The Well- The Greatest Name- August 12, 2022

Today’s weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing. Scripture- “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”- Revelation 22:13 Insight:   As Christians, we look forward to the promises of the coming power of Christ, […]

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Today’s weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing.

Scripture- “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”- Revelation 22:13

Insight:   As Christians, we look forward to the promises of the coming power of Christ, the time when His name will be restored above all things. He is the “Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Just reading those names gets me pumped up because it promises the hope we have that one day all that is broken will be restored. One day all who have suffered because of the mighty name of Jesus will be redeemed and brought into full fellowship with Christ when the new Heaven and New Earth are manifest into a reality that will never end, perish, spoil or fade. It will make all that we as Christians have endured seem as if it was simply a pothole in time on the way to streets that are paved with Gold, as Revelation 21:21 says. The Apostle Paul said it this way in Romans 8:18: “ I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” 

A lot of our hope is based on the 2nd coming of Christ because it is when He returns in power to right all the things that sin has marred on this earth. This earth is dying and fading away, and so we long for the renewal that will come when Christ returns in Glory. There is no doubt that sometimes following Christ in an increasingly secular world can be hard, and many times it truly feels like we are aliens here in a foreign land. As Paul said  in Philippians 1:23, we long to be home with Christ “which is better by far,” but we know we still have work to do in these earthly bodies while living on this earth, mainly to tell as many people as we can about Christ in the short time we have. But I honestly do long for all the mocking and smearing of Jesus’s name and of His followers to be finished and dealt with once and for all. It is tiring work trying to tell people about the greatest love that exists in the world, and the Only name that can save us from our sins in Christ Jesus, only to have that name mocked, ridiculed and shamed in most public forums, universities, places of work, news mediums, government and almost every other earthly institution that exists.

So do you know what I really long for and the hope that permeates my soul? Well, it is all written in Revelation 21:1-8 below. Let its power and promises overwhelm your sadness of the brokenness of this world with the glory of the restoration that is still to come:  “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.  Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Prayer: Jesus, we long for your coming return to the earth in power to rescue your people and restore all things that are broken due to humanity’s sinfulness. We are so grateful that You are just what the Bible says You are: The “Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Amen!

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