Worthy is the Lamb!

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11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” 14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. Revelation 5:11-14

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,

who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,
“they are before the throne of God

    and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
    will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
    never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
    nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
    will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
    ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”  Revelation 7:9-17

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. Revelation 22

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The Exalted Word

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Psalm 138:2
You have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word.

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.

Jeremiah 1:12 (ESV)
Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

1 Kings 8:56 (ESV)
Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (ESV)
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

Matthew 24:35 (ESV)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Psalm  119:89 (ESV)
Forever, O Lord, your word 
is firmly fixed in the heavens.

Isaiah 55:11 (ESV)
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 40:8 (ESV)
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

1 Peter 1:25a (ESV)
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

TRUST ATrust

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Wisdom Wednesday

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It’s Wisdom Wednesday! Every day is Resurrection Day when we know Jesus!

I pray that you will enjoy these quotes and images and share your thoughts on the glorious gift we have been given in Christ. Blessed is His Holy Name!

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Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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“What just happened?”

1 Peter 1.18-19

As I pondered Easter Sunday, the Spirit of God led me to thinking about what was happening in Jerusalem the day the tomb was found empty.

Now, we know the religious leaders were plotting. Matthew 28:11-13 tells us that the guards told the chief priests everything that had happened. They in turn met with the elders and devised a plan. The guards were paid off and told what to say, “Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.”

We know the disciples were scared and hiding. John 20:19 tells us that when Jesus appeared to the disciples, they were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews.

So, okay. We know about those two people groups. But what about all of those who were not so close to the circumstances surrounding Jesus death and resurrection? Surely, they experienced it but really don’t have their hearts and minds around what is taking place.

What are they thinking? I mean, there has been an earthquake, darkness has overtaken the sky, and the sun stopped shining. There is a report that the curtain of the temple being torn in two. According to Matthew 27:52, “tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.” WOW! What just happened?

A lot has taken place. Jesus was crucified, buried, and now he’s missing. Surely, there was some people who were flat out confused. In my mind, I can hear someone asking the question, “what just happened?” Please, somebody, help me understand what just happened!

It’s a great question. One that needs an answer, even today for some. I believe 1 Peter 18-19 is an excellent place of response:

God just paid the necessary “ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”

This was necessary because the wages of sin is death, separation from God. Romans 3:21

God so loved the world that He just paid its ransom.
God just paid our death penalty.
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“You thought I was to die for”

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So love and amazing grace and mercy!

Matthew 27:45-61 (NLT)

The Death of Jesus
45 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” 47 Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. 48 One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. 49 But the rest said, “Wait! Let’s see whether Elijah comes to save him.”
50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. 53 They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.
54 The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”
55 And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James and Joseph), and the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee.

The Burial of Jesus
5As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, 58 went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. 60 He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. 61 Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.

So love and amazing grace and mercy…WOW!

“They did what your [The Father’s] power and will had decided beforehand should happen (Acts 4:28).”

“This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross (Acts 2:23).”

“Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin (Isaiah 53:10a)”

“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father (John 10:18).”

“You thought I was worth saving so YOU sacrificed Your life.” Anthony Brown

Blessed is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!

Romans 5.8c

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