Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality
Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen (Revelation 1:18, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice).
In the quietness of the morning [or evening] take some extended time to experience Jesus as the one who is first and as the one who is last. Meditate on Jesus, the one who has always been, who was within the the fullness of God before the earth was even created… so wild. Meditate on Jesus, the one who will always be, the ruler, the king, the Lord of Lords and the God of Gods, the one who will be worshipped forever… [like forever forever].
My personal engagement with this session:
I mean… if this doesn’t completely fry my mental capacity, then I’m not really listening. I love this. In this passage of scripture, Jesus is absolutely communicating that he is God, he is the great being who is beyond our comprehension, the one who’s throne resides in heaven, in unapproachable light. He is not simply a man who did amazingly noteworthy things while on the earth. Nor was he simply a man who had a special connection to God. Jesus has always been God and there is no one like him. What a powerful distinction.
As I meditate on this reality, I realize that I know so little about him. Nor can I experience the fullness of him. I am grounded by his vastness and his power. I am astounded by his meekness. God, the one who spoke all that exists into being, came into his creation, unnoticed by mankind. God, left his omnipotence in the form of a man, he left his palace, and he came to be with us.
Thank you Jesus. You are glorious. You are more than I can comprehend or experience. As I meditate on you, the one who has always been and will always be, let me experience you, God, just a little more. Open my heart to know you more and more. Open my heart to experience you in a greater capacity.
An added note from Phil Rice
I hope you’ve benefited from this excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality. Share this session with anyone you think would be impacted and don’t hesitate to leave questions or comments for our mutual benefit of continued conversation.
Thanks for journeying alongside,