August 31, 2017

Worship the Coming King

Revelation 22:7-21

Look, I am coming soon! . . . I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

—  Revelation 22:12-13

In the last chapter of Revelation, Jesus tells us three times, “I am coming soon.” His work as the crucified and risen Lord will be completed; all things will be restored; and he will reign as King of kings forever.

When that happens, everything will once again be good. Revelation 21:1-4 tells us, “I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. . . . And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people. . . . “There will be no more death” or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’”

Jesus also invites us to come to him. He says, “Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”

Wherever you are today, and whoever you are, and whatever your past—no matter what your struggles have been, and no matter what your worries are about the future—Jesus invites you to come to him today. He has covered the cost of your punishment for sin, once and for all. He who freely gives us abundant and eternal life is calling you to come to him today.

Will you accept his call?

Father God, may our hearts be filled with joy as we join in singing songs of praise to you. You alone are worthy of all our praise, through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

About the author — John Van Schepen

Dr. John Van Schepen is a retired pastor who served churches in Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oregon and California. He and his wife, Willie, have been blessed with five children and several grandchildren.

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