Now I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True. (Rev 19:11). That is our King of Kings, our King who is called Faithful and True. We love our fairytales because of the prince who comes to rescue and bring safety, but Jesus is real. King of King, Prince of Peace, Emmanuel.
Faithful and True is the One who made us righteous so we could live in blessing and grace. Faithful and True is the One who loves us so completely that He sacrificed Himself to cover our sin. He will never leave us or forsake us. His love is eternal and transforming.
Sometimes I have to stop and contemplate the reality of Jesus. When I look around at my day to day world, it seems incredible that the heavens will open up and the One on the white horse will come to us. It will be the great and terrible day, but I belong to Him and He is mine. It is a day that will thrill my heart because we will see Him in His majesty.
My King who is Faithful and True has wooed me into His kingdom and I will never leave.
Can you remember your first love in Christ? Did it fill you with joy and giddy emotion? New love makes us almost blind to anything else. The object of our love fills our hearts and mind. But then it cools, and over time it can grow cold.
We can say it hasn’t happened, but if we compare where we are today with what it was in the beginning, there’s probably a bit difference. Maybe there have been disappointments. Maybe we got sidetracked into believing something that wasn’t true.
Jesus said to repent and do the first works. (Rev 2:5) What were those first works? Prayer? Praise? Work that you did for others? Backup and start over. Repent for growing cold and pick up where Jesus was Lord in your life. That means He is more important to you than anything.
Go back and read the gospels and remind yourself of who He is. Be filled with His wisdom and understanding. Allow your heart to sing again. It’s dangerous to confess salvation without love.
Over time, as you reunite with your love for Him and continue in it, it will deepen and mature. You begin to understand more of His ways and His blessing. Find your love in Jesus and never, never let it go.
I always think of the Lamb of God as the perfect offering for our sin. That was the law. It makes sense that if Jesus were to atone for sin, He would describe His sacrifice with what was understood by the culture.
But lambs are adorable. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’ve never raised sheep, but I think lambs are just cute. They’re sweet. They are almost the definition of innocence. They love to play and bounce. They are completely dependent on their mother for feeding. What’s not to love?
And Jesus described Himself as a lamb. He was without sin, so He actually is the definition of innocence. He was filled with the oil of gladness more than all His companions. (Ps 45:7) He is playful. And He showed us how to be completely dependent on the Father.
I am eternally grateful for my ability to live in grace. To think of the Lamb, standing in heaven as though it had been slain, tears at my soul. That such sweetness was mutilated for me leaves me speechless. His love is astounding and my only response must be to love Him forever.
Salvation is not believing in God and going to church. The demons in hell believe in God, and going to church doesn’t save you any more than going to the corner deli. Jesus didn’t preach about salvation. He preached about the kingdom of God. Continue reading “What Is Salvation?” »