Devotion: Monday, November 5, 2018

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 verse is from
Revelation 7:9-10, where the Bible says,

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation,
from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb,
clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice,
“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

In Christ, the Rest Is History!

WHAT A PICTURE, WHAT A PROMISE! If you take the message of this verse to heart, the
Bible is saying clearly that IN CHRIST all things work out in the end. In fact, in a day of identity
politics, tribal motivations, and rampant individualism, the Bible proclaims the day where “all
nations” will be gathered together in harmony around the throne of Christ, the Lamb. So that’s
the future. For believers, that’s our future. But what does that reality mean for today?

What about here and now? What about the strife, the separation, the antagonisms of today? Will
politics solve the problem? Will our best efforts solve the problem? How can we make a
difference about things in this world when we can’t even get our lives together many times?
Those are great questions. And the Bible is blunt about the answer to those questions, blunt about
what we can really count on, now and forever. “Salvation belongs to our God….and to the
Lamb!” (Revelation 7:10). Christ’s work changes everything. Faith in Christ changes everything.

It’s like that phrase, “The rest is history.” When people say that phrase they are asserting that
because of the actions of some special person or some special event, no matter the issues of the
moment, the future is assured, and the outcome is plain for all to see. For example, Babe Ruth
was a great baseball player and home run hitter. If you said, “The Yankees were behind; it was
the bottom of the ninth with two outs; but Babe Ruth came to bat, and the ‘rest is history’,”
everyone would know that Ruth hit a home run and the Yankees won. Or, in football, if you said,
“The Patriots were down by a field goal in the 4th quarter. There were only 2 minutes left in the
game; but Tom Brady stepped on the field for one more drive and ‘the rest is history’,” you
would know instinctively that the Patriots won the game. In each example, in the bleakness of
the circumstances, one person made all the difference. Well, that’s what Revelation 7 is asserting
today concerning the present and the future of your life. It’s not about what we can finally do.
Instead, it’s about God engaging our world and our problems through His Son, our Savior, Jesus
Christ, “and the rest is history.” Even better, the overall message of Revelation declares, “The
rest, AS GOD SAYS, is HIS Story, for you, NOW AND FOREVER.”

So, when you and I are faced with the world as it is, full of mistakes, flaws, and errors, when we
are faced with our own failures, sins, grief, and pain, the Bible invites us to put our hope in the
“Lamb who was slain” (Revelation 5:12), both now and forever. In a day when people more
foolishly put their trust in politicians, in political prognosticators, in secular gurus, in temporal
heroes, or even in our best efforts, God calls us to put our faith and hope in Him. And, no matter
the circumstance of the moment, when Jesus Christ “goes to bat for you and me,” that’s a “the
rest is history” story that really matters in your life, now and forever. Revelation 7 gives us a
resurrection glimpse of that future so that we can live in its promise IN CHRIST certainly even
now.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your action on our behalf and the future reality of
brotherhood and life that comes by faith in You. May we strive to live up to what we already
have in Christ. AMEN.

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