Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - The Last Chapter

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

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Revelation 21:1-8

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
     "See, the home of God is among mortals.
     He will dwell with them;
     they will be his peoples,
     and God himself will be with them;
     he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
     Death will be no more;
     mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
     for the first things have passed away."

And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true." Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."

The Last Chapter

Image result for reading the last chapterI really enjoy reading, but I’m not the kind of guy who’ll read the last chapter first. You see, I want to be surprised by the story, by the plot twists and turns; therefore, I don’t want to know anything about the ending before I’ve gotten through the beginning. As a matter of fact, I’m so focused on surprise that I won’t even read the summary on the dust jacket or on the back of the book. I’ll tell you, sometimes that just gives you too much information. And so, you can keep your reviews and spoiler alerts. I’d much rather approach a novel as a blank slate.

But having said that, I’m glad that we have the Book of Revelation and the passage we just read in particular. I mean, even though the complete story of humanity has yet to be written, at least from our perspective, it’s nice to know that our ultimate destiny was and is and will always be in God’s hands. And in spite of the fact that we all have some living to do before our end comes, I appreciate being able to face the future with a sense of peace, assured that in our end lies in a new heaven and a new earth. You see, although I like to be surprised by the books I read, when it come to our ultimate future, it’s great to understand the last chapter.

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