December 31

If Jesus could say 2,000 years ago when Revelation was written, "I am coming soon," how much more can He say today? Of course, God's understanding of the quickness of time and our understanding are quite different. Yet, the words of this Revelation are "trustworthy and true." Christ is coming back. "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!" View Passage

December 30

In that city all that is needed comes from God and the Lamb. When the new heaven and new earth comes, God will provide all we will need. Especially singled out is light that replaces darkness. In the present time darkness provides a covering for all sorts of evil and danger. Then, no danger will lurk and no evil will threaten the lives of His people. View Passage

December 29

Words cannot really paint a picture of what God has in store for those who love Him. In that day when His creation has been completely renewed, we shall live with the Lord. That experience is here likened to a wedding of a bride and bridegroom and also to a great city, New Jerusalem. No two people can live as close to one another as a husband and wife. No city in ancient times or modem could be as beautiful and pleasant as this one. God's purposes are now completed: He dwells with men and they with Him (verse 3). View Passage

December 28

To get a white shirt or dress clean you need a good detergent or bleach. But nothing like that can make us pure before God. Only the blood of Christ, which was shed on the cross, can "wash" us clean of the stain of sin. The One who has cleansed us (that is, if we have faith in Him as Saviour) has become our Shepherd who looks after us. One day He will take us to be with Him, and all the troubles that cause them will then be gone (verse 17). View Passage

December 27

The four horsemen bring with them war, famine, and death. The sixth seal broken brings upheavals in nature. These are word pictures of God's punishment upon evil men. God is not just a nice, old grandfather in heaven. The Lamb of God is not just a harmless creature. God will judge men according to how they have lived their lives. The Lamb is One who carries out divine vengeance on those who are heedless of God's gospel (2 Thessalonians 1: 7-9). We humans will either suffer God's punishment or experience eternal life. The deciding factor, is whether or not we have Christ as our Saviour. View Passage

December 26

When John heard the elder say, "The Lion of the tribe of Judah has won the right to open the scroll," he probably expected to see a great roaring beast with a yellow mane. Instead he saw a little lamb. Not even a sheep, but a lamb. And not a lamb for making money, but a lamb that had been killed. We might have thought that God would send armies of angels in glorious array to fight the enemies of Satan, sin, and death. Instead, we see a solitary Man nailed to a cross, bleeding and dying. Jesus is worthy because He alone is the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world (John 1:29). View Passage

December 25

Ages ago angels praised God for sending His Son into the world to be its Saviour (Luke 2:14). In today's passage the four living creatures and the 24 elders praise God in heaven. The Christian life may be summed up as a life of thankfulness for what God has done for us through Christ, His Son. On this Christmas day let us pray: Father in heaven, thank You for the greatness of Your love in sending Your Son to be my Saviour, and thank You for the greatness of Your power in taking away the punishment of my sin and giving me eternal life with You. Amen. View Passage

December 24

The Christians in Laodicea had fooled themselves. They really were the opposite of what they thought themselves to be (verse 17). We may do the same. Are you viewing yourself in the mirror of God's Word or in one of your own making? Jesus still is knocking. He wishes to enter your life as the Saviour and the Lord that He is (verse 21). He will save you if you have not yet received eternal life through faith in Him. He will correct and train you to be His disciple if you have once been saved but have strayed from Him (verse 19). View Passage

December 23

Christians may stray from the Lord's ways so much that their daily life with God withers up. The church in Sardis was like that. The Lord commands us to remember His teaching and put it into action. Other Christians have only a little power but they have done all they could in fulfilling God's commands. The Lord has great blessing in store for them (verses 11-12). Are you like the Sardians or the Philadelphians? View Passage

December 22

The church in Ephesus did good but lacked love. The church in Thyatira had love but was weak at one key point: it put up with a wicked prophetess who was leading people into sin. Love is not just having a nice feeling about everyone and everything they do. The One who said, "Love your enemies" also said, "If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). View Passage