Google+ 03/09/13 Good News Children, I'm Home!

Revelation 21:3-4

 

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people!

He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.

All these things are gone forever.” 

 

Do you need some good news today?  I hope so, because our Scripture today is full of great news!  The Bible, rightly so, talks about a lot of challenges and pain that occur to all of us.  The Scripture instructs us by sharing living, spirit-filled examples of what we should and should not do in Christ.  At all times, the prophets, apostles, and other Biblical writers must share God's truth with us and we often find it to be difficult.  The reason for this, is that the truth that we sometimes wish to ignore, can be very painful.  There is no greater Biblical example of this than the book of Revelation.  The first 18 chapters are as brutally painful as any other part of the Bible.  We find that John is constantly instructed by God to "write things down" because we need to know!  We must suffer through these 18 chapters to get to the final 4 chapters.  Then, as I promised, there is great news.  God wins!!!  And if we have chosen wisely, and are on His team, we win too.   Our Scripture tells us that God's home is finally among His people.  We hear the news that God will live among us for all the rest of eternity.  No more hearing God through the prophets or apostles.  No more necessity for communing with the Holy Spirit.  God appoints Jesus King, as He promised He would do.  The Kingdom that Jesus promised us during His death, burial, and resurrection has come!!!  We are now talking to God and Jesus directly.  Is it any wonder that our Scripture now proclaims that there will be no more crying, sorrow, or pain?  John tells us that those things are gone forever.  We need to understand why.  All of our crying, sorrow, and pain on earth, comes from the separation that Satan creates between us and God.  The horrible truth is that we allow this to happen.  That's why Jesus left us the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost to be our guide.  The Holy Spirit is our earthly key to staying intimately connected to God, here on earth.  But the Bible book is called "Revelation," and John gives us a big one in our Scripture today.  Nothing will be the same as being in direct personal contact with God and Jesus.  So until then, as Paul says, "run the race."  Stay connected to God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Work hard in His Kingdom every day and pray without ceasing.  It is your only hope of defeating the darkness that comes between us and our Heavenly Father.  Even if you do all this and tell Satan to "be gone," don't expect "heaven on earth."  As the popular Christian song proclaims "I'm not home yet," and "I'm not where I belong!!!"  Take heart in the fact that all the crying, sorrow, and pain will soon be gone.  One of these days, God's "Welcome Wagon" will pull up in your driveway in the person of Jesus.  When He does, the message will be just two words that we all long to hear.  God will say, through His Son Jesus Christ, "I'm Home!!!"