My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Sunday, September 16, 2012
First Things Are Gone
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the
tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they
shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,
(Revelation 21:3 NASB)
and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
(Revelation 21:4 NASB)
John's vision is beginning to come to a close as he sees the new
Jerusalem coming down out of heaven. He realizes that what he is seeing
is something completely new and different from anything that has ever
existed. He has been living in the period of the "first things" and now
all of those are passing away. The first things included death, tears,
hurt, anger, mourning and pain. In the new Jerusalem none of these
will exist. Instead, God wipes away all the tears and comes down to
physically dwell with his people and a new era begins.
We do live in a world in which there is much pain and suffering.
The symbolism of tears expresses so very much. We live in a world in
which there is so much pain that the end result is tears. Even good and
faithful followers of Jesus Christ struggle when hit with illness and
unemployment. The result is that we cry out to God and wonder where he
is in the midst of it all. God is always there and he is always with us
-- but there is coming a day in which there will be no more tears, no
more doubts and God will be visibly present.
For the people of John's day life had spun out of control. The
persecutions for the followers of Christ had reached a fever pitch.
They had to look forward to the day when God would dwell here on the
earth. They knew that for them their death was imminent. We have
brothers and sisters in Christ, living in the world today, who are faced
with the same types of persecution. We may want to encourage
individuals to focus on the already of the kingdom of God, but when you
are looking death in the face, you are looking into God's future and you
begin to see things in a new and different light. They were waiting
with anticipation for the first things to be gone.
There will come a time in life when we too will look forward to the
day when all the first things are gone and that we will be able to step
into the new and experience the joy and peace of the presence of God who
will wipe away all the tears and pain. Until that day, we continue to
work in his kingdom and pray that we might be able to bring a little bit
of his peace and presence to the world in which we live. But we are
encouraged by having a small glimpse of the future which lies ahead,
when the first things will have passed away.
Lord, thank you for the promises and may we live in those promises with you on a daily basis. Amen.