04.4 Revelation – Incomprehensible Eternal Presence

Incomprehensible Eternal Presence

In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizon passed Pluto sending amazing photos back to Earth.  With it, there were numerous news stories attempting to explain the size and scale of the mission.  It is hard for us to comprehend since New Horizon was traveling at speeds upward of 36,000 miles per hour and it still took 9 years to travel the 3.1 Billion miles to Pluto.

As CBS News wrote, “Imagine the sun the size of a quarter on the goal line of a football field.  Now imagine all of the planets stretched out in a straight line from the sun.

Earth, just 0.009 inches across at this scale, would be positioned around the three-yard line. Mighty Jupiter, just one tenth of an inch across, would be “orbiting” inside the near red zone just past the 15-yard line. Ringed Saturn would be just inside the 30. The outer gas giants, Uranus and Neptune, would be orbiting on the opponent’s side of the field, 57 and 90 yards from the sun.

Pluto would be an invisible speck one thousandth-of-an-inch across 18 yards beyond the opponent’s goal line. At this scale, the next nearest star would be some 458 miles away.”

Yet, Jesus is bigger.  The letter to the church of Smyrna points out that Jesus is the first and the last, who died and came to life again.  He is across all space and time.  All things were created through Him and He is present, everlasting, in all eternity. He is one of the three persons of the Eternal, all Knowing and all Powerful God.

In the vastness of that eternal space and time, our entire existence, not just you or me, but all mankind since the creation, is immeasurably small – smaller than a single vibration of a soundwave.  Talk about blinking and missing it.

Yet. Yet, Jesus is present fully in our here and now.  His love and presence is so big that He is fully in the smallness of our lives.  And His presence is so great, that He does not consider it small.

He became lower than the angels to walk this earth only to die for our sins.  He chooses to hear and answer our prayers.  He chooses to stay active in creation and He cares deeply and fully about each and everyone one of us during each and every moment of each and every day.

Mind – Blown!

My Answers:

11.
who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again
Jesus is eternal – He is a person of the Trinity for ever.  He is the first and last of the earth (at the beginning and the end).  He is the one who saved mankind by dying and coming back to life.

12.
a.
your afflictions and your poverty – yet you are rich.  He knows about the slander of those who claim to be Jews but are not God’s chosen people but of the synagogue of Satan

b.
Difference between man’s view and God’s view.  They lacked earthly resources, but they had abundance of spiritual resources.  They did not have earthly savings, but they had treasures in Heaven.

04.3 Revelation – Getting Out of the Rut

Getting Out of the Rut

Jesus said to the Church of Ephesis, “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen!

I don’t think this means they had forsaken Christ nor that they had stopped loving Him.  Clearly from the previous commendation, they still were active in the church He held in His hand.  They continued to seek the truth and endured without growing weary.  But they did not love in the same way they once had.

Many Christians have experienced this.  There is the first excitement as the Holy Spirit pours into their life and they shake off the bondage and despair they held before in exchange for the hope and promise of the good news of the gospel.

But, day to day life the progresses.  They travel the same paths.  The routine of their life begins to form paths, which over time form ruts along those paths, until the are bottoming out in the ruts of life they have made.  Most of us have been on that path.

But that is not the life Jesus wants for us.  But it requires a change on our part.  Each day, Christ would have us take a new path.  We may drive the same way, we may do the same work.  But the Christian life is not about these things it is about souls.  Along that same drive we will encounter different people.  At work we will transact and talk with different people or, even if it is the same people, their life will have changed from the previous day.

Do you start your day by asking God to open your eyes to the person you are to witness to today?  You may witness to them by discussing Christ with them, by praying with or for them, or maybe by refraining from the anger you would like to show when they cut you off or mistreat you.

In life we will get on the wrong path.  Rarely, if ever, will we have the strength on our own to get out of that rut and change direction.  More commonly, if we try to do it on our own, we fall right back into the same (or a deeper) rut.  It is only by the strength and love of God that we can truly repent.

You are a fully forgiven, eternally living, child of God who has been invited to do what Adam and Eve were prohibited from doing – to eat from the tree of life and live forever with and walk with your creator.  Does your life reflect that?

My Answers:

7.
You have forsaken the love you had at first

8.
a.
To put time with God at the beginning and end of every day.  To stay in His word daily and carry it in our thoughts, in our words and in our actions.  To let the light of His holiness shine through us.  To walk in the light not hide in the shadows.

b.
Willingness to lay down my own life, interests, priorities and desires to serve the Lord in what ever way He calls me.

9.
1. recognize you are on the wrong path   2. confess   3. with God’s power, turn back
My lack of self discipline in many areas of my life (diet, exercise, time management) reduce the days I have to serve Him

10.
a.
After sinning (by eating from the one forbidden tree) man was not allowed to eat of the tree of life (he lost his rights)
Jesus is giving man back the right to eat from it and live forever

b.
It means that every sin and all sin have been erased.  Man will be restored to the garden to live and walk with God and live forever.