Reading: Revelation 1: 4-8
Part of our experience of Holy Week was the grief of knowing that Jesus had to die for our sins. There is a personal connection for each of us to Jesus’ act on the cross. He not only died for the people’s sins who were living in His time, but for all sin of all people in all time. We are included, we have a share in the cross. Through the cross, we also have hope.
In the book of Revelation, John again reminds us that Jesus will come again. He writes, “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”. There is not a doubt that one day Jesus will return. The day is known only to God. So in the interim God brings us peace. He removes the guilt of our sin so that we may ever be kneeling at the foot of the cross with our eyes turned to Jesus, the light and love of the world.
John also reminds us that Jesus too offers us grace and peace each day. Because if His love for us, He frees us from our captivity to sin. Jesus calls us out of this life to a life lived in His grace and peace. He calls us into living an abundant life now, serving as priests working to build His kingdom here on earth.
To do so we must cast aside the disobedience that is within and strive to live the true life of faith that brings purpose to our days. Jesus said, ” I am the alpha and the omega, who was, and is, and is to come “. He is the beginning and the end and He is everlasting. For each of us to find God’s renewing grace each day and for us to have true life now, we must live with Jesus as Lord and Savior at the beginning of each day, at the end of each day, and at all times in between. May it be so.