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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Imagine Yourself Before Him . . .

Hi Friends,

Today, I thought it'd be neat to share a few simple thoughts about Revelation 1:17-18. Here's how it reads:

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys to death and Hades” (Revelation 1:17-18).

Some Thoughts:

Imagine for a moment that you’re sitting in your favorite chair. One leg is tucked beneath you. Your Bible is in your lap, and your brand new copy of Beyond the Night (hee hee) is propped against your knee. Then, without warning, Christ himself is standing before you. His eyes are blazing like fire, his hair is as white at lightning, his waist sparkles with gold, his face is shining like the sun at high noon. What would you do? Would you cover your face, fall at his feet, jump up and hug him? John, the apostle who knew Jesus so well, the one who spoke of Christ’s love most often, chose option #2. He fell at Jesus’ feet as though dead.

His reaction shows us how incredible, breath-taking, magnificent Christ’s presence is. Yet Jesus calls us daily into his presence and tells us, as he told John, “Do not be afraid.” So, how can we take this call lightly? Think about the amazing privilege we have to be able to talk with the One who not only died on the cross for us, but who holds our very lives in his hands. “The First and the Last,” the “Living One,” the One who holds the keys of death and Hades – he is the One who calls you to spend time with him today, to tell him your concerns, to listen to his guidance. He is the One who longs to share with you what’s in his heart. He is the One who loves you. Wow, huh?


Rel said...

Wow is right, Marlo :) Thanks!