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The Day After

Revelation 5:12

In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

RayMcDOne Sunday not too long ago we mentioned in a sermon that Christians sometimes take Jesus for granted.  It seems to be human nature that if things are going well – at work – in our marriages – at church – in life – we tend to take Jesus for granted. Most Christians spend more time on their knees when crisis is at their doorstep than when life is good. When life is not going well – we tend to turn to Jesus more often and with more ease.

Attendance in most churches the Sunday after 911 was an indication (September 16, 2001) of what I just wrote.  I was pastoring a church at the time with an average attendance of about 300 give or take a few on any given Sunday. But the Sunday after 911 there were well over 400 in attendance. It seems that crisis brings us to Jesus. Attendance figures during World War II saw this same truth played out.  The Sunday after 911 week (September 23) – when life was still in an upheaval – but out of crisis mode – attendance was back to normal. It is the same thing with Easter it seems – attendance almost doubles for one week and then we are back to normal – and at times less than normal – because folks who do not attend every week all came on Easter. Attendance this past Sunday (September 11, 2016) was slightly above normal as we came to remember.

Because Jesus used the analogy of Christ as the Groom and the church as the Bride – I think the marriage relationship is a great way to understand our relationship with Christ.  I mentioned recently in a devotional that some of us may not feel the same way toward our spouses 5-10-20-30 plus years into the marriage as we did when we were first dating. When we were dating – it was not uncommon to spend our whole day thinking of our partner. It takes work and a right attitude to keep the fires going in a marriage (am I right?). The same can be said about our relationship with Christ. When folks first receive Christ – they can’t seem to get enough of Him. They want to read the Bible – pray – attend worship – Bible studies – and more – because they are like a sponge – wanting to absorb all they can about Jesus. This zeal can wane if we allow it – if we do not keep our hearts tuned into Jesus.

Scriptures like today’s help us stay tuned into Jesus. The scene is the throne room of heaven. All the dignitaries were there – the four creatures – the twenty-four elders – the Father. Yet no one was found worthy to open the scroll. No one could open the scroll that was before them – and they cried out.

Revelation 5:3-4 – 3But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.

Enter the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world – enter Jesus. Jesus – the One who loves us so.

Revelation 5:12 – In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Remember – Jesus is worthy!  He is worthy of our zeal – of our worship. Jesus desires our love and our attention. God is a jealous God – wanting to be first in our hearts and minds. Matthew 22:37 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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September 12, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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