Fourth Sunday of Easter

A post in a continuing series based on the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary.

Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30

This week we have several readings that make reference to lambs, sheep, and shepherds. This weeks reading includes one of the best known of David’s psalms. It is a song of comfort. “The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need…” I have read this at the bedside of several who have gone through great difficulty. I last read this psalm at the bedside of a woman in her last hour of life. When we go through the tough times, we need to be reminded that there is someone who cares for us, who will comfort us, who will take us through those dark valleys.

This passage in Revelation along with chapters 4 and 5, are among my favorite in the book. We are in a series called “The Hymns of Heaven.” Tomorrow we look at chapter 4. Next week at chapter five and the next week at chapter 7. In chapter seven there is a large crowd gathered around the throne that is described in chapter 4. The crowd is from every tribe and nation and they are all worshiping the Lamb.

“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”

11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. 12 They sang,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Tomorrow I’m asking the question, what if we approached each Sunday like we were entering heaven’s throne room? It really gives us something to think about. I challenge you tomorrow to enter your place of worship, whether a small house church, a small rural church, a large rural church, a large suburban or urban church; wherever you worship, like you were entering God’s very presence, because when we come to worship that’s what we are doing, because God is already there.

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