October 26, 2020
Revelation 6:9-11
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.
New International Version (NIV)
                “I just believe in a God who does not judge but just forgives.”  Have you heard that?  If you have endured great loss at the hands of evil, you are much more likely to believe in and desire a God who works justice.

                In John’s vision of heaven, the martyrs are under the altar waiting for judgment against those who have killed them.  If John was the last Apostle alive at this point he may have seen some of his fellow apostles who were martyred for their faith.  More people are being martyred for their faith today than in the centuries before combined.  Will there be justice for those who have been wrongly harmed?

                John Stott observed that the prophets envisioned the “Day of the Lord” as both a day of judgment and a day of salvation.  When Jesus returns in the Second Coming, those who do not believe in him will be judged.  Those who do believe will be saved.   To be clear, God wants to forgive more than some want to be forgiven.  Will we receive his grace or experience his wrath? 

                So is the end of time good news or bad news for us?  It depends on our relationship with God.  If we are followers of Jesus, we will live with him on a new earth forever.  But if we are not, we will not.  May this be a day of introspection for all of us.  Let us so love Jesus that seeing him would be the best news of all.  Then when he comes, we will be ready for salvation.
Pray with me:         
Even so, come Lord Jesus.  Amen. 
Join us in memorizing the Word.  Scripture for this week:    
Matthew 7:11-12
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!  So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Our 2020 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations New Testament reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy at REPLICATE.ORG 
We would love for you to join us as we read the New Testament through this year, five chapters a week.  In addition I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  Use Robby Gallaty’s H. E. A. R. plan to study each chapter (also found at REPLICATE.ORG). Highlight verses which speak to you, explain what they mean in your own words in a journal, apply them to your own life, then respond by doing what God tells you to do.  

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