Acts of Injustice in the World…The Sufferings of God’s Son

The Final Judgment
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Friday Jan 28, 2011

 

“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” – Revelation 20:11-12

In 1977, Joseph Amrine was 19 years old when he robbed a local Safeway grocery store. He was sent to the Missouri State Penitentiary.

On October 18, 1985, six months before Amrine was due to be released from prison, Gary Barber, a fellow inmate, was stabbed to death in a recreation room. Amrine was playing cards in the room at the time, and three other inmates and a guard identified him as the killer.

For the next 17 years, Amrine fought for his innocence. He was sentenced to be executed, but a steady stream appeals kept his case active. Then in April 2003, the Missouri Supreme Court granted Joe Amrine a writ of Habeas Corpus finding that Amrine and his attorneys had established “clear and convincing evidence” of his innocence in the Barber murder. The witnesses said they had lied under oath and the DNA proved that Amrine was innocent of the murder. He was released days later.

Now that he is in his 50’s, Joe does not hold any anger of what happened. In prison, he became a believer in Christ. He said: “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but with God’s help, my future is going to be in the sunshine. My future is going to be free.”

There are many injustices in this world,  but Jesus Christ will have the final word when He judges our lives. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that when you trust your life to Jesus, your name appears in the book of life.

“Tomorrow’s history has already been written. At the name of Jesus every knee must bow.” – E. Kauffman

God’s Word: “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.” – Matthew 16:27

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2011, Devotional E-Mail

DEVOTIONS IN REVELATIONS

Saved!
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Thursday Jan 27, 2011

 

“After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God” – Revelation 19:1

In the early morning hours of August, 18 1899, lifeguard Rasmus S. Midgett, from the Gull Shoal Life-Saving Station, North Carolina, was conducting a beach patrol on horseback. About three-fourths of a mile from his station, he saw items newly washed ashore, which indicated a shipwreck. After traveling two more miles and finding more debris, he heard what sounded like sails frapping and then faint voices. He flashed his lantern over the ocean and saw something over the high flood tide. A small ship named the Priscilla had run aground.

Ten survivors were crying for help. Midgett then had to make a difficult decision: to spend three hours bringing assistance from another lifeguard station, or to attempt a rescue without any aid.

Midgett decided to try rescuing the men immediately.

Midgett ran as close to the wreck as he could and shouted instructions for the men to jump overboard one at a time as the waves receded. Obeying his instructions, the sailors leapt overboard. Midgett, then seized each man and dragged him from the pursuing waves safely to the beach. In this manner, he rescued seven men. There were still three men on board who were too weak to get off the vessel. Midgett went into the water and carried each of them to the beach. For the ten lives he saved, Midgett was subsequently awarded the greatest honor for saving life in peacetime, a Gold Lifesaving Medal.

God is in the rescue business. He hears our cries for help, and saved us with His finished work on the Cross. Today in prayer, praise Jesus Christ that He is your Savior!

“Seek not to explore the heights of the divine majesty, but to find salvation in the saving deeds of God our Savior.” – William of St. Thierry 

God’s Word: “And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” – Revelation 7:10

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2011, Devotional E-Mail

DEVOTIONS IN REVELATIONS

King Of Kings
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Jan 26, 2011

 

“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” – Revelation 17:14

In 1927, film director Cecil B. DeMille released the silent film “The King of Kings.” In his autobiography, Demille describes how the movie affected people. He writes of a German Lutheran who saw The King of Kings in 1928 and was so moved by it that he became a pastor. The man eventually had a parish in Prague, Czechoslovakia. In his congregation was a Jewish convert to Christianity, a doctor, “who was promptly thrown into a concentration camp” when Hitler marched into Czechoslovakia. The Jew’s courage so enraged Gestapo officers that they beat him with an iron rod so that his arm had to be amputated. Then one Gestapo officer beat him so severely that “blood was streaming down his face,” held a mirror in front of him, and said, “Take a look at yourself. Now you look like your Jewish Christ.” The noble Jew “raised up the one hand he had left and with his last dying breath said, ‘Lord, never in my life have I received such an honor—to resemble You.’” The Gestapo officer, struck dumb by such saintliness, was so wracked by guilt that he thereafter secretly assisted the escape of hundreds of Jews. Demille writes that if it were not for The King of Kings, “350 Jewish children would have died in the ditches”

Jesus Christ is the “King of Kings” and He changes lives. Today in prayer, give praise to the King of Kings.

“And He shall reign forever and ever, King of kings! and Lord of lords! And He shall reign forever and ever, King of kings! and Lord of lords! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” – Georg Friedrich Handel

God’s Word: “to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time–God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords” – 1 Timothy 6:14-15

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2011, Devotional E-Mail

DEVOTIONS IN REVELATIONS

The Storm Of Storms
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Jan 25, 2011

“From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.” – Revelation 16:21

On August 1843, a destructive hailstorm hit Southern Britain. It was probably Britain’s most destructive recorded single hailstorm event. Near Oxfordshire, roofing tiles were “pounded to pieces”. The city of Cambridge experienced widespread destruction of glass, chimney pots, and roofing tiles.

Some of the hailstones were as large as 10 inches in diameter. They impacted the ground to a depth of 4 feet. Thunderstorms accompanied by tornadoes struck the countryside. A massive amount of trees were uprooted and crops were ruined.

Rector H.R.Yorke recorded the event: “the land before it was as the Garden of Eden, behind it a barren and desolate wilderness”. He concluded his report thankful that “amidst all this affliction God was merciful; no human lives were lost, and the destruction of property, although grievous, was partial.”

In the end days, the hailstorm described in Revelation 16, will be larger than any previous storm ever recorded. But with this coming event comes the good news that a New Heaven is coming. Today in prayer, praise Jesus that He uses nature to drive us into His loving arms and in Him we can find peace in the storm.

“Jesus taught men to see the operation of God in the regular and the normal – in the rising of the sun and falling of the rain and growth of plants.”  – William Temple

God’s Word: “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.” – Revelation 11:19

 

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2011, Devotional E-Mail

DEVOTIONS IN REVELATIONS

Key Reference: Revelation 17….

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