Jesus Holds the Future

And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne -
Revelation 5:7

   It was a profound moment. The Apostle John had been transported to heaven and he saw the book that he was about to write in the hand of the Father. Then an angel proclaims, “Who is worthy to open the book and to loose its seals” - and reveal it secrets? And no one was found worthy and John wept much, until he was comforted by an elder who reminded him that Jesus had prevailed and was worthy to open the seals.
     Then John watched the Lamb of God take the book from the Father and Jesus held it in His hand; this book that foretold the future of mankind and planet earth.
     And John heard every creature in heaven and earth erupt into glorious praise to God and Jesus for the Messiah’s victory; for He alone had overcome and redeemed those who believe from death and only He was worthy to hold the secrets of the future in His hand.
     It should comfort us that this One who holds the future and knows every detail of its outcome, also holds us. And though we face an uncertain future, we can trust Jesus with the outcome. And following the example illustrated for us in these verses, we too can praise our Father and His Son.
     John wept, but when he was reminded of the victory that comforts us all, I’m sure he too, lifted his voice in praise.
     Sometimes we have to be reminded also, that whatever we must endure for Jesus’ sake, because He has prevailed we have prevailed too; and we follow the example set before us in heaven. We lift our souls by singing praise through the storm to the One who carries us above the waters of this life to the victory He has procured for His children.

Copyright 2010 by H. D. Shively

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