Lent Devotional: Revelation 22:1-5

by Jonathan Haefs

*This is the last devotional as this is the final day of the season of Lent. Thank you for taking this journey with me. Join us tomorrow for our Easter celebration at SVCC 10:30am. Everyone is invited to bring bread (no nuts) to place on the communion tables before the service. Also, don’t forget to bring flowers to place on the cross. I hope to see you tomorrow.

Revelation 22:1-5 (click here)
No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:3-5)

Reflection
No more night…no more darkness.

Today is Holy Saturday. You know…that day between Good Friday and Easter. We never think about this day. It had to be the darkest day of the disciples lives. Jesus was dead…in the ground, buried, not coming back, it is finished…dead.

At least that is how things looked from the disciples perspective.

And, if we’re honest, that is how things often look from our perspective. Our lives almost feel like one giant “Holy Saturday.” Jesus is “gone,” not really, but we cannot see him. And, we find ourselves living in a world covered in darkness. All seem hopeless.

At least that is how things look from our perspective.

But just like Christ had promised the disciples a resurrection…he has promised us a return. He will come again to banish darkness once and for all! Revelation 22 envisions an eternal day in which God himself is the unending light and there is no more night for the brightness of his glory never fades and never fails!

All things accursed will be dealt with, done, finished, gone…and all things made new. And, we shall know eternal joy in worship of him! Our long “Holy Saturday” will give way to an eternal Easter of sorts…for WE will see his face!

The one who has been hidden from our sight, will be the very light by which we see him in all his glory! We will see HIS face!

We WILL see his face! Think of it…can you even begin to imagine it…to fathom it…to grasp it! No matter the darkness we face within this world, we hold onto the promise of his return that is guaranteed by his resurrection. We hold onto the promise of that the night is temporary and the eternal light is coming to cast it out forever. We hold onto the greatest of all promises…

WE WILL SEE HIS FACE!

*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

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