I have had a blessed week in revival this week at Bethel Baptist Church in Mercer County. The theme this week has been “Turning Our Eyes Upon Jesus” and it has been good for my soul to really think about, look upon, and consider our Lord Jesus. There have been so many distractions this year (pandemic, election, quarantines, mask mandates, rioting, etc.) and it has been so easy to get caught up in the stuff of this world. It has been so helpful to refocus on Jesus. As I was praying about these revival services and about a preaching schedule for 2021, I can’t help but think about our need to refocus our attention on the person, work and mission of our Lord Jesus. I believe that turning our eyes back to Jesus is essential for revival.
I want to thank those of you who have been praying for me this week. I have felt a special presence of the Spirit in our services and the folks at Bethel have been so responsive. We started by looking at John’s vision of the Lord in Revelation 1. We were reminded of the fact that Jesus was standing in the midst of His churches and He is so glorious. Revelation 1:13 tells us “His eyes were like a flame of fire” and we were reminded that Jesus sees all things and knows all things. He knew what was going on in His churches (He had some things to say to seven of His churches in Revelation 2 and 3). He knows what is going on in our church and in our individual lives. There is no need to try to hide anything from the Lord. We are always invited to confess our sins and receive His forgiveness.
On Monday evening, we looked at the church in Ephesus (Rev. 2:1-7). Jesus commended the church for their service, spiritual discernment, and their steadfastness. Then, he confronted them over the fact that they had left their first love (love for Jesus). The Lord graciously dealt with some things in my life this week and I thank Him for His love, discipline, and forgiveness. We were able to travel down memory lane and remember the love and passion that we had when we were first saved. In Revelation 2:5, the Lord invites us to remember where we have fallen, repent, and recommit ourselves to those works we did at first. Do you remember how you loved Jesus? Do you remember how hungry you were to get in His Word? Do you remember how you wanted to tell others about Jesus? Needless to say, many of us felt a need to repent for not loving Jesus with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.
Tuesday night, we looked at the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19) and were reminded that the Bridegroom (Jesus) is coming back for His Bride (the church). We want to be ready for His return and we want to be a beautifully adorned bride (Rev. 19:7-8) when He returns. We want to be serving/building with gold, silver, and precious stones (things that will last) because our Lord is worth our very best. Tonight, we are going to be looking at the last chapter (Revelation 22) of the greatest book ever written. We are going to be reminded that Jesus is “coming soon” (Rev. 22:7). Many are not ready for the Lord’s return and we must proclaim the Gospel lest they experience the judgment of God as opposed to the mercy and grace of God.
We will conclude by looking at the great calling of Revelation which is found in Rev. 22:17, “The Spirit and the Bride say, “COME.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” We want everybody to know that they are invited to “Come” to Jesus and be saved. Who do you need to share that invitation with? Have you invited your “one” to be saved? How about talking to them today. Today is the day of salvation! You can do it! May God use you!