Devotion and Prayer for Week of November 16, 2014

 

Meditation for the Week of November 16, 2014

  

And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

–Revelation 21:5-7

 

Jesus is the one who makes all things new; Jesus is the one who makes you new. You are a new creation in Jesus Christ. The old is gone, the new is here. Jesus took the old you with its sin and regret and hopelessness to the cross. When Jesus died on the cross, that old you died on the cross as well. When you were brought to the waters of Baptism, that “old you” was taken to the baptismal waters—sinful, harassed by the devil, destined for death.

But now, through Jesus, the new is here. He has made you new. When you were brought up from the Baptismal waters, what emerged was a new, perfect creation. The sin is gone. The death is gone. The devil has no hold on you. You are clothed with the white robe of Jesus’ own righteousness, and you are a light in this dark world, and you are ever watchful for Jesus’ coming. When Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he established you eternally. You are united with Jesus’ resurrection by faith. It is your resurrection now and it will be your resurrection anew on the last day.

For the day is coming when Jesus will return. He will return in great glory with angels and archangels and the entire host of heaven. Jesus will come with the regal blast of trumpets and the shouts of all the heavenly host. The sky will make way and every eye will see him.

When Jesus returns with unparalleled glory, he will begin his eternal reign by showing unparalleled kindness toward you. The King will notice your thirst and give you cool refreshing water. He will speak tenderly to you, speaking of his love for you and the forgiveness that is yours. He will show himself your mighty God, and he will love you tenderly like a favorite son.

The same God who created you and re-created you will return to bring you to where he is. Take heart! As our God resides eternally in the courts of heaven, there you will be with him for all eternity.

 

Our Weekly Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, so govern our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit that, ever mindful of your glorious return, we may persevere in both faith and holiness of living; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.