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Make Your Move

August 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Part of the Titus Arch – depicting Romans returning with their spoils after destroying Jerusalem and the Holy Temple.

I’m sure you’ve said the phrase, “I knew I shouldn’t have done that!”  It’s usually after you’re laying on the floor beside the ladder with the sticker on the second to last step that states DO NOT CLIMB ABOVE THIS STEP.  Or maybe it’s after that argument with a family member or coworker…just after those words flew out of your mouth while in your head you’re thinking ‘why am I saying this?’  Maybe it’s while you’re sitting on the side of the road with a car behind you…bright lights flashing…enough said.  Maybe you’ve said, “I knew I should have done that!” instead.  Like when you went to bed thinking I should go to the computer and pay that one bill … midnight passed and the creditor tacked on a late fee.  Or you find out that one of your friends needed some help … and for some reason you didn’t call them when they were seriously on your mind the day before.

Present day situation.  Did you hear of the man in Alabama who just before he drove off a cliff, texted this to a friend: “I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident.”  Now the man is alive, but with a crushed face, broken neck and a fractured skull.  He knew.  He knew ….but still went ahead.

Revelation is an uplifting book to those who know they are in the hand of God.  Yes, we may see tough times and persecution and there may be people against us…but in the end…we win!  It’s already determined who the trophy goes to.  Jesus.  However, throughout the book Christ continues to tell the churches and individuals who have an ear to hear, to start following and obeying or to start again.  They are without excuse.  These readers, who are soon going to experience a situation where their very lives are a stake, are encouraged to not worry about their lives if they are following Christ.

In Revelation 22:10-16, we get the picture that John is kneeling before two figures.  One – the angel who just told John not to bow to him (vs. 9).  And Jesus, who is now going to speak…almost as in wrapping up the whole vision John’s been privileged to see.  But, the point isn’t that John was just invited up to “see” what’s going on.  The point is to have John see…and record…and deliver this message to a group of people.  The message is simple too all of us and the readers in that age.  Jesus wins.  The message for those readers specifically was, there is trouble in the near future, but don’t worry.

But between the messages to those receiving churches and us today, we see a slightly bigger theme.  Remember the man in Alabama?  Knew he was in the danger zone when texting and driving.  The message the angel and Jesus gives here is…you now know what you need to do.  At the end, there is no second chance.  For many in that time…the end was very near as Rome’s plans to annihilate Jerusalem, and the Christians with it in 70AD, were well underway.  If they were killed then, and were a believer and follower of Jesus, they were safe even though they face physical death.  They still would overcome this world.  Today, when our last breath has been taken, it’s over.  The man in the truck had the chance to stop texting because he knew the present dangers it presented.  You know what you need to do with your relationship with Jesus.  Make your move towards Jesus before there’s no more moves to be made.

Love-Serve-Spread the Word,

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