Week 52 Friday

The Star

Today’s scripture selection: Revelation 18-22

Key verses: Revelation 22:16

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give this message for the churches.  I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne.  I am the bright and morning star.”

Jesus of Nazareth has been called a lot of things over the years.

  • A teacher
  • A wonderful healer
  • A blasphemer
  • A zealot
  • A political revolutionary
  • A king
  • A great example
  • A lunatic
  • A prophet
  • A man raised from the dead
  • And of course…

The Son of God.

I suppose people will argue over who Jesus is as long as this world, as we know it, exists.

But one day…all the debate will come to a close.

For the Christian – regardless of how he or she pictures that day – one thing is certain.

God will have the last word.

And on that day, maybe the descriptions used in the Book of Revelation will prove to be the best ever offered.  Christ will finally be recognized as the beginning and the end; the Alpha and Omega; the “bright and morning star.”

And darkness – well, darkness will simply cease to exist.

Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus, come. AMEN.




By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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