A Billion Likes
May 13, 2023
Your birthday is a very special day for you and for those that love you. It’s at least one day of the year that others honor you, not just for being born but for being the special person that you have become. I know for me; it makes me feel uncomfortable (but special) when others are recognizing and putting a spotlight on me. For others, it comes more naturally.
In today’s social media world, most of us either consciously or unconsciously, keep track of how many birthday wishes we receive. We all desire to feel loved and honored. I wonder how many birthday wishes the most popular person on social media receives? 1 million, 10 million, 100 million? No matter how many, there is One that one day will receive much, much more praise.
According to our verse today, at some point in the future, the world’s most powerful person, Jesus (some might call Him the ultimate Superhero) will be exalted and honored by every created being. In 5:1-4 there was a problem so bad it caused an angel to weep because no one was worthy to open the scroll of God. BUT in vs 5 –“ … Weep not; behold, the Lion that is of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath overcome to open the book and the seven seals thereof. (Vs 6) And I saw in the midst of the throne….a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain” (Vs 11) And I saw, and I heard a voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands (Vs 12) saying with a great voice, Worthy is the Lamb that hath been slain to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom, and might, and honor, and glory, and blessing.
The challenge we all face is that our sin has separated us from a Holy God. There is nothing we can do in our own power to fix this problem. At the just the right time in history God sent His Son who lived a perfect sinless life so He could be able to die for all of mankind’s sins. If we want to spend eternity in heaven with God, we need “to confess (agree with God about our sin) with our mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, (and) you will be saved” Romans 10:9
Your birthday is special. It was the day you entered this world as a person with a body, mind, soul and spirit. There is another incredibly special day coming when every created being will give glory to the One who conquered death. Jesus will have billions of people shouting His praise, but not everyone of those people’s destination will be heaven. God gives us a choice in our life to make the decision to confess our sins and accept what Jesus Christ did for us or we can choose to ignore His gift. If you have not done so, make this day your spiritual birthday so you enjoy eternity with Jesus.
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