Monday, March 26, 2012

Falling in Love with HIStory (cont.)

3.   HIStory is About Him Restoring Us (cont.)

Jesus is a King, but he is not the king that the people were looking for.  He went from being exalted to being condemned (crucify).  He hung on the cross for 6 hours.  Everything went black.  For several days everything is quiet.  But then Sunday morning comes.  Jesus reversed everything that happened in Eden.

Then as promised, he sends us the Helper.  That is the Holy Spirit.  Check out the Book of Acts.  His followers become light to the rest of the World.

His Mission is not carried out through a nation.  Rather, his Mission is delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit reigning in the hearts of his followers, the Church.  The church members come together to encourage and strengthen one another.  Peter and Paul are revealed as leaders of the Church.

Next, we are given the letters.  A large portion of the letters came from Paul.  These letters instruct us how to live as Christians.

Then, the Rest of the Story – Revelation.  Some would say that this is the scariest part of the Bible.  Look at what Hollywood has done to the book.  In reality, it is the most hopeful book of the Bible.  It reveals that Jesus is coming back.

An example of this hope is illustrated in Revelation 5:9-10.  That passage reads:

And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.
The Book of Revelation is the end of the story.  It is not meant to scare, but to encourage.  The author was instructed to write it all down.  The words that he delivered are trustworthy and true.

He is making everything new. The book reveals that Jesus is coming soon.  Come, Lord Jesus, Come.

He wants us to read his book.  He wants us to fall in love with HIStory. And through it we will trust Him.

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