This book can be a confusing and confronting. But this chapter particularly struck a cord with me in light of this week's Sunday sermon. We have recently been hearing in our 1 Samuel series that we are made in the image of God, with eternal perspective, and that our lives face consequences after death. And this past Sunday this story continued with the message of living our lives in light of Christ, as a living sacrifice.
Revelation 20 paints a picture of what may be coming after death, that death is truly not the end. As a christian this chapter stirred two strong contrasting emotions for me. There is true joy and anticipation of our glorification with Christ. In the midst of a whirlwind of a confusing life in this broken world, I am reminded Christ is my only light and hope. This becomes a clarifying guidance as to how I should live out each day. Knowing that there is more to this life and so much to look forward to and take joy in. Our God is good.
Our God is also perfect, holy and just. Judgement is displayed in this passage, and as a finite human I struggle to fully comprehend the infinite nature of our souls and of our God - brining me sorrow for the loved ones around us. I pray that I won't stop at fear and sadness. But may this spur me to constantly pray for our friends and family, for those of our church community, for the nations and many that don't know Christ.
Remembering Philippians 1:18-30, let us take courage in knowing Christ, depending on him, labouring for the fruits of his kingdom though we live in the flesh, taking heart, for there is more to live for than what we see.