It is passages like these, Revelation 19, that cause me to cringe when I read about how powerful Christ is and how wonderful His love is and how unworthy I am to receive that love. These verses describe a rescuer descending from Heaven with all the armies of Heaven following behind. The images of white horses and warriors clad in fine white linen makes for some pretty incredible imagery. I can’t help but thinking about Gandolf and his armies from Lord of the Rings, obviously on a much smaller scale but you get the idea. Just the idea that such a great price has already been paid, Christ’s death, and that He has secured such a wonderful victory already even though it has not yet happened I am embarrassed by the way I live this life.
I just gave my wife a Pandora bracelet, guys if you don’t know what this is you should so look it up, and two charms for her birthday. It was the really big birthday in between 20 and 40 but I will let you guess the exact number. It was not a huge gift by any means, but for me it was pretty big. She is totally excited about it right now, but how would I feel if in three weeks I find it laying around the house and she has tossed it aside for something else? Very angry I can promise you. I would probably take it away and sell it on E-Bay or something. Yet everyday I do things that must look the same way to Christ. I have received a wonderful gift, the most wonderful of all possible gifts, and yet it gets overlooked everyday. I recognize I can’t live perfectly, but there are so many areas I find lacking. And yet I read these passages and I see my Savior coming down again to receive His bride. He has rolled out all the stops. His love knows no bounds, His grace is unparalleled, His mercy unlimited. Just seeing how far He has gone to rescue fallen humanity is humbling because I am part of that group. This lesson is part of a cumulative effort lately but God is definitely drawing me into a deeper relationship with Him. He desires more than a passing fist bump and He deserves my entire life. Lessons like these definitely bring all these issues to life for me. They are tough to process and painful to study, but worth every moment. At the end of the day, are you living with the end in mind? Do you actively think about what Christ really did for you? What he really offers a dead and decaying corpse? Its not only life later on, its real life right now. Join me this week in examining your walk and relationship with the Rider on the Pale Horse, the Savior Warrior Jesus is. Where is your life not living up to the price paid for it? How can you live each day differently knowing the ending to the story, your story?