Devotion: Monday, May 13, 2019

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, with reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s reading is from Rev. 7:9-10, where the Apostle John says,   

After these things I looked, and behold, I saw  a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

GOD’S MISSION VICTORY, HIS OFFER OF REAL COMMUNITY!

The very things that we yearn for (the things that truly matter), God has accomplished for us in Jesus Christ. Do you believe that? Well, whether you do or you don’t, that is the Bible’s extravagant claim. As I continue to do my work here in Washington D.C., I’m amazed that almost all the power posturing and bodacious promises made are related to our leaders who seem to be “guaranteeing” community and personal fulfillment to those who put their trust IN THEM. It’s true that when all is said and done, we just want to love and be loved. We want a life that matters, especially to those who are dear to us. We want to be “bonded” together by someone or something that really holds through thick and thin, for now and forever. Maybe that’s why we want our leaders to help us to “see the way” Together.

Unfortunately, we all tend to put our faith in people or things that can’t or won’t be able to do that when it counts. Today we tend to put our “faith” in government, in policies, in business, in wealth, in personal status, or even our own best efforts. The Bible warns us, warns all, that such things are a recipe for disappointment and disaster concerning the things that really matter in our lives. Our lesson for today has a message that thankfully goes one further. It offers to all who PUT THEIR FAITH in Jesus Christ and His message of forgiveness, life, and salvation through His cross and resurrection, a common truth, a common reality that not only bonds us to God, but also to each other. (Isn’t that the best of what we celebrate on days like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, loved ones who share with us the very love of God in Jesus? I think so.)

So, the offer in Revelation is more than a hopeful thought or wishful thinking. The Apostle John is actually reporting that He is “seeing” the way things already are in heaven because of the person and work of Jesus. Peoples from every tribe and every nation are bonded together in community and love, “because salvation belong to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb” who is Jesus. That’s a message of hope that doesn’t disappoint because the very Lord Jesus who went to the Cross for us all, also rose again from the dead so that we might be confident in our eternal life around His throne too. That’s God’s mission victory; that’s His offer of real community that lasts. Put your faith in Jesus. He won’t disappoint; that’s a promise.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, help us to see with “eyes of faith” the reality of community and love that only you can make available to a world that is broken by its selfishness and sin. Help us to see that gift in our lives and for the lives of those we love and cherish. AMEN.

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