Is Revelation’s God a God of peace?
Although I’ve studied the Bible a whole lot, I’ve been among those guilty of largely ignoring the book of Revelation. That’s at least partly because it is so enigmatic for most of us far from its original context and recipients. But although I question it being by the Apostle John, as tradition has tended to claim, I do believe there was wisdom in its inclusion in our New Testament. My old friend, Dr. Ted Grimsrud, here offers a beautiful and powerful insight right in line with my own understanding of the power of our non-coercive, loving God, evidenced in the vulnerable Lamb. This is well worth the time to read!
A sermon preached at Community Mennonite Church Lancaster
May 8, 2016 by Ted Grimsrud
The book of Revelation is a mystery, right? Scary, intimidating, fantastic, wacky, off-putting. When Kathleen and I first moved to Harrisonburg 20 years ago, we attended Park View Mennonite Church. We learned there how back in the 1950s, the Mennonites in Harrisonburg had intense conflicts about the interpretation of Revelation. So, in good Mennonite fashion, they decided they needed to stop talking about it. So, those who grew up after that had no exposure to Revelation. However, maybe, also, Revelation is fascinating and even inspiring. I think it’s worth wrestling with, and it may even have special importance for we who live today in the center of the world’s one great superpower.
What are we looking for?
When we take up Revelation, though, just like any other religious text, so much depends on what we are looking…
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