The reading for today is Revelation 11:15-19.
Key Verse: Revelation 11:15
Written in a desperate time for Christians, the Book of Revelation, full of terrors and dreadful things, is difficult to understand. In the middle of the book we read about the seventh angel and the seventh trumpet bringing us a timeless message that all people should long to hear:
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His
Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 11:15b
More terrible things were on the way, but Christ through the angel was encouraging men of all times to look beyond the present and see what God has promised as the climax of His story, the eventual presentation of Jesus in all of His glory.
Today, we see our world, our nation, our cities and communities full of turmoil and evil. It is difficult for many of us to imagine that our churches now need security plans, but we see and hear about the religious persecution even in our own country. We can, in a small way, identify with those early Christians. However, when we see that God's message remains the same to us as it was to them, we are given hope to which we can cling through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Just imagine...the seventh angel blows his trumpet, loud voices shout down from heaven, “This world now belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ and He will reign forever.” That is our hope, our joy, our future as children of God!
During this Lenten season, may our focus be a re-examination of ourselves, resulting in personal repentance and the determination to do and be all that we can to bring love to and respect for one another.
Our Father God, help us to remember that You are a God of love, who desires our repentance, not our destruction. Through your precious promises, we find hope and peace.
Sarah (Sally) Starr Messmer
Prayer Concern: For those who see only darkness and need to hear that belief in Jesus Christ, can bring blessed hope and light to their lives.