Read Revelation 22vv12-16
Silence is kept for two minutes.
It may seem odd, beginning at the end. The book of Revelation, the literal end of the Bible, the glimpse into the future when everything is finally at rest in the goodness and peace of God placed right here at the beginning of the Advent season. Isn’t Advent about beginnings, about waiting? Isn’t Revelation about the time when there is no more waiting? Well, yes. But the way of waiting in Christ has always been the way of waiting for the end like the end has already come. Jesus prayed, “Your Kingdom come on earth as it in heaven.” Revelation 22 offers the beatitude, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, to that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates” (22v14). Our lives now anticipate the end, our washing ourselves of every stain continues until the day we enter the gates of the city of God.
Lord, wash me. Immerse me in the fullness of your love and mercy. Reveal to me my sins, forgive me. I enter the gates of your presence daily as I long for the day when I will enter your holy city and dwell in your presence for all of eternity.