What an amazing way to end our journey through the New Testament this year, looking forward to the time when all things have been fully restored!
The Bible begins with a perfect garden, in which God communes each day with His people. The Bible ends with the exact same thing. The access to the tree of life, which Adam had been expelled from is now fully restored and becomes the centerpiece of the restored garden of Eden; the curse is over.
Vs. 12-13 are not a prediction of what Jesus will say in the future, they are His words for you right now at this very moment. He wants you to know that He is coming soon, and that His settlement is with Him. He will pay back everyone for what they have done, both the good and the bad. That means that as you make sacrifices for Jesus now, you will be rewarded for them in the everlasting world to come. That's a pretty good deal!
This chapter also has several verses dedicated to the importance of the words that John had written down as this amazing vision he experienced unfolded. This importance is exactly why we've made such a big deal this past year about reading God's Word each and every day. Of course the emphasis being made in this chapter are focused on the book of Revelation, but we know that God puts this same value on all of His Words, in both the Old and New Testaments.
Just because we've finished all 260 chapters now, it doesn't mean your reading habits need to change a bit. On Monday we'll start over again right where we started a year ago: Mark 1!
Prayer For The Day: Lord God Almighty, who was, and is and is to come, thank you for this amazing picture of your complete victory over sin and death. Thank you that through your grace I share in that victory through your Son. Thank you for the blessings you have given me as we have read together through the New Testament this past year, and equip and energize me for another year of learning and growing as I read. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.