June 30, 2008

How Does Jesus Comfort?

"Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life." (See Revelation 2:8-11).

These are words Jesus spoke to a church that was undergoing extreme pressure. The Lord foretold the imprisonment of some of these believers. He comforted them greatly. Here is His promise to them, "You be faithful, even to the death, because then I will give you the crown of LIFE." Amazing! They die, and Christ gives them life. That is His promise.

The next verse continues:

"He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; he that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death." (2:11). Even though Christ's people may die in poverty, torment, pain, perhaps executed for their faith, the promise is that "he who overcomes will not be hurt of the second death." Why not? Because Christ "was dead, and is alive" (2:8), and He holds the keys to death and hell (Rev. 1:18). No one who remains faithfully believing, trusting, relying on Him will suffer the second death, since Jesus already tasted it and overcame on their behalf when He suffered on the cross and rose the third day.

These Christians were dirt poor. They were not liked by their neighbors. People in the world did not look at them as just "nice people," they hated them and rejected their faith. But these Christians were rich beyond measure. They had eternal life, because they had the love of God in His Son, Jesus Christ. Do you have this wealth of grace and love? What is your heart set on, this world, or the promise of Life?

Thinking on these things is stirring me up to talk a little on evangelism. By God's grace, maybe next time. But for now, does the love of Christ cause you to pity those who do not have these promises? If so, please join me in prayer that God would raise up laborers to go into the harvest.

Grace, peace and love be with all who love our great God and King.


Raine said...

and I'd like to add another promise Jesus gives "...and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matt 28:20
we must simply rest in Christ, in the power of the cross, in the cleansing power of His blood. please do watch this vid. God bless!

Penn Tomassetti said...


Thanks for your comment and adding that promise from Matt 28:20! Thanks also for the video. Not only did the Lord die on the cross, but for His people He defeated death forever by His resurrection! Glory to God!

Kalani said...

It is so encouraging to see how you use so much scripture in your posts! It's seems that many uderestimate the power of God's word.

Penn Tomassetti said...

Thanks so much for your encouraging comment! Perhaps people underestimate God's word because it is so hard to believe it? Ever since God opened my eyes to His glory in Christ through the Word, I've never been the same. I pray He does so for others. God bless.

Angela said...

I think that my main prayer is that everything that happens in my life would edify the Lord...he knows so much better than we do the ripple effects of our circumstances and trials. Sometimes, the easy outcome isn't what is going to further the kingdom. It is just important to know WHO God is.. and when I am living in His will that he will be working through me.

Penn Tomassetti said...

Amen. Oh, how precious to know Christ Jesus, the living God (1 Jn. 5:20) :)