SEE THE BIG PICTURE

LifeLink Devotional

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Recently my wife spent some time putting together a jigsaw puzzle. It sat uncompleted on the dining room table for days as she would occasionally look for the next few pieces to put in their proper place. Every once in a while she would grab the cover of the puzzle box and examine the big picture to get a context that would help her visualize what to look for on the next piece. Having the big picture in mind helped her find the little piece she needed next. Without the big picture, the little pieces can become overwhelming.

The people of Israel became overwhelmed with the little pieces. They chose to not see the bigger picture that had been presented to them. When they went out to celebrate the Messiah’s arrival in Jerusalem, they had a little piece mentality. They called Jesus the King of Israel.

John 12:13    “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”

If they had seen the big picture, they would have seen Jesus the Savior of the world. Compare what they declared on Palm Sunday to what the Apostle John saw in His vision of Jesus in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 19:11-16“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12  His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13  He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14  And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15  From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16  On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”

Our frustrations with all the little pieces of life can be better managed if we would stop and consider the big picture. Jesus is coming, and when He does, He will conquer everything and everyone. He is much more than the King of Israel; He is the King of Kings. He is far more than Lord over my life; He is Lord over all other lords. The big picture reveals how all the little pieces fit into one eternal redemptive plan – JESUS REIGNS!

When you get overwhelmed with all the little disconnected pieces of your life, remember this: they all fit into God’s big picture, and when Jesus returns the picture will be complete.

Pastor John

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