June 17th, 2007
Life seems to pass by so quickly. You hardly ever get an opportunity to pause and think about the bigger picture. But when you do look at the big picture, what does it say? Are you simply an elaborate cosmic accident, a product of the blind uncaring elemental forces of a universe which has no purpose and no meaning, or are you someone who has a specially designed role in a much grander plan, giving you life significance and importance? Is the highest purpose in life simply defined by the old Epicurean cliché, “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die,” or is there a higher purpose in life to be derived through serving others and worshipping God?
The Revelation to John — Chapter 22
22:1 The angel showed me the river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and the Lamb. 22:2 In the middle of the city’s street and on both sides of the river were the trees of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruits, yielding fruit every month. The leaves of the trees were used for healing the nations. 22:3 There will no longer be any curse. The throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 22:4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 22:5 There will be no night, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the sun, because the Lord God will light them. They will reign forevermore.
22:6 He said to me, “These words are reliable and true. The Lord God of the spirits of the prophets sent his angel to show his servants the things which will happen soon. 22:7 I am coming quickly. Blessed is anyone who obeys the message of the prophecy of this book.”
22:8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown me these things. 22:9 He said to me, “Do not do that! I am just a slave like you, your fellow believers, the prophets, and people who obey the message of this book. Worship God.” 22:10 He added, “Do not keep the message of the prophecy of this book secret, because the time is near. 22:11 Anyone who acts unfairly, can keep acting unfairly. Anyone who is dirty can stay dirty. Anyone who is righteous should keep being righteous. Anyone who is holy should remain holy.”
22:12 “I am coming quickly. I will be bringing my reward with me, to repay everyone for what they have done. 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 22:14 Blessed are people who wash their clothes. They will have access to the tree of life, and can enter the city through its gates. 22:15 Outside are the dogs, the witches, immoral people, the murderers, the idol worshippers, and everyone who loves and practises dishonesty. 22:16 I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Anyone who hears should say, “Come!” Anyone who is thirsty should come. Anyone who wants can take the water of life freely. 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, if anyone adds to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. 22:19 If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away that person’s share in the tree of life, and in the holy city, which are described in this book. 22:20 The one who has spoken these things says, “Yes, I come quickly.” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.
22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with everyone.
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