Daily Office Readings for Monday of the 3rd Week of Advent Year 2
“Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon; hold fast to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. If you conquer, I will make you a pillar in the temple of my God; you will never go out of it. I will write on you the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the New Jerusalem that comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” (Revelation 3:10 – 13)
Let us remember that the Book of Revelation is a Revelation from the Risen Jesus Christ to his apostle John. The revelation speaks of a patient endurance that will keep us from the hour of trial and that we will have new names and live in a New Jerusalem.
I am reminded that in Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer, we say, “And do not bring us to the time of trial.” (Luke 11:4) I once got a ticket for running a stop sign but through many apologies, agreeing to attend a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) safety course, and a friend in the court system, I was excused. My friend told me that my name is no longer on the docket. Full disclosure, I went on the appointed day anyway only to see that in fact my name was never called. It is nice to have someone who can excuse you from judgment.
Our apologies are our repentance, our churches are our DMV safety courses and Jesus is our friend who removes our names from the docket and “keeps us from the hour of trial.” However, we must keep the word of patient endurance in order for this to happen. Patient endurance is something we can conquer and become pillars in the temple of God. This is just another way of saying joyful waiting. Believe me, there is joy in knowing you have been “excused” from judgment.
Jesus also reveals to John that we will have new names, holy names. This is not new, Jesus often gives us new names as God did with Abram to Abraham and Jesus did with Simon to Peter. Some names stick however as did Mary’s and others. I guess the other big thing I will be looking for is that we will have a better Jerusalem, a New Jerusalem. Our current Jerusalem is built on an arid mountain. I often wonder how water was provided in the old days. Maybe a New Jerusalem in a valley would be better, a land flowing with milk and honey. I’m just pondering here, joyfully pondering.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John