Week 44 4/02/2017
Title of drawing: "His Nearness is Our Only Good" (Revelation)
The book of Revelation is full of imagery. It reveals a future glimpse into a very thorough process of destruction and judgement: warfare, plagues,and famine. At one point even birds are commanded to feast on the flesh of those who oppose Jesus and the kingdom of God. In short, justice comes and consequences are severe. But there is also a newness of creation to experience and a perfected relationship with Jesus to fully embrace. It is clearly not the end for those found to be with Jesus. John, the last eye witness to Jesus, was commanded to write these things down as he was given the privilege to foresee them in a dream.
Through the story of creation, the fall, redemption, and the last judgement the main character has been Jesus. In this life we may suffer but in Jesus we find comfort. Through out history and eternity the nearness of Jesus is and will always be our only good. It is my heart's desire to be faithfully found in a growing relationship with him because I have experienced his goodness, his love, and his forgiveness. We have a remedy to our sin and brokenness that we can proclaim to the world: Jesus suffered and overcame death for us so that through him we may discover the full definition of what it means to live. May we who know Jesus live in such a way that our friends and our enemies want to know him and receive the love and life God offers through him.
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