November 21, 2015

Today you should read: Revelation 22:6-21

“REVELATION—NOTE ON 22:10–15 Prohibition of Sealing the Book, Promise that Jesus Is Coming Soon, Promise of Blessing.“John must not “seal” his prophecy as Daniel did his, because the fulfillment of John’s visions was temporally “near” to his first-century readers, as it is to believers 20 centuries later. The assurance that, when Jesus comes “soon,” he will bring blessing to believers and judgment to rebels, should motivate believers to perseverance and purity.” (ESV Study Bible Notes)
I know it is difficult to make sense of many of the visions in the book of Revelation. I know it can be tough to understand the meaning of the prophesies and how they will come about. The truth is there is some gray area’s and many faithful bible scholars have differing opinions on a lot of it. However, one thing that is very clear from this book that sums up most of the Bible is Jesus wins and He is coming back!
Jesus’ victory on the cross and the promise of his return validate all promises of scripture. That means that the grace and righteous identity we get through the redemption of his blood is true! It also means that those who do not know him will perish in a Christless eternity called hell. In a world full of confusion the Bible brings concrete truths that simplifies and brings wisdom when sin offers chaos and confusion. The key to freedom and peace is not through logic, it’s not through riches and it is not through circumstantial prosperity. Freedom comes from faith in Jesus Christ.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery (Galatains 5:1)
Are you free?

Posted by: Chad Wiles

November 20, 2015

Today you should read: Revelation 22:1-5

I can’t believe this is my final post here at Jumpstart, at least on our first round through the Bible. Crazy to think that we started going through God’s Word together in this format back in January of 2011. It has stretched me, encouraged me, and fueled me. I pray it has done the same to you. What was your favorite book we went through? Can you think of a major lesson the Lord taught you through a passage or a post? We’d love to know.

Today’s reading is a huge encouragement. It’s almost paralyzing to consider what the world will look like without the marring effects of sin. We see a picture of a river of life. We see a global idea as well: the healing of the nations. We also see a tree that is life-giving, the antithesis to the tree that Adam and Eve sinfully pursued. More than any of this, though, is that we see the unending glory of God. I long for this. Do you?

Here’s my final challenge to us Jumpstarters in light of Revelation 22: PREACH THE GOSPEL. Preach it to yourself. Preach it to your friends and family. Support those who preach it to the uttermost parts of the world. Don’t let anything hinder your commitment to the proclamation of God’s salvation. Reading something like this should cause us to desire that everyone we know join us in such a paradise.

Thanks for being a faithful church family. Thank you for loving the Bible. Blessings on your day, my friends.

Posted by: Todd Thomas

November 19, 2015

Today you should read: Revelation 21:9-27

If you are a believer, then our scripture passage today should bring joy to your heart, excitement, and wonder at the future home all believers will dwell in one day with our Lord and Savior! The description of the holy city is breathtaking even to read and one can only imagine what the actual manifestation of the New Jerusalem will entail. Its walls, gates, streets and everything in it radiate with the glory of God because His dwelling place will be there with His people! His glory will light the city and the sun will no longer be needed. All the nations will give Him all the glory and honor that He deserves. Everything in the City of God will be holy as He is holy.

[27] But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

In light of current events in our world it is almost unimaginable to think of a place where nothing evil could ever penetrate; yet that is exactly what the New Jerusalem will be like. Nothing evil, detestable, false, or anti-Christ will ever enter into God’s Holy City! The gates will never be shut because there will be “neither foe nor night to assist hostile invaders.” (ESV Study Bible)

Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will be found there. Only those who have truly submitted their lives to the salvation and Lordship of Jesus Christ will dwell there. It will be a place of worship where God’s glory is manifest every day and true joy will exist forevermore.

Psalm 16:11 11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

So, as I said in the beginning of this post. If you are a believer today, these passages should fill your heart with joy at the future home that awaits you. But, it should also fill your heart with urgency for those whose names are not yet written in the Lamb’s book of life because it is clear that they will not be let into this holy city. Their eternal destination will be one of unending torment, darkness and evil. Spend some time today praying for the lost people in your life and for an opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus with them.

Posted by: Matt Mofield

November 18, 2015

Today you should read: Revelation 21:1-8

As I read this passage it’s hard not to think about what happened in Paris this past weekend and what we continue to see around the world. Sickness and pain are running rampant. Terrorism and dictatorships rule much of the world and grasp us with fear and uncertainty of the days to come. I hope and pray that, as we deal with these issues as best we can and prepare ourselves for the worst, we remember a few things from today’s passage.

  1. Heaven is coming to earth

We know it is clearly not here now but we can trust that God’s word is true and that this very vision John had will, one day, be a reality for us. There will be a day, possibly soon, that the old heavens and old earth will pass away and God, in His glory, will come down to be with us forever.

2. God is coming to earth

Now, we know He is every where and we know He is here now, living in among His people. When I read verse 3, there seems to be a sense that this dwelling is different. It is much like what we saw and heard when Jesus came down to be with His people. God is moving back into our neighborhood, this time for good.

3. Everlasting peace is coming

Verse 4 is one that we all know and love. The image of peace and joy here moves the heart like little else does. Tears will be gone. Death will be abolished. Mourning and pain will be erased. God will make everything new, as it was intended. Man will be perfected, God will walk among them and we will live in an eternal state of peace and joy as we have never known before.

As you think on the pain of our days here on earth, lost loved ones, harmful words, broken relationships and the like, remember these words and these promises. The day is fast approaching, hold fast to that hope.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd