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Simply Grace

Posted: Wednesday, December 31

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Christian Education & Missions Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Christian Education & Missions Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Malachi 3:1-4:6
Revelation 22:1-21
Psalm 150:1-6
Proverbs 31:25-31

 

Verse of the day:

May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people. (Revelation 22:21)


The book of Revelations is a lot like a roller coaster ride. With unexpected twists and turns, John the Revelator records a vision of what is to come. These prophecies elicit feelings of fear, awe, and excitement in the reader. We cringe over the state of the seven churches as we see our own reflections. We cheer at the coming of Christ, the punishment of Satan, and the creation of the new heaven and earth. Death, sickness, pain – one day it will be no more!

 

And I love how John wraps up his writings and the end of the New Testament with a timeless prayer. He could have asked for anything at this point. So he asks for what matters most: the grace of Jesus Christ. His petition for grace for the people of God may seem obvious and uninteresting in a casual reading but this request matters most.

 

To say our lives are buoyed by the grace of God is an understatement. The Lord told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor. 12:9). The grace of God is what’s needed in our hearts, minds, homes, marriages, families, work places, and world.  Whatever you pray for, plead for God’s grace.