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Afterlife Day 19

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Scripture: Hebrews 12:22-24, 28  But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,  to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Devotional: Heaven is described in Scripture as both a city and a kingdom, a kingdom that cannot be shaken.  Throughout the history of the world, cities and kingdoms have lived under the threat of destruction.  It’s fascinating to read in Scripture and in history about all of the rises and falls of great armies and kings.  No matter how strong and unshakeable any given kingdom might seem, there has always been a time for its destruction by some ascending power.

There has never been a time without war.  It seems to be part of the corrupted landscape of humanity to dominate, oppress and subjugate others. 

But all this will cease when God brings Heaven to Earth.  No longer will people live in fear or oppression.  No longer will power struggles dominate humanity.  God is making all things new. (Revelation 21:5)

Reflect:

  • How do you imagine a life without the oppression and persecution of others, an unshakeable kingdom where the consuming fire of God reigns supreme?

Afterlife Day 18

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Scripture: Revelation 21:22-27 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.  The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.  On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Devotional: When you were a kid, were you ever afraid of the dark?  Perhaps you still are. Many people fear darkness, and rightly so, as not much good happens in the dark.  Evil seems to lurk there, malicious acts happen under the cover of darkness. 

But darkness is simply the absence of light.  And Heaven will be a place where light always shines.  There will be no darkness anywhere, ever.  The glory of God and the light of His Son Jesus Christ will illuminate everything.  No murky shadows, no lurking darkness will ever exist again.

It’s unfathomable really, to imagine what this will be like.  But in today’s reflection, do your best to envision this.

Reflect:

  • Think about all the beautiful things that light provides: warmth, direction, energy, etc.  What do you envision God’s light providing in Heaven?

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