus, the Almighty will have the last word.

If The Almighty’s word truly is the last word what does it mean for us?  It means that we can no longer live for ourselves.  Rather, our purpose is to serve the Almighty’s purpose and in so doing will we find the grace and peace promised to us.

Point to Ponder:
Who really has the last word in your life?  If it is the Almighty, what difference is it making and ought it be making in your marriage, family, and work?  If it is not the Almighty, are you truly convinced that sin (separation from God) is not humankind’s greatest problem?  Are you truly convinced that Jesus did not come to earth to live, die, and be resurrected because of the Almighty’s love for you?

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