We are closing in on finishing our One Year reading of the Bible. It was a wonderful journey! Christmas celebrations also surround us. Soon my family will be visiting and I look forward to dwelling in unity with them!
In today’s reading of Jonah, Jonah almost drowns. It reminds me of when I was a little boy “swimming” in a lake and I stepped into the deep end. Panic ensued. I could see the surface but I could not get back to it. But my mom reached down and pulled me up. As a little guy my life was “brought up from the pit.”
As I am now “all grown up,” I may struggle to reach life’s surface in the deep end … When I desire unity with people, I do not always find it. When a good man dies in battle, and it is the battle of daily life, I grieve. When family and friends grieve over those they have lost this year, and yet have no answer of why, we cry.
In Revelation 5 John the Apostle is crying because for a moment in heaven, no one is found worthy – no one is qualified to open the sealed scroll in the hand of God. These verses remind me of struggling for the surface in the deep end. Yet read on and rejoice! Jesus overcame and the heavenly crowds proclaim, “Worthy is the Lamb!” And Jesus came up to the Throne of God and voluntarily took the scroll from his Father.
And because He alone is worthy to open each seal on that scroll …We can have peace. He is in control and all will be restored in heaven and earth. Unity with brothers and sisters will happen. A good man did die in life’s battle but in Jesus won the war. And those in Jesus we lost here will be with us in paradise for eternity. We are saved from our deep end! Scroll to the end of the Book say it with me, “Amen, Come, Lord Jesus!”