Well the good news is that my copy of Every Day with Jesus, ‘The Great I Am’, July/August 2013 arrived. Now, this new issue looks at the second book in the Old Testament – Exodus.
It’s reasonable, I think, to pause for a moment – as we review the last study of the previous issue, which look at the last verses, of the final book of the New Testament – Revelation. The reason for the pause, is to meditate on the fantastic fact that the whole of Scripture is one, unified story of God’s promise to save His people.
Revelation 22:12-21 (NIV): “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”
I liked Selwyn’s conclusion: “The safest position is to take God at His Word, trust in Jesus’ sacrifice for us on Calvary, and wait with earnest expectation for His coming. There is not much time left.
The final statement is a promise of grace. Grace means strength, divine enabling. There is no better way of gaining strength for the days ahead than to ponder the truths in this book. How else could John finish his book than with the simple affirmation ‘Amen’ Oh, Yes?”
The final message for all of us – is this; we must live our lives with the eager expectation that Jesus is returning – soon. There is always a sense of urgency in our work to make God known to a lost world, through Jesus. There is a great urgency in ensuring that we actively deal with the sin in our lives, constantly seeking the Holy Spirit’s help to create in ourselves – a pure heart.
I believe that Jesus is returning soon and I try to live my life in the light of this truth.