“Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
So it is to be. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:4b-8)
I am sitting down to write this the day after the tragedies in Paris. I do not know if anyone in Paris read this blog, or would be reading this post. Maybe people who have friends or relatives in Paris might. I do not know. What I do know is that it would be my heart’s desire to send greetings and thoughts of hope and courage in the face of such hatred that was used to assault the people of Paris.
Grace and peace, most assuredly! The love and comfort of our Lord be yours.
This passage from Revelation is but the open salutation written by the recorder/writer of Revelation – not quite the type of blessing that other books of the bible start with. It is, however, what I have to work with as far as scripture passages go. The book of Revelation is the chronicling of what is happening in heaven in the days when judgment has come upon the earth. What happened in Paris, what happened in my own state of Oregon, and what happens in any place is the result of one person or a group of people – whatever their reason or rationale might be – using violence and causing death to express their opinion or believe. It is the greatest of understatements to say it is wrong. And that it is not the way Jesus would have us relate to one another.
To use the example of Revelation, it is like the beast is being let loose on the earth. Except . . . it isn’t. It is human against human. Humanity turning on itself and destroying itself. And maybe that is a greater “beast” than is described in Revelation.
I am digressing. I guess I don’t really have a point. Maybe it is simply to mourn the event. By the time you read this, beloved reader, events will have moved on, no doubt. It will remind you though, I hope, that some day the Lord will return to earth. And all hatred and violence will end. May we look forward to that day! Selah!