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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 15, 2017

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WEDNESDAY, November 15

Revelation 18:21b With such violence Babylon the great city will be thrown down, and will be found no more.

Revelation describes the destruction of Babylon in terms that don’t elicit a happy, ethereal vision of the Prince of Peace. My old theology professor, Bob Hughes, used to offer an important piece of encouragement for me: “Wrath is what love looks like to a sinner.”

For those who elevate themselves at the expense of others, Jesus’ return will seem catastrophic. They will lose the kind of power and status acquired by having more than others. In the kingdom to come, everyone is an equally and infinitely beloved child of God.

Jesus comes to us the first time to inaugurate the kingdom of heaven. Current events make it clear that God’s reign on earth isn’t what things are like in heaven, not by a long shot. When Jesus returns, the church proclaims that he will restore the entirety of creation—every atom, all of it, even us—to the holy peace and harmony that existed before the Fall.

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PRAY for the Diocese of Umzimvubu (Southern Africa)

Ps 119:97-120 * 81, 82 | Nehemiah 7:73b—8:3, 5-18 | Revelation 18:21-24 | Matthew 15:29-39

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