Bible Studies for Life lesson for July 20- What-s Up With Christ Coming Down?
July 1 2008 by Focal Passage: Rev. 19:6-9, 11-16, 19-21

Several years ago, at a Henry Blackaby conference, I heard Travis Cottrell sing a powerful praise song, "We Will Ride." The song ignited a passion in me for the return of Jesus. I hope it will help open up these verses about the return of Christ.

"He has fire in His eyes and a sword in His hand

And He's riding a white horse across this land

And He's calling out to you and me

'Will you ride with me?'"

After frightening images of beasts and dragons, of horsemen and prostitutes, finally we see Jesus, seated upon a white horse. All the multitude of heaven shout, "Hallelujah!" when He arrives. Although most of His contemporaries did not recognize Jesus when He walked on earth, there is no mistaking Him this time.

The first time He came riding on a donkey. Next time He will be riding on a white horse.

The first time He came on the dusty roads of Canaan. Next time He will be coming on the clouds of glory.

The first time He was followed by 12 men. Next time He will be followed by the armies of heaven.

The first time they spit on Him and mocked His name. Next time every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

The first time they brought Him before Herod who sentenced Him to die. Next time He will sit on the throne, and He will judge all the nations.

The first time they asked, "Who is this man?" Next time they will all know He is King of kings and Lord of lords. It will be written upon His robe and upon His thigh, and all the angels of heaven will proclaim it.

The last stanza to the song says:

"That fire in His eyes is His love for His bride

And He's longing that she be with Him

Right by His side

And He's calling out to us right now,

"Will you ride with me?"

Whenever I officiate a wedding, I enter the sanctuary with the groom and the best man. We stand at the front of the sanctuary awaiting the bride's entrance. As all heads turn to watch the bride coming down the aisle, I watch the groom. I want to see the love in his eyes and the joy of knowing his bride will soon be with him. I envision Jesus standing at the gates of heaven, having defeated all His enemies, ready to receive His bride.

7/1/2008 5:48:00 PM by Focal Passage: Rev. 19:6-9, 11-16, 19-21 | with 0 comments

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