27/8/11 Jeremiah 52; Revelations 1; Psalm 143-144
S: Revelations 1:7-8
Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven.
And everyone will see him—
even those who pierced him.
And all the nations of the world
will mourn for him.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”
O: The Gospels show us Jesus in His earthly ministry, but the Apocalypse (The Revelation to John) shows us the Risen and Transcendent Christ. This book gives us a view of Christ as He is in eternity, glorious and triumphant.
The Son was the Creator of the world -- in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. But He humbled Himself as a man, and did not look like a king when He came as a baby born of peasants.
But He doesn't remain in that way -- He rose again, and He reigns forever in the heavenly realms in glory! Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
A: Since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
We are children of the King! Let us live that way!
P: When we are beset by the evil forces of the world, Father, remind us of Who You are and how great a Saviour You have given us! In Jesus' name, amen!