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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Safe in You (in that Day)

Safe in You (in that Day)

The other day at a family restaurant with my wife and son, I felt the itch to sketch something in my spirit, but what? First I saw bread and wine. Communion? Was this about "communion"?

I began mulling over things about that. Many people focus on the ritual of communion, how important "the eucharist" is, the service, the church, and so on. As I began thinking about all of that, I began to actually dread the misunderstandings that would come when people saw this picture... they would see it as an affirmation of whatever central importance they had placed on (or felt needed to be placed on) the communion service.

I began looking at the background, and I started to see a dark sky and brown hills (as I write this, I am weeping in the Spirit)... and I knew it was the last days and/or the last day itself. Darkness is coming and will increase before He comes. In that day, the only safe place to be is in Him.
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A liter of wheat for a denarius, and three liters of barley for a denarius, and do not damage the oil and the wine!" (Revelation 6:5-6)

I believe we are living in the days after the opening of the third seal. Today there are all sorts of "scales" being used in the world to weigh value... value of things, places, and people (oh, Lord). All sorts of "measurements" are being taken and used and exacted on people whom God has died for. (That's what these pictures are about). But God is telling us that the only safe place is in His Son. The only thing that counts is the life of the Son, Jesus Christ. As humans, our measurements and scales are "off". We don't know how to weigh and value as we ought to. We must trust God's system of weighing. He can see that our righteousness is nothing in His sight. Only His Son's counts.

That's what this picture is about. He is saying that the only thing that will stand in that day, the only righteousness that will stand in that day is His Son's. Our only way through is His body, His blood freely given to us.
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever." (John 6:53-58)

As I began writing about "communion" earlier, I began to weep in the Spirit because THIS IS NOT ABOUT A RITUAL, LITURGICAL OR CEREMONIAL "SERVICE" OR ACTIVITY! He is calling us to stare at His Son, what He has done for us, and receive HIM! Receive His righteousness and live by His word! Trust in Him, that it is only His body that was broken for us --the perfect sacrifice for our sins-- and His blood poured out to forgive our sins. He is our covenant, He is our safety, He Himself is our only shelter in the day of darkness.


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