Reigning with Christ
Scripture reading for December 28th: Job 34-36, Revelation 20
Key Scriptures: Revelation 20:4-6 “Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the Word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years.”
John saw thrones set up for those given authority to judge. He also saw the souls of the martyrs who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus Christ and their stand on the Word of God. These souls came to life in a resurrection and reigned with Christ Jesus for a thousand year period. This was the “first resurrection” and those who were part of this were declared “blessed and holy”. The second death–being judged for sin and cast into the eternal lake of fire–would have no power over these resurrected ones. They had not worshiped the beast or received his mark, but had remained true to the Lord in mind and body.
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I await the fullness of the first resurrection–a glorified body and reigning with You for the thousand years and then forever. Give me strength to declare Your invitation to all to join in the first resurrection. Watch over my steps and guide me by the light of Your Word.
Job 34:21-23 “For His eyes are on the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps. There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves. For God has no need to consider a man further, that he should go before God in judgment.”