Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Lion and The Lamb

It is one of those "churchy" things.  We talk about the Lion and the Lamb.  I wonder how many people really know what it actually means?

Most people know why we use the the Lamb analogy for Jesus as Him being the sacrificial Lamb, but I'm not sure the Lion part is as far spread.  From what I gather, the Lion part comes in as Christ becomes our protector, showing his power and authority.  Christ will become our Lion in these last of days that John is looking into here in Revelation.

I really like how when (Rev 5:5) John is told to look at the Lion, he turns and sees the Lamb.  One in the same.  And, really, those are two characteristics that only Christ can pull off in one body. 

So, no real deep thoughts, but I love to just sit and think about how my Jesus does both of these things for me so well.  He has it all covered and that is so reassuring.

Monday, May 20, 2013

What I Learned from the Seven Churches

I have been on another blogging hiatus lately.  Not sure what my deal is.  I have been getting my reading in pretty regularly and God has given me some good things to think on.  I just haven't felt like blogging it out.  Lazy much?  Guilty.

Anyway, I finished reading through what Jesus shares with John about the seven churches in Asia and really thought on a few key themes through all of them.

1. We all struggle with staying strong in the faith in some seasons of life in some way, shape or form.  It looked different in the each of the churches Christ addressed (losing love, tolerating compromise and immorality, being lukewarm, etc.), but they were all struggles and each of which we can still easily face today.

2. When we fall away, Christ does not turn his back on us but desperately wants us to return wholeheartedly to His love and faithfulness.   He forgives us and calls us to return to His side.

3.  Those who stay strong in the faith will be greatly rewarded in heaven and He notices each and every battle we fight for Him no matter how big or small.  He calls us to stay faithful and to continue to fight and promises the return for our love and trust in His plan will be more than we can imagine.

I was kind of kicking myself for being so lazy and not blogging more frequently as I read these verses and chapters, but now that I look back, I wonder if I would have found these very important similarities had I been trying to see each church individually?  Sometimes God teaches us great things even when we aren't feeling very teachable.