The Bible is important to those that read it often. The teachings therein, plus Jesus’s own words are so powerful, even to cut people to the heart. I know this to be true for I love reading God’s Word. Studying it daily is food for my soul. And one such chapter that lives in me is Revelation 22. It speaks to my soul and renews my faith in Jesus, my Lord, and my God. And so we will read some of these verses together. Jesus said, 1“he that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” (Revelation 22:11-15) Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Lord God, and the judge of all mankind. Whosoever dies in their sins, will remain this way for eternity and be judged this way. The same can be said who dies with the righteousness of God in them. The Lord Jesus’s reward is for those who listen and obey His commands. These people are able to enter through the gates of the New Jerusalem and eat of the tree of life freely. Everyone else will be cast out of God’s presence. These verses hit a chord for me and I only want to live for Jesus now. He is my God and don’t want to go anywhere but the place He prepares for his devoted followers.
As we continue reading, we learn more about Jesus and His second coming. It reads, 1“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:16-21) Jesus is also the bright and morning star and our bride. Every person that comes unto Him will be saved and enter into a rest where there is no more thirst. Our Lord is coming, but any person who is filthy or unjust in His sight will not be welcomed by Him. Even people who changed God’s Word to their own liking will also not inherit the kingdom of God, for their names are removed from the book of life. As for God’s elect, we can’t wait for Jesus’s return. In unison, we say, “come Lord Jesus”. Our lives will be complete when He is finally with us all in physical form. This is my ultimate wish, to enter His rest come death or at His coming. Nothing else means than to be with Jesus, who is my God, for all eternity.
Let us pray:
Lord, I love and honor You. You are my God and I worship You today and forever. Thank You for saving me from a life of filth, and into a life of righteousness. There was only darkness in my life, but You came and scattered it all while ushering in Your bounteous light. I am not alone any longer, for You are right there with me now. Wow, I am so blessed. How could the God of the heavens and earth desire to be a part of my life, when there are billions of people on earth? I am like a spec of sand on the seashore and still, You have come and made a place in my soul. How great is our God? I cannot comprehend Your power and might. All I know is that I am safe when You are near, and I don’t want anything else but to have Your presence with me. Never do I wish to fall deep into sin again, but to always be found doing Your will for mankind. So Jesus, my Lord, who is the Alpha and the Omega, please hear my prayers. I need You to be my guide. Every day, as I have new breath come and take my hand and lead me into green pastures. Don’t allow me to fall under temptation and sin, but keep me in Your arms forever. I believe in You, Jesus. I know that only You can take me into heaven. So I put my trust in You. Every day do I look to You for answers to my problems and for Your wisdom. This life is hard and only with Your direction can I know where to go when all seems lost. I know that one-day things will be much better when You return or in death. Then, can I be in Your presence for all eternity and not have to worry anymore about being sick, sorrow, being thirsty or hungry, being tempted, or death. All of life’s problems will finally be over. I can’t wait, Lord. So come Jesus. I am here waiting for You. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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