Getting your share (Revelation 20, Isaiah 50)

“Blessed and holy are the one who shares in the first resurrection!  Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a 1000 years.”  Rev. 20:6

Question; “When will you and I get what we deserve?”  This is an amazing question in light to what is ahead for our world.

Revelation 20 gives us three events that are still to come in our society:

1.  1000 year reign of Christ, Vs: 1-6

Satan will be seized and sealed (Will deceive the nations no longer).  The Saints will rule and reign with Christ for a 1000 years.  All those who have died in Christ will be raised to rule.

2. One last moment of rebellion against Christ, Vs: 7-10

Satan will be released to deceive the nations.  Satan will be released to be destroyed by fire from heaven.

3.  The Great White Throne Judgment of Christ, Vs: 11-15

All those who have walked on the earth, in every generation, will appear before the Great and Awesome God who is on the throne.  All will get their share of the fruit of their labor, “And anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Think it through:

Satan finally gets what is his share for what he has done since the beginning of time.

Sinners finally get what is their share for what they have done in living a life in rebellion against God.

These two thoughts alone cause me to ponder the why of my personal acquittal from getting what I deserve.  The fact is the one on the throne in Rev. 20 was the one who took my punishment on the cross! Here is how Isaiah described that moment in time, “He gave His back to those who strike, and His cheeks to those who pull out the beard,” Isaiah 50:6.

Brothers and sisters, we will never get what we deserve (our share) because we have been delivered from the wrath to come by the precious sacrifice of the Lamb of God.

Our response:

We must live as both a forgiven and focused people.  We should be joyous and holy in our character because we have been forgiven.  We should be intentional in our witness because all around us are people who are about to get their share of what they deserve.

“Maybe you are reading this blog for the first time and you are for the first time hearing about what you are going to receive in the future.  I want to challenge you to consider the cross and what it represents about your life.  I want to challenge you to consider Jesus who went to the cross.  I want to plead with you to surrender your life to Jesus.”  

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