3/30 Confined No More

Rise and Shine and take courage from John the Baptist, whose story may appear to have a tragic end, unless we view it in light of eternity.

REFLECTION VERSE: I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13 (NIV)

Good morning cornerstone. It's Saturday. Tomorrow I'll see you in the Lord's house. Listen, it's time to rise and shine.

One of the things that I've been thinking about as we've been focusing now on John for these weeks is how his story ended (and we’re going to learn about that) how his story ended with him dying what we would call a premature death. It wasn't a great ending in terms of this life. But I was also thinking about what it says in the Book of Revelations—Yeah, that last book of the Bible. It says this:

“Then I heard a loud voice, shouting across the heavens. ‘It has come at last salvation and power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of Christ for the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth. The one who accuses them before our God day and night. And they have defeated him by the blood of the lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.’ ”

John loved the Lord more than his own life. He paid the price. But he’s living a life of great testimony, even now as we speak of Him and remember Him. What we do ultimately will live on, if we do it for the Lord. Let's commit to the best things. Let's follow Him. Even now Lord Jesus, help us to love our lives less than we love You. I know that sounds radical, but it's what you call us to do. I ask that you would just speak to our hearts.

This good day and send us into the weekend in Jesus name. Amen.