Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 31 Scripture Selection: Revelation 22
Food for Thought: Rev. 22:7, 12, 20, 21
There are people who have completely dismissed the idea of Jesus returning soon or of the events mentioned in the book of Revelation. They scoff and say, “That’s what people have been saying for two thousand years, and nothing has happened, so eat, drink, and be merry. He’s not coming back anytime soon.” To warn of such an attitude, in Matthew 24:45-51 Jesus relates a parable contrasting the good servant and the evil one as they wait for the master to return from a trip. The faithful servant is well-rewarded, but there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth” for the other.
Second Peter 3:2-4, 8-9 also advises us to be mindful of the prophecies given to us and reminds us that the Lord keeps His promises and will return when the time is right: “that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’” “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” God doesn’t measure time in the same way that we do, but one thing we do know for sure, we are MUCH closer to the coming of the Lord than the prophets of the Bible were, and they said He was coming quickly. Scoffing at the thought of the return of Jesus is definitely a bad idea.
“7Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
12“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
The apostle John ends this amazing book of revelation in the best way possible: “Amen (so be it). Even so, come, Lord Jesus (not, “Oh no, Lord, don’t come back yet!)! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):