Saturday, April 14, 2012

Cristus Victor

Cristus Victor

Imagine, in a blink everyone gets it. Jesus is Christ. He is the Lord, the Messiah. Those who thought they knew Him, but didn't except Him, will know. Those who hated Him, will know. Even those who never heard of Him will understand. Those that refused to believe He even existed will realize that they missed it. Everything will all make sense.                                                                       

Greg Ralston preached on the verses that spoke about the end times. In Philippians2:9-11 it tells us:
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
   and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
   to the glory of God the Father.

At that future moment everyone will know and understand. But in the here and now we need to work at loving, sharing, and proclaiming the love of God to everyone. How much is literal in our interpretations of what it will look like? I don't know, but to me one thing is clear.  Those of who know Jesus Christ need to be a force of love and witness to everyone we can. Not criticizing or demanding, but getting the message of the Gospel out in way that draws people to Jesus. To send out a scent of love and caring that is so strong and enticingly pleasant that they will want to find out more.                                                                                         

Revelation 7:9: 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. And they cried out in a loud voice:
   “Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

These people were martyrs during the great tribulation. Those that gave their life to Christ, literally. They lived for Christ proclaiming God's love and died refusing to  deny their belief and love for Him. Later in that chapter it speaks of God wiping all the tears from their eyes. I wonder if their tears are for the people they could not convince, or could not reach with the message of God's love?

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