Today’s reading from Revelation may, for some, be the penultimate goal of being a Christian. After all, don’t we all want to be part of the final drama, the “Rapture”, when Jesus returns to take home those who are really faithful? Especially when you hear “the end is near” folks who insist that it is around the corner.
When I have written about verses in Revelation before in these devotionals, I have admitted to my difficulty in explaining something that, frankly, I have trouble understanding. There is a reason that I prefer reading books that are fairly straightforward, as opposed to fantasy books. These verses are no different for me. I don’t pretend to know about the symbolism. But, I want to be one of the 144,000.
My paranoid human side worries about that number. Gee, that’s not very many. Certainly those who call themselves “Christians” number in the millions. How will I know if there will be a spot for me? Answer: You won’t. Although we all want to be one of those souls who are part of Jesus’ second coming, that really isn’t the goal, is it? The goal is to accept Christ – heart, soul and mind – and by doing so, become as Christ-like as humanly possible. At that point, you will have been fully restored to the promise of God. Death has no more meaning anyway. There is no more human paranoia because yours is a life of love.
So, when I study the book of Revelation, I realize that one of my questions to God when I see him will be – What was that all about?