Continuing our study of Revelation 19.
Revelation 19:7 ‘Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory for the wedding of the Lamb has come and his bride has made herself ready.’
In a perfect world, every true bride and bridegroom look forward with eager anticipation to their wedding day and keep themselves pure for that occasion. It becomes the centre-point of their thoughts and longings. It is all they can ever talk about!
In the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment.
Titus 2:13a ‘while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour…’
This might sound a little sharp but revivals and ministries are certainly wonderful things, but at the end of the day, only the return of Christ Jesus will have any eternal meaning. Everything will simply fade away in time.
Biblically speaking, our focus should be on the return of Christ Jesus, and our coming wedding, for he is our blessed hope.
Our heavenly Father has prepared and looked forward to this coming wedding day and we disappoint Him if we ignore or fail to place importance upon it.
Of course, we have our earthly responsibilities in the here and now: we have jobs to hold down; children to raise, bills to pay etc. We are not called to wander around like star-struck space cadets waiting for heaven to come. We have our earthly responsibilities to fulfil.
But undergirding our lives in this present age should be this deep desire to finally enter into the presence of our Saviour and serve in his kingdom here on earth, when he returns.
This is why scripture focusses so much upon the return of Christ Jesus and the establishing of his kingdom.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory for his return and our wedding day is fast approaching!
- Revelation 21:22 The light of JerusalemJerusalem will be the centre of the world and the nations will tithe their wealth to Jesus. Previously, the kings of the earth have rebelled against Christ Jesus and Jerusalem but now they pay homage.
- Revelation 21:9 ‘From a mountain…’This describes the city as having twelve visible foundations, and this suggests it is a stepped pyramid construction. The city would have twelve levels, decreasing in size, each one built on its own foundation, ascending to form a pyramid with the top level being the apex of the city.
- Revelation 21:6 He who is thirstyThe goods of this world will crumble in our hands, swept away by the latest flood or fire, but the riches of God’s kingdom will stand forever.
- Revelation 21:4 Changes coming…Life holds its fair share of tragedies and these words are a soothing balm to those who have held on and endured. The world will not remain the same and the cruelties of life are not our destiny. The curse that has cast such a deep shadow upon this world, caused by the sin of man, will pass away and the blessing of redemption will shine its goodness upon the righteous in Christ Jesus for all eternity.
- Revelation 21:3 The New JerusalemWe discussed yesterday that God is bringing us all together, like the proud father that He is. Many of us will be centred at the New Jerusalem and many will live away but yet return on frequent pilgrimages to our new home city. For many of us, our present time is one of suffering and tribulation but this time will pass away and we will enter into an eternity of blessing. And it will have been so worth remaining faithful!