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“THE CHRIST of COMMUNITY” Revelation 7:9-10 Josef Rasheed, Th.M. PROTOCOL – Greetings; Wave & Greet; Pentecost Sunday/Conclusion of Series INTRO: I like Movies...that begin showing the end. Slumdog Millionaire; Forrest Gump; SAVING PRIVATE RYAN-1998. In this movie, an unknown man walks down a path that we discover is a cemetery. He kneels in tears and is surrounded by a COMMUNITY, wife, children. Revelation 7:9-10 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” PRAY “THE CHRIST of COMMUNITY” This passage captures an ending scene of a great multitude. COMMUNITY = a group of people living in the same region having particular characteristic in common.
THE COMMUNITY HAS AN EQUALITY OF LEVEL. 9a Level = position. Who’s in the COMMUNITY? People from every nation. Imagine it... Africa = 54; Asia = 48; Europe = 44; Americas = 43; ARABS = 22 People from every tribe and language group. Bloods; Aryan Nation; Tong; Barrio Azteca; Palestinians. Equal LEVEL of righteousness - All wearing white robes. White=purity of Character; perfection of Unity. Made white through the miracle of GRACE. “Amazing Grace” Equal LEVEL of Praise - Holding palm branches = Joy and Triumph over sin...especially the sin of RACISM. All people - This is the Intention OF THE CHRIST OF COMMUNITY - A Community OF EQUALITY. THE COMMUNITY HAS AN EQUALITY OF LOCATION. 9b Standing before the throne. Refer IS 6. Standing in front of the Lamb. REV 21:2-3. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Today, Jerusalem is an earthly LOCATION in turmoil. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for the welfare of it, for all good to it. Historically, JERUSALEM was the LOCATION where ALL people would gather to fellowship with God and one another. JERUSALEM was the LOCATION where His justice was sincerely executed. But JERUSALEM Represents The future COMMUNITY. SO, We must pray for Jerusalem, not out of custom, but out of love to God’s divine rule and reign of man and man’s worship of God. THE COMMUNITY HAS AN EQUALITY OF LOVE. 10 Love of God - Salvation belongs to OUR GOD who sits on the throne and to the Lamb. Love One Another - Acts 2:42; 45-47. 42 A community devoted to the apostles’ teaching; fellowship, breaking of bread; prayer. 44 believers having everything in common. 46WORSHIP Every day 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. What is the purpose of this LOVE? UNITY & SALVATIONJOHN 17:21. 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
CLOSE: Can you imagine the goodness of Christ to create such a COMMUNITY? No Hatred No Superiority No Racism No Sexism PRAISE GOD FOR the CHRIST of COMMUNITY. THE EQUALITY OF LEVEL (Position) THE EQUALITY OF LOCATION (Placement) THE EQUALITY OF LOVE (Passion)
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