Daily Devotionals

The End Week 2: Wednesday

Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. Revelation 3:11

After we think about Jesus’ return, one of the main questions we want to know is when He is coming. The next question we have is what will happen when He returns. As we dive into that and look into Scripture, it becomes clear that He will execute justice when He returns. He is going to come to judge the world and set things right.

 John, one of Jesus’ disciples, talked about Jesus’ upcoming judgment in the book of Revelation. God gave John a vision explaining what would happen during the end times, and John wrote about it in Revelation. In this vision, John saw a white horse with a rider named Faithful and True, who judges the world. The rider was Jesus, who, when He returns, will act as judge. John continued saying, “From His mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod” (verse 15). This vision was a picture of what was to come. John explained that one of the things Jesus is going to do when He returns is to judge the world when He returns. Specifically, He will judge those who have not placed their faith in Him for all of the sins that they have committed. After all, every sin is a rejection of His power and authority. 

For those who have placed their faith in Christ, however, we can have confidence that Jesus’ blood covers our sins. When God looks at us, He sees the blood of Jesus instead of our sin. Because of this, instead of judgment, we receive eternal life in Him if we have trusted Him. This is the good news for followers of Christ.

It is true that Jesus is going to return one day and judge the world. However, those who are followers of Christ have hope because Jesus has taken on our sin and shame that we deserve. May we always remember to thank Him for what He has done for us and share our faith in Christ with the people around us so that they, too, may experience faith in Christ.

Moving toward action

Have you placed your faith in Jesus? If not, is anything holding you back? When you place your faith in Jesus and confess your sins and commit your life to Him, God no longer sees your sin; He sees the blood of Jesus. Call or text 505-922-9200 to speak with a pastor today. Maybe you have given your life to Christ, and you know that the blood of Jesus covers your sin, but you need to confess your sin. Take some time now to do just that. Confess your sin to Jesus. Tell Him you are sorry because you know that your sin separates you from Him, and thank Him for the forgiveness He offers through His blood.

Going Deeper

 Revelation 3:11-21 (NLT)

" I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. 12 All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name.

13 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.

The Message to the Church in Laodicea
14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:

15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne."