Bible Studies for Life Lesson for July 8: What Happens Next?
June 26 2018 by Emily Kistler, member, Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia

Focal passage: Revelation 21:1-8
One day we will fully experience who God created us to be. Sometimes I think living in this fallen world is a lot like serving in a castle as a singing teapot. Just consider the plight of the servants in the animated film “Beauty and the Beast.” The teapot, the clock, the candlestick – they all began life as humans. And yet, because of a curse, they were all transformed into mere household artifacts.
We are not Mrs. Potts the singing teapot, but just like her, we live under a curse.
Sin has distorted almost every aspect of our world. And just like Mrs. Potts, who desperately hoped to return to her life as a servant, we wait with expectation for the day when we will fully experience everything we were created to be.
Mrs. Potts longed for the prince to find true love. We long for the return of Jesus and for the restoration of His Kingdom.
Mrs. Potts hoped to live in the presence of a reigning prince. We know that one day all those who belong to Christ will live in God’s presence.
According to Revelation 21:3, Christians “will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.”
Mrs. Potts dreamed of serving in a beautifully refurbished castle. When Christ returns, we will truly live in a perfect place. There will be no more tears, and death will be destroyed. “Grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer” (Revelation 21:4).
Mrs. Potts longed for her curse to be removed, but she could only hope.
There was no guarantee that the prince would find true love. In contrast, our eternity is certain. It is firmly based on our relationship with Christ. He is “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 21:6). He promises to be our God and make us His beloved children.
We can rejoice because we know with certainty that one day we will no longer be singing teapots.
Instead, we will be transformed, living in God’s presence and dwelling with Him forever.

6/26/2018 1:42:24 PM by Emily Kistler, member, Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia | with 0 comments

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