Scripture reading for April 10th: John 4, Psalm 72, Proverbs 10
Key Scriptures: John 4:34-38 “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”
Jesus had shared with a Samaritan woman that He was the Messiah. She was so excited that she ran into her village and told others about Jesus, inviting them to come meet Him. This was the ‘work’ that the Father had sent Jesus to do. He instructed His disciples as the people of the village were streaming to meet Him, “See that the fields are white for harvest.” Some sow, others reap, but rejoice that fruit is being gathered for eternal life!
Faith Confession: Lord, I see the fields ripe for harvest! Thank You for allowing me to participate in the sowing and reaping of this ‘fruit’ for eternal life. (Action Step: Share the Gospel with someone you know who may be lost but is open to listen.)
Psalm 72:16 “May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field.”
Scripture reading for December 19th: Revelation 14
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 14:14-16 “I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one “like a Son of Man,” with a crown of gold on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. The another angel came out of the Temple and called in a loud voice to Him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take Your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who was seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth and the earth was harvested.”
Revelation 14 ends with a description of two harvests. These Scriptures describe the first harvest and apparently Jesus Christ as the One with the sickle who is told by an angelic messenger to “reap”. With that command, the earth will be harvested! But this chapter continues with the description of another angel who also has a sickle and a companion in charge of the fire. This angel is commanded to reap the clusters of grapes from earth’s vine, which were ripe, and throw them into the wine-press of God’s wrath! The righteous are gathered to God and the wicked will go to judgment!
Observations for over-comers: There are only two possibilities for each person after life on earth is over: eternal life in God’s presence through Jesus Christ or eternal wrath in the Lake of Fire. “Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the wine-press is full and the vats overflow–so great is their wickedness!” (Joel 3:13)
Sunday November 2nd, 2014
Dear Friends of Jesus,
Harvest is nearly in and the season of Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Of course, for Christians, each day is a day of thanksgiving for the grace we receive from our relationship with our Lord Jesus! We enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! Gather with God’s people today and offer thanks to Jesus for His marvelous salvation! Remember His broken body and shed blood as we partake of Holy Communion. Never forget His love for you and me and His promise to return and take us to be with Him! Today could be that day!
In His Love, Pastor John and Mary