Vera Lundell - Walla Walla, Washington Convention - 2018

Colossians 3:1-4, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.”

God created us to have a future, not in earth or Creation, but He made us to have a future in Him where He lives! The way from here to there is through the resurrection. If ye be risen with Christ, here’s how to let it continue! Set your affection on things above!

Verse 3, “For ye are dead!” If there could be a comparison between here, and there, it’s as big as the difference between death and life – everlasting and abundant is the difference! The part of me – my flesh – must die, and will die, but there is a part of us that God made to have a future that He will keep for us in Jesus. Jesus died and rose again that we could have a future in Heaven!

John 11:25-27, “Jesus said unto her, 'I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?'”
It’s the same question we are here on earth to answer, “Do I believe?” He’s given us things that are only meant to serve that purpose of eternity with Him! In Revelations, we read what John on the Isle of Patmos saw when he saw Jesus there. God made us with an imagination – with a mind able to see a picture that our eyes are not seeing, and a song our ears aren’t hearing. Some in the world use their imagination for things that aren’t good but we can use our imagination to see Jesus! We can use, what John has given us in pictures, to see Jesus! John does warn us – don’t add anything to this picture – even analysis. Just see what is there and the love of our Saviour!

 

I’d like to - I need to - share with you some pictures of Jesus.

Revelations 1:12, “And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow and His eyes were as a flame of fire and His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace and His voice as the sound of many waters. He had in His right hand seven stars and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword and His countenance was as the sun shineth in His strength. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, 'Fear not; I am the first and the last; I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.'”

This is Jesus that brought and proved the power of the resurrection, by submission to the will of God!

Revelations 19:11, “And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood and His name is called The Word of God. The armies which were in Heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations and He shall rule them with a rod of iron and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

There’s Jesus our Saviour, when He comes again, and we see Him in that future that God has predestinated us for! We can choose it, or not! We need to look at Jesus, as He will be in that future! May our hearts be set upon Him there!