“Write the things which thou hast seen,
and the things which are,
and the things which shall be hereafter;”
We portray snippets of our lives through the pictures and words posted on social media. We travel with our friends and followers to places near and far. We share their joys and their sorrows. The Bible is God’s social media posts to us. It’s where He shares snippets of who He is with us until the day comes when we see him face to face.
Over the passed couple of years we have journeyed with Jesus from Genesis to Jude filling in our picture of Jesus. Our journey began with His words and sights before time.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
(Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-4)
Jesus took us on visits with Abraham, Moses, the prophets, priests, and kings.
“And God said unto Moses,
I am that I am:
And he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,
I Am hath sent me unto you …
Jesus said unto them,
verily, verily, I say unto you,
Before Abraham was, I am.”
(Exodus 3:14; John 8:58)
We saw the birth of God’s people Israel – their victories and their defeats. We saw what the prophets longed to see – the advent of Messiah.
“I shall see him, but not now:
I shall behold him, but not nigh:
there shall come a Star out of Jacob,
and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel…
These all died in faith, not having received the promises,
but having seen them afar off,
and were persuaded of them,
and embraced them,
and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth”
(Numbers 24:17; Hebrews 11:13)
We walked with the Son of man through Israel and heard His teachings with the disciples. We walked with him to Calvary and saw our sin nailed to his cross.
“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary,
there they crucified him…
Then said Jesus,
Father, forgive them for they know not what they do…
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,
It is finished:
and he bowed his head,
and gave up the ghost.”
(Luke 23:33,34; John 19:30)
We saw him die but then came the morning of victory. The tomb was empty.
“I am he that liveth, and was dead;
and behold, I am alive for evermore. Amen;
and have the keys of hell and of death.”
We saw him rise on the clouds as he returned to the glory he knew with the Father. And we heard the promise of his return.
“And when he had spoken these things,
while they beheld, he was taken up;
and a cloud received him out of their sight…
two men stood by them in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee,
why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven,
shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
We continued our journey with Jesus through the eyes of Peter, Paul and various other disciples as we witnessed the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and the birth of Christ’s church. We received yet another promise.
“Then Peter said unto them,
Repent, and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you,
and to your children,
and to all that are afar off,
even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
Acts 2: 38,39.
These faithful men wrote their own “posts” by inspiration of the Holy Spirit within them to help us see who we are in Christ.
“Ye are a chosen generation,
a royal priesthood,
and holy nation,
a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth the praises of him
who hath called you out of darkness
into his marvellous light;”
1 Peter 2:9
These are a few of the things we have seen on our journey walking with Jesus through the word. They have brought us to where we are – the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Through the eyes of John we see Jesus in his glory.
“And in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks
one like unto the Son of man,
clothed with a garment down to the foot,
and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;
and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;
and his voice as the sound of many waters.
And he had in his right hand seven stars:
and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:
and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”
He is –
who is the faithful witness,
and the first begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us,
and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
Our journey does not end here. Next we travel with the risen Lord to visit the things that are. I hope you will join us. His best posts are yet to come. .
What has Jesus shown you in your journey with him?