Tragic events happen. Yesterday I went to the funeral for a young man, just 31 years old. There were unanswered questions about his death, but the service provided a message of hope.
Thirty-four years ago, my son passed away after a two year battle with leukemia. The pain of his death was searing. He had been in Awana for several years and had memorized Bible verses. A couple weeks before his death we talked about Revelation 21: 3-4
And I heard a loud verse 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, no crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
I am glad Steven attended Awana and I am grateful for the Bible study that I have participated in over the years. It has been a blessing to meet with women to study the Bible and pray. The Lord Jesus desires us to be in community, supporting each other.
The disciple, John, instructs us to have an eternal perspective. In his gospel he writes, These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31
John gives further instruction in his epistles, letters to the churches.
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we will see him as he is. 1 John 3:2
Since last September I have been studying the book of Revelation with women from my church. John’s visions demonstrate the spiritual battle on earth. We are in it, but there is an exciting contrast to the battle. The scenes of worship that take place throughout the book give us joy. We can look forward to the fulfillment of God’s plan.
And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. Revelation 22:7