Have you ever read a book so gripping that by the time you were nearing the end you just could not put it down? You had to keep reading. And as you read, you were filled with anxious energy, excitement, a full heart, or perhaps even joy. If you know this feeling, then you know quite well where Revelation 7 sits in the emotional journey of the narrative of Scripture. It sits in view of the end of it all, where the book is coming to a close and everything that the book has been building up to is beginning to get tied together. God and the Lamb are on the throne, and salvation is at hand.
David Stamile holds a Masters of Divinity from Truett Seminary on Baylor University's campus. He serves as a hospice chaplain and teaches courses on Death and Dying at Baylor University. His true passion is teaching others about the Enneagram. David has worked closely with author and podcast host, Suzanne Stabile, through a three-year apprenticeship program. He has led conferences at churches across the country, and this past weekend he led a conference here at SRBC.
Modern Christians don’t always celebrate it, but for most of church history, the Easter “season” is not a one-day affair. It goes on for 7 whole weeks! It even has a fun name: Eastertide. Like the tide of an ocean that goes up and down but requires a little patience to fully enjoy, Easter and the resurrection of Jesus lasts for a little longer than we often let it.
God has taken the most tragic event of history and turned it into the most beautiful event of history! Now, if God is able to make beauty from ashes in an event as profound as the death of Christ, just imagine what God can do with your life!
With the death and resurrection of Christ, the world changed forever. A ray of light shot out of the darkness and began to transform everything and continues to transform everything. You and I are called to participate, becoming mirrors of the light that it might shine farther and wider.