Victory Cheer

Today’s Reading:  Revelation 4

Do you like to be on the winning team?  I never had much athletic talent, so I’ve never actually been on the team that won.  But if you know me at all, you know I love most sports.  Even if “my team” isn’t playing, I’ll pick a favorite side and have fun cheering them on to victory.  Case in point – last night we got our first look at this year’s College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings.  My team isn’t on the list (and won’t be on the list even if they win out).  But, it is still fun.  If it the top four hold, I have to decide whether I cheer for UT where my friend’s son is in school or OSU because of my Big Ten loyalties.  Either way, I want to be on the winning side.

In obedience to God’s instruction (Revelation 1:1-2), the apostle John recorded the visions God shared with him about the end times in the book of Revelation.  Like B.J mentioned yesterday, this book can be a bit scary because it serves as a warning to all about what is to come.  Revelation, however, is also mean to be a message of hope.  Hope that comes from the assurance that good ultimately triumphs over evil.  While Satan and his allies will rage battle against God, Revelation gives us a picture of Jesus as the conquering King. Team Jesus wins!

Our text for today is Revelation chapter 4.  The main point of this short 11 verse chapter comes right at the end in verse 11.  All creatures in heaven and earth will praise and honor God because he is the creator and sustainer of everything.  This is the victory cheer.  I’m so glad to be on the winning side as Jesus reigns victorious forever.

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being (Revelation 4:11).