Trumpets, angels, plagues, battles, evil enemies and God’s faithfulness; the next few chapters of God’s Story, as recorded in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, stretches one’s imagination to say the least. God’s judgment and hostility toward the adversary’s assaults cause havoc on the earth. But God remains in control. In spite of everything that is taking place at the coming of Jesus and with Satan’s war against Christ’s church, there is hope for the faithful and blessings as well. From Heaven John heard a voice say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
Mary, the mother of Jesus, had rest from her labor the night Jesus was born in a manger so long ago. Jesus encourages us to come to Him to find rest from our labor when we give our burdens to Him. All of us long for rest in spite of the variety of labor pains that we presently experience. And the kind of rest that comes to those who die in the Lord is a blessed rest indeed. But until then we have the joys and challenges of this life. Let’s remember that the good deeds that we do and the ways we bless others will not be forgotten. Let us go forward in faithfulness to our Lord. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for we can come and adore You! You have taken fear out of death. There will come a day when we will rest in lasting peace. Your life, death and resurrection made it possible for those who trust in You to have reconciliation, peace, and joy. Joy to the world, the Lord of rest has come. Amen.