REV2221 (Revelation 22:21)

My daughter and I were stuck in the usual rush-hour traffic. Hundreds of illuminated red tail lights cast a hypnotic glow on our windshield and before our captive eyes. As we surveyed the monotonous scene and waited to move, my daughter noted a peculiar sight on one of the cars. “Dad, look at the car in front of us. That’s an interesting license plate!” As we both focused upon the plate, the following symbols came into focus.

 

REV2221

 

“What do you think it means, Dad?”

 

I was stymied by this odd combination of letters and numbers. “I don’t know….maybe it is the type of car engine? The name of a music group?” And then, inspiration struck.

 

“Sweetheart, do me a favor.” I handed my daughter my cell phone. “Open my Bible app and look up Revelation chapter 22, verse 21.” A few seconds later, my daughter read the following verse.

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

Revelation 22:21 (ESV)

 

Could be, I thought. I was intrigued since this was plausible and matched the last verse of the Bible. Why not pick a more familiar verse? Since Christians and non-Christians alike can usually cite John 3:16 and the familiarity of this verse undoubtedly would have led to it being emblazoned on someone else’s personalized plate as in this example: JOHN316

 

Regardless, I heartily approved of this person’s message and the original selection of the last verse of the Bible. I reflected upon the significance of this verse. In the Bible, the greatest Book ever written, God chose to open and close it with some of the most profound verses ever recorded.

 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1 (ESV)

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

Revelation 22:21 (ESV)

 

The first verse of the Bible tells us that God is the Creator of all creation and this is all we need to know. Science may help us to understand and unravel some of the mechanisms but ultimately, God created something out of nothing, and for one reason, to share His infinite love with all of us. Once He set time and existence into motion, He did not sit back and allow events to randomly occur. He created all life and mankind and guides the events of history. He knew that mankind would sin and turn away from God, His Creator. Yet, God, by His grace and mercy provided an answer to reconcile man to Himself. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a life as a Man. He lived a perfect sinless life, died, and was resurrected to life, Jesus conquered death and lovingly demonstrated that all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will have salvation and eternal life. By His grace, we have been saved through faith.

 

In the end, we exist only because of the grace of Jesus Christ.

 

REV2221.

 

God desires to restore the broken relationship that sin ruptured. What a wonderful message to display to everyone who will take the time to understand it!

 

May the grace of Jesus Christ be with everyone! Amen!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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