Can you imagine the worlds most brilliant person that ever lived, renowned for his/her knowledge and wisdom calling you and saying “I’d like to meet with you and share a few things?” The person that government heads clamber to spend even a brief moment of time in their presence. The person whose words of knowledge and wisdom unlock untold things that have been unknown or unresolved for centuries. A person so incredible in the depth of their knowledge and wisdom that they are almost worshiped by all of mankind across people groups, across religions, across political divides.
This person described doesn’t even hold a drop in the ocean of comparison of who our God is.
Our God of Genesis 1:1 that was the only one present “In the Beginning…”
“We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text:No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it— What God has arranged for those who love Him. But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 MSG
Wow, what a meaty, hit you in the gut passage! I read it today in my devotionals. Chewing on it an hour later.
Take a few minutes to re-read it.
The other night I read Julia a portion of her new children’s Bible (The Jesus Storybook Bible). She had been asking some questions lately about heaven. The final story in the book gives a summary of Revelation 1, 5, 21 and 22. As I read it, I couldn’t help but cry as I talked about John having a beautiful dream of the future. I know it’s a bit long but worth the read. And if you are in a place you can, I challenge you (that’s a nice way of saying I double-dog-dare you!) to read it out loud. Read it, and hear it. It’s life changing, spirit sharpening, overwhelming, mind-blowing and exciting all at the very same time. Because it’s God’s message to us, His Children. As real today as the day John wrote it.
“John was one of Jesus’ helpers. He was old now and living on an island, which might sound nice except it was a prison. (The Leaders put him there to stop him from talking about Jesus, but I’m sure you don’t think a little things like being in a cell, in a prison, on an island, in the middle of the ocean, could stop God’s Plan, do you?)
One morning, Jesus appeared – right there, in John’s cell. Jesus’ eyes were bright, shining like the sun. “I am going to show you a secret, John,” Jesus said, “about when I come back.” His voice was like the sound of rushing waters. “Write down what you see so God’s children can read it, and wait with happy excitement.”
Then Jesus gave John a beautiful dream – except John was wide awake and what he saw was real and one day it would all come true…
I see a throne, And on the throne is a king. And the King is Jesus. All around the throne people are bowing down. They are giving him their treasures.
There are loud cheers and clapping, clapping and bright laughter like a thousand waterfalls and everyone bursts out singing a new song….
…”This is our King! The Lamb who died, so we don’t have to – our Rescuer. All Honor and Glory! Forever and ever.” And every creature everywhere, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, joins in.
From all around
S i l e n c e
And I see Satan – God’s horrible enemy – thrown down, defeated.
I see a sparking city shimmering in the sky glittering, glowing – coming down! From heaven. And from the sky. Heaven is coming down to earth!
God’s city is beautiful. Walls of topaz, jasper, sapphire. Wide streets paved with gold. Gleaming pearl gates that are never locked shut.
Where is the sun? Where is the moon? They aren’t needed anymore. God is all the Light people need. No more darkness! No more night.
And the King says, “Look! God and his children are together again. No more running away. Or hiding. No more crying or being lonely or afraid. No more being sick or dying. Because all those things are gone. Yes they’re gone forever. Everything sad has come untrue. And see – I have wiped away every tear from every eye!”
And then a deep, beautiful voice that sounded like thunder in the sky says, “Look I am making everything new!”
It was hard to squeeze all John saw into words. And fit it onto a page. And cram it into a book. All the words on all the pages of all the books in all the world would never be enough.
“I am the Beginning,” Jesus said, “and the Ending!”
One day, John knew, Heaven would come down and mend God’s broken world and make it our true, perfect home once again. And he knew, in some mysterious way that would be hard to explain, that everything was going to be more wonderful for once having been so sad. And he knew then that the ending of The Story was going to be so great, it would make all the sadness and tears and everything seem like just a shadow that is chased away by the morning sun.
“I’m on my way,” said Jesus. “I’ll be there soon!”
John came to the end of his book. But he didn’t write “The End.” Because, of course, that’s how stories finish. (And this one’s not over yet.) So instead, he wrote: “Come quickly, Jesus!”
Which perhaps, is really just another way of saying…
To be continued…”
(The Jesus Storybook Bible)
Paraphase of John 1:12-13
“For anyone who says yes to Jesus
For anyone who believes what Jesus said
For anyone who will just reach out to take it.
Then God will give them this wonderful gift:
To be born into A whole new Life
To be who they really are
Who God always made them to be –
Their own true selves-
God’s dear Child.”
As we share our journey and what God is speaking to us along the way, our hope is that you choose to be born into new life. To be who YOU really are, who God made you to be fully. Maybe you once were, but the you of today looks anything but a new creature, God can change that and transform that too.
Today can be your day to become a Christ follower. You can have relationship with “I Am”.