We’ve just finished up the study of Revelation through BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and I can’t really contain myself. Firstly, if you’ve never been to a BSF study, and you find yourself a quart low on studying the Bible, get yourself to one (a study of John will begin on September 12)! BSF headquarters are based in Texas but the study is offered worldwide and over 500,000 people participated in Revelation at the same time. You can find out more, and where there is a study in your area, here: http://www.bsfinternational.org
I found BSF through a friend who fortunately invited me last year for the study of Moses. It came at the right time when my educational options were limited in my church and I was desperate for some comprehensive Bible study. I got just what I needed in BSF. It’s a long and detailed study that is perfect for delving in deep and hearing volumes from God. He has taken the time to speak to me in each of the two studies I’ve been involved in and I’ve been thrilled. You really can’t go wrong when you hear God speak.
This past year God has really been working on me to understand His sanctity and studying Revelation just brought everything to a head. I was really struck by His unfathomable holiness. It’s led me to examine how I think about Him and whether I fear Him like I should. I think it’s easy for us to put God in a human-sized box. Partly due to our general humanness – He is so vast, we just don’t know how to comprehend Him so we bring Him down to something we can latch onto; and partly due to the songs we sing these days … the Jesus is my pal – type songs. Well, Jesus may be friendly toward me, but He’s not my pal and I don’t wish to think of Him like that. He’s my Savior. My King. My Lord. My Judge. Putting Jesus on a friend level does Him a disservice … it limits him, cheapens Him. None of my friends can die for my sins. None of my friends can heal me. None of my friends can facilitate my eternal life with the Almighty Father. And, I hate to say this, but sometimes I’m not a very good friend. I know, hard to believe, right?
God is so far above what we can imagine.
Chip Ingram asked recently on his program ‘Living on the Edge’, “Which Jesus are you worshiping?” I probably screwed up my face when I heard that line … thinking “wha?” But as he started explaining I found myself nodding vigorously in agreement. He asked a pointed question (my paraphrase), “Do you worship the Jesus that walked around Judea with 12 other guys doing miracles here and there, or do you worship the Jesus that was arrested and crucified on a cross, or do you worship Jesus as He is today?”
You see, Jesus as He is today is explained very beautifully in Revelation 1:13-16. He wears a long robe with a gold sash and has hair white as snow, His eyes are like fire, His feet like burnished bronze, His voice like cascading waters, His face shines like the noon-day sun, and His mouth yields a sharp two-edged sword. Friends, our Lord Jesus is no longer the God-man who roamed the countryside for three years and He no longer hangs bruised and bloody on a cross. He is a warrior! Our warrior! The Ancient of Days, the Almighty, holy, faithful, true, and the victorious conqueror over evil.
History is good to know to complete the picture of Jesus, but we need to worship Him as He is … today.