Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DAY 799 - Open Our Eyes to See (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

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     Today we start the real part talking about what did John see when he was being taken to heaven while still living. 

Let's take a look at what Bishop N.T. Wright says ( ) :
     Now we realize that the three opening chapters have only been preparation.  Chapter 4 is where the story really starts.  This is where John is given the 'revelation' that gives the book its title.  Everything from this point on is part of the vision which is granted to him as he stands there in the heavenly throne room.
     This short opening passage tells us, with every line, a wealth of detail about where John has been taken, and what it all means
     'Heaven' and 'earth', as I have often said, are not, in biblical theology, separated by a great gulf, as they are in much popular imagination. 'Heaven''. God's sphere of reality, is right here, close beside us, intersecting with our ordinary reality.  It is not so much like a door opening high up in the sky, far away.  It is more like a door opening right in front of us where before we could only see this room,..Suddenly, there is an opening leading into a different world - and an invitation to 'come up' and see what's going on….It is about a prophet being taken into God's throne room so that he can see 'behind the scenes' and understand both what is going to take place and how it all fits together and makes sense.    

N.T. Wright. Revelation for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.42-43.

      Do you think sometimes life doesn't make sense? Would you like Jesus to open your eyes to see things you are unable to see so that life make sense? Well, not so as in John's experience, but still Jesus can open our eyes to see lots of thing. Do you agree? 

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Spiritual Journal

    The title I heard from Jesus today is: Open our eyes to see

    What I got from Jesus today is something we always experience. When Jesus opens our eyes, then we can see things in a new angle that we have never thought of.

    Jesus leads me to think of the glory and power of heaven is something we need to see and experience constantly. You may ask, "How come we can be able just like John to be taken to heaven?" Of course not that experience. But, lots of time, we really can feel like in heaven when we are in our time of daily devotion or to go to a wonderful place in nature or a magnificently built Cathedral, like St. Paul's Cathedral in London or St. Peter Basilica in Rome.

     There are quite a number of time I feel like in heaven worshipping at Richmond Emmanuel with brothers and sisters, feeling the angels and archangels were surrounding us praising God with us. That's how Jesus can open our eyes and souls to see heaven. That's what it means by Holy, Holy, Holy!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Open our eyes that we are able to see those things you want us to see so that we can worship you with everything we have got. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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