The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of December 24-30, 2017, is Revelation 22:12-21. The final verses of the final chapter of the final book.
“Behold, I (Jesus) am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to the merit of his deeds (earthly works, faithfulness). I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End [the Eternal One].”
Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) are those who wash their robes [in the blood of Christ by believing and trusting in Him—the righteous who do His commandments], so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs [the godless, the impure, those of low moral character] and the sorcerers [with their intoxicating drugs, and magic arts], and the immoral persons [the perverted, the molesters, and the adulterers], and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying (deception, cheating).
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you and to give you assurance of these things for the churches. I am the Root (the Source, the Life) and the Offspring of David, the radiant and bright Morning Star.”
The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, believers) say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take and drink the water of life without cost.
I testify and warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book [its predictions, consolations, and admonitions]: if anyone adds [anything] to them, God will add to him the plagues (afflictions, calamities) which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from or distorts the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away [from that one] his share from the tree of life and from the holy city (new Jerusalem), which are written in this book.
He who testifies and affirms these things says,“Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus (the Christ, the Messiah) be with all [the saints—all believers, those set apart for God]. Amen. (Revelation 22:12-21, AMP)
We are left with a message of hope: Jesus is coming! Are you prepared?
Reflect back on all that you learned this year in our Bible study. Whether you have been with us throughout the entire year, started in middle, or just joined, we hope that you have increased your knowledge and become better prepared, but there is always more to learn! Next week, we begin anew our year-long Bible study. Join us once again as we delve into the Word of God and challenge ourselves. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, take comfort in the message of hope! Pray also that the Lord prepares you and opens your mind for another year of learning.