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April 11 – Jesus Through the Pages Day 46

The 6-week period of Lent leads up to Easter and is a time for believers to really take in all Jesus did for us through his death and resurrection. This Lent, we are preparing by digging deep into Jesus’ character through the pages of the Bible. Our daily Bible readings will go from Genesis to Revelation searching for Jesus and who he is. Our study uses the SOAP method of Bible study to seek an application for each reading (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab). We have provided an example SOAP note below today’s reading. Join in this study by completing the daily readings and journaling using SOAP and you are welcome to use the Comments section at the bottom of our homepage to share or ask questions.

Jesus is the Omega (end).

Reading:

Revelation 21:1-7 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

SOAP Note

A Whole New World | Kathy Page

Scripture

Revelation 21:1-7

Observation

Here we have a description of what it will be like when we spend our eternity with Jesus!
Verses 1-2:  No longer any sea in the new heaven and the new earth – there will be nothing to harm or cause God’s people to fear, no chaos, death or evil.  Everything will be created ‘new’!  When John sees the New Jerusalem descending from heaven as well as a new earth, he is revealing that believers’ final destination is not heaven, but earth.
Verse 3: The dwelling place of God – His tabernacle – His immediate presence will now be on earth.  The Promise that God made to Abraham that all nations would be blessed in Him (they will be His people), is now fulfilled.
Verse 4: “There are no stonecutters in heaven chiseling epitaphs in glory, no graves on the hillsides of heaven, no obituaries, and no funeral processions” (W.A. Chriswell)
Verse 5: No more death, mourning or crying – A total reversal of the curses found in Genesis 3.  The tears that God will wipe away are not tears of shame or guilt, but tears caused by the pain, death, persecution, and other hardships that His people suffered on this present earth.
Verse 6:  It is done!  Just as God finished the work of creation and Jesus finished the work of redemption, so the Trinity will finish the entire plan of salvation by inviting the redeemed into a whole new world.
To the thirsty, the water of life – the fullness of life with God and the eternal blessings that come when we believe in Him and allow Him to satisfy our spiritual thirst!
I AM The Alpha and the Omega – indicating God’s absolute  sovereignty over all things.  He stands at the beginning of creation and now the end in a new creation.
Verse 7: Every individual who has overcome the world by faith  will inherit this whole new world.  This promise was made to Abraham. It is a provision for every saint, as is our eternal status as God’s children.  The rightful heirs to all the promises of God will have the privileges of rule and intimacy with our Father.

Application

As believers, we have this blessed hope and promise of an eternity in the Presence of God. Imagine a gathering of all of God’s people. No jealousy. No competition. No division. We will be perfect. Sinless.  And, imagine seeing God. Finally, to gaze in the face of our Father. To feel the Father’s gaze upon us. Neither will ever cease. This is His promise to us. This is our eternal inheritance. This whole new world. We wait in expectant faith!!!

Prayer

Father, we praise You that it was Jesus whose death and resurrection defeated the final foe and secured for us eternity with you.  We long for the day you resurrect our bodies and restore this world.  AMEN  even so Lord Jesus, quickly come!

The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.