Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Jesus is coming soon, and His people should be ready for His return. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to make sure we are ready for Jesus’ return and pray for it.
Read Revelation 22:11-15
I. Paths, Advent, Separation. The Sunday School material starts off urging people to keep doing what they are doing – good or bad. The Lord is bringing His reward with Him to give to each person based on what they have done.
The righteous will be blessed. The unrighteous will be outside.
- Righteous or unrighteous. Notice in vss. 11-15 that Jesus is coming with rewards for the righteous and unrighteous. Those who have washed their robes will have a right to the tree of life. Those who have not will be outside.
First, the key to being right with God is to ask and trust God to save you because of Jesus’ death for your sins. Make sure you are saved. Second, as saved people we are called to live lives focused on loving God and others, as we love ourselves.
Third, the blessings of God are great. But the punishment is terrible. Therefore, we should make sure we are right with God and do all that we can to help others get right. Let’s make sure that we are right with God and helping others do the same.
Read Revelation 22:16-19
II. Testimony, Offer, Warning. Jesus identifies Himself as the root and offspring of David. The Spirit and bride are calling for the prophesied day. In our Sunday School material there are warnings about adding or subtracting anything from the book.
- Jesus. Notice in vs. 16 that Jesus is greater than David. He is both from (offspring) and before (root) David. It would be a serious mistake to think that Jesus is just another Bible character or one of many prophets. He is in a category all by Himself.
Let’s live like we believe that Jesus is in a category all by Himself. Such living should be known of obeying Him and trusting Him to take care of His own.
- Hope. Notice in vs. 17 the Holy Spirit, the bride/Church, and those who hear are urged to pray for the coming of the Lord. We pray for the Lord’s coming because there are so many blessings for those who are right with the Lord.
We have so much to hope for beyond what we can see. Let’s live as if we have hope beyond what we can see. Such living should be known for obedience, confidence, and joy.
- Tampering with God’s word. Notice in vss. 18-19 the warnings against adding to or subtracting from this book. This is a great point to remember, especially in a time where so many of the things that were held as precious truths are being challenged and undermined.
Think about all of the controversies around homosexuality, same gender marriages, divorce, abortion, the authority of scripture, etc. Let’s make sure we don’t tamper with God’s word.
We should prayerful seek the answers to the following questions – what does the passage say, mean, and mean to me? And we should then ask the Lord to help us live accordingly.
Read Revelation 22:20-21
III. Promising, Longing, Closing. Jesus is coming soon. We see in a Sunday School material a quick closing of the book. The closing word is “amen” – it is true.
- Praying for God’s people. Notice in vs. 21 that John closes by praying for the grace of Jesus to be with God’s people. In like manner, we should pray for the well-being of God’s people. And we should pray for each of us to experience grace.
When we do this, not only will be praying for others, but others will be praying for us. We all need grace, because we are all subject to be wrong from time to time. Let’s work on praying for God’s people.
Conclusion: Let’s work on making sure that we are ready for Jesus’ return and pray for it. God has much for those who obey His will.
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