Friday, August 1, 2014

You Remind Me of Jesus!



My two witnesses will wear sackcloth, while I let them preach for 1,260 days.

These two witnesses are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand in the presence of the Lord who rules the earth.  Any enemy who tries to harm them will be destroyed by the fire that comes out of their mouths.   They have the power to lock up the sky and to keep rain from falling while they are prophesying. And whenever they want to, they can turn water to blood and cause all kinds of terrible troubles on earth.

After the two witnesses have finished preaching God's message, the beast that lives in the deep pit will come up and fight against them. It will win the battle and kill them.  Their bodies will be left lying in the streets of the same great city where their Lord was nailed to a cross. And this city is spiritually like the city of Sodom or the country of Egypt.

For three and a half days the people of every nation, tribe, language, and race will stare at the bodies of these two witnesses and refuse to let them be buried.  Everyone on earth will celebrate and be happy. They will give gifts to each other, because of what happened to the two prophets who caused them so much trouble.  But three and a half days later, God will breathe life into their bodies. They will stand up, and everyone who sees them will be terrified.

The witnesses then heard a loud voice from heaven, saying, “Come up here.” And while their enemies were watching, they were taken up to heaven in a cloud.   At that same moment there was a terrible earthquake that destroyed a tenth of the city. Seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were frightened and praised the God who rules in heaven.

Revelation 11:3-13

No, I don't know who these two witnesses are but I do know this: Their time on this earth has amazing parallels with the life of Jesus.  They are killed in Jerusalem and are dead a little more than three days before rising from the dead and being taken up to heaven in a cloud.  I suppose when this happens those who know the Book of Revelation will clearly identify the fulfillment of this prophecy.

But what about me?  How does my life parallel the life of Jesus Christ?  What can others see in me that reminds them of the experiences of Jesus?  Do others hear me asking God to forgive those who are persecuting, even crucifying me?  Do I depend on God for everything I need like Jesus did?  Am I  willing to offend all men as long as I don't offend the Father? 

Remember, without the life that Jesus lived His Words would just be a proclamation from Heaven.  But the life that Jesus lived shows us the truth of His Words.  Your life as well will show the world that what you say about Jesus is Truth! 

Don't forget that it was the physical body of Jesus that was crucified.  Our salvation was purchased with a physical body not by a theological understanding!  What Jesus did with His body made all the difference for all of us.  If you are a follower of Jesus others will be reminded of the life of Jesus when they see what you do each day!

"Lord Jesus, help me today to remind others of You.  Show me how to walk like You did as I face the problems of this day!  And may You be praised forever.  Amen."

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