Jesus believed that the future was a powerful factor in how we live out our lives in the present. When our perspective is fed by our faith, the future offers us an incentive to live to the fullest today. Jesus was executed a few days after he finished his explanation to his disciples about the end of the world. Jesus was taken down from the cross, he was buried, and three days later he was raised from the dead. This forever changed the perspective of Jesus’ disciples who were eyewitnesses of his resurrection. Jesus’ disciples lost the fear of death and consequently gained a unique hopefulness for the future. They knew what the future would hold but they were fearless despite it, and they were hopeful for what they knew would ultimately come.
1. How did you grow up thinking about heaven? How did it affect how you thought about the life to come? Has that changed at all?
2. People often think of heaven as the place we spend eternity, but according to the verses we looked today heaven and earth will be united. Earth will be recreated and we will live forever on the new earth with God himself living among us. Knowing what we know about the earth now, what do you think we can expect about the new earth to come?
3. Do you think that most Christians would live differently today if they truly believed in the end? Explain
4. Read Revelation 21:1-5. What stands out to you? Why?
5. Why should Jesus’ followers find themselves praying, “Even so, come Lord Jesus?”
6. What will be your biggest take aways from this series? Share with your group.
Try to find a way to be intentional to pray each day, “Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.”
Be praying about your level of generosity for our Easter offering going to our partners in Haiti and Los Angeles.
Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.