Revelations : The Glory of the Cross

Revelations. Usually when people hear that word, their mind goes to magical imagery that that book in the Bible is known for. And while that imagery is important and does point to very important prophetic biblical symbolism, sometimes I think we can get too caught up in it. This morning as I was reading Revelations 5, I realized all over again the beauty and purpose behind the book of Revelation; the gospel and Jesus’ glory. I want to invite you to read this chapter (below) with eyes looking for the message of the gospel, not focusing on the imagery. -go read and then come back up here- ....... (pause for reading). ISN’T THAT BEAUTIFUL?! 

NO ONE... NOT ONE PERSON in heaven and on earth could open the seal. No one was worthy. There was no way for us as humans to reach such a holy thing. And just as John was weeping over this news, the elder brings him the Good News. Jesus is the Savior... the Lamb that was slain... the Lion that conquered the grave. God came down to live a perfect life because we couldn’t. He died the death we deserve. He came to pay the debt that He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay. THAT is what this chapter is pointing to. 

Ill be honest, sometimes the magnitude of what Christ did doesn’t hit me how it should. But through this Scripture in Revelation God opened my eyes in a whole new way to the weight of the cross. The worship of all who were in heaven was abundantly and overwhelmingly magnificent because they looked upon and beheld Christ’s sacrifice and love for us. I pray you would meditate on this ... the greatest news ever. I pray you would realize the weight of the cross just as “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea” did. And in response, that you would join me & heaven in praising God and worshipping Him for His abundant grace. 

 

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits[a] of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harpand they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.9 And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign[b] on the earth.”

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”

14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

 

 

Flesh vs. Spirit

February 9th, 2016 

Good Morning Beloved. Grab your bibles, some yummy coffee, and your journal! 

This morning I have been focusing in two passages; 1 Peter 2 & Ephesians 4. Lets read through 1 Peter 2 first. 

" 2 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”[a]
8 and

“A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. "

We are going to focus on verse 11 (even though all of it is GREAT). When I am in the Word I always jot down phrases that stand out to me. So one of the verses in this passage that I wrote down was verse 11... specifically the part about Paul urging them to abstain from the passions of the flesh. I don't know about you but I gave a loud, "Amen!" when I read that. Paul goes on to say that those wage war against your soul. 

Then when I was reading Ephesians 4, this nice contrast came to life. Ephesians 4:1-3 says, "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. "  

These two verses paint a beautiful picture for us. The flesh wages war against your soul and the Spirit is the bond of peace. 

My prayer for you today is that as 1 Peter : 13 says we together as the body of Christ will be obedient children not being conformed to the passions of our former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, "You shall be holy for, for I am holy." 

The enemy will use the flesh to wage war against your soul. Not only to guys but to girls as well. He wants girls to think that temptation and lust and sexual sin are only guys problems, but that is a lie. Don't listen to it. If you are struggling with that know that you are not alone, guy or girl... bring it into the light, tell someone. Because when you bring something into the light, darkness can no longer be.