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Week 46: We Win

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Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 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 21:1-7

In case you have not heard, I am a Georgia Bulldog fan. And for me it is not a casual endeavor. If you cut me, I bleed Jesus but the blood type is red and black. This week, I didn’t get a chance to watch the football game. But don’t worry because I know two things to be true. One…is that we won.  And two…I have DVR so I will be able to see the game. 

Now, one of my favorite things to do is to watch a Georgia football win that I have recorded. The reason that I love it is because there is nothing to worry about. When I watch the recording with my kids and the DAWGS fumble or fall behind they tend to freak out. But then I speak up and say, “don’t worry children…have faith…the Bulldogs will prevail.” And they look at me like I am a prophet.

The reason I can say that is that I know how it ends. No matter the highs and lows of the game, you can’t change the outcome that has already happened. Hopefully you are connecting the dots based on the Scripture that we read, but just in case….When things in my life are not going the way that I hoped that they would go I have to remind myself of how it’s all going to end.  According to Revelation 21, as well as many other texts in the Scriptures, we know that we are on the winning side. There will come a day when all things will be made new. There will come a day when every tear will be wiped away and all of our sorrows will be long gone. There will come a day when we will be united with our Heavenly Father and all of the brokenness of this world will pass away. Folks I have good news, I have read to the end and WE are on the winning side. 

So when things at work have you feeling anxious remind yourself that your work does not define your future, your Heavenly Father does. When your relationships are causing you stress remind yourself that your friends and family and spouse do not define you or your future, your Heavenly Father does. When your health is less than perfect, remind yourself that this temporary physical body does not define you, or your future…your Heavenly Father does. 

Now, I am not saying these things are not important. They are very important. They would stir in us all sorts of feelings and drive us to some pretty serious prayer. I am saying that there is not a circumstance in this world can throw at us that has the final word. God and God alone has the final word.  And His final word to us is SON. 

The fact that we are sons of the Cosmic King of the Universe means that we inherit all that is His. Can you imagine how our lives would be different if every single day we reminded ourselves that ultimate reality for all who believe is no more tears, no more pain, no more death, no more mourning and no more regret.  And even better than that we get an unfiltered unhindered relationship with God Almighty.  When we begin to believe that not only as a cognitive truth for the future but also a heartfelt reality for today, I believe that we will experience a peace that surpasses understanding. 

And that understanding will lead us to continue to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Amen