Day 3

November 30

November 30

Revelation 1:7-8

7 Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. 8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Better Days Are Coming

by Brandon Quarles

This world is completely broken. Racial injustice. Corrupt governments. School shootings. Famine. Human trafficking. Child abuse. Extreme poverty. Genocide. And the list is just getting started…

These realities can easily instill within us a sense of utter hopelessness and despair. None of these things, of course, comes as a surprise to God. An overarching theme running throughout nearly the entirety of Scripture is that ours is a desperately fallen world. Yet, the final book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, assures us that far better days are in store for those who place their faith, trust, hope and confidence in the Lord Jesus. I have observed that many people avoid reading Revelation, for a myriad of reasons. This is unfortunate, as Revelation explicitly pronounces a blessing on those who read it and take to heart what is written in it. (1:3).

Revelation describes in vivid and captivating detail how the current story ends, and how the new story begins. All of it revolves around, and points us to, Jesus (as does the whole Bible, from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22). His return will be sudden. It will represent an exceedingly joyous occasion for those whose lives are hidden with Christ in God, but a terrible and dreadful event for those who refuse to acknowledge his Lordship.

May this implant within each of us a sense of urgency when it comes to lovingly sharing the Gospel and making disciples of Jesus. May we be burdened for those within our own communities who have yet to place their faith in Christ. Moreover, may we be every bit as concerned for the billions of people around the world who not only have not surrendered to Jesus but who do not even yet know that there is a Jesus in whom to submit.

The most significant decision anyone ever makes is whether to accept or reject Jesus. How one responds to his offer of life determines whether he or she will spend eternity in the presence of, or totally separated from, God. Jesus alone is the source of eternal salvation. (Hebrews 5:9).

As followers of Christ, we take great solace in the fact that we have been united with him for eternity. Let us resolve during this season of Advent to regularly express our gratitude for his lovingkindness and for the marvelous hope that we have in him.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (Revelation 22:21).

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Brandon QuarlesBrandon Quarles

Brandon Quarles is a professor of Law and the director of the Law Library at Baylor Law School. In his role, Quarles ensures that the Law Library effectively supports the teaching, scholarship, research and service programs of Baylor Law.

Quarles also teaches all of the first- and second-quarter research classes in the Legal Analysis, Research, and Communications (LARC) program. Quarles and Baylor Law Professor Matt Cordon recently co-authored Researching Texas Law (4th ed. 2019), among other titles. He also serves as the faculty advisor to the Baylor Law chapter of the Christian Legal Society and stays regularly involved in various ministry activities throughout central Texas.