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Our Place Card at the Table of the King

Marriage Supper of the Lamb Names Glorification

Source: “The New Name” by George MacDonald, as published in Unspoken Sermons, and as retrieved from CHRISTIAN CLASSICS ETHEREAL LIBRARY, http://www.ccel.org/ccel/macdonald/unspoken1.vi.html , 1/14/15

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-17

Scripture: Revelation 2:17

Author: George MacDonald / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it” (Revelation 2:17).

Celebrated Christian author and minister George MacDonald relates this commentary on the above verse:

The true name of a person is one which expresses the character, the nature, the being, the meaning of the person who bears it. It is the man’s own symbol,—his soul’s picture, in a word,—the sign which belongs to him and to no one else. Who can give a man this, his own name? God alone. For no one but God sees what the man is … It is only when the man has become his name that God gives him the stone with the name upon it, for then first can he understand what his name signifies. … Such a name cannot be given until the man is the name … that being whom God had in His thought when He began to make the child, and whom He kept in his thought through the long process of creation that went to realize the idea. To tell the name is to seal the success—to say, “In thee also I am well pleased.”

George MacDonald (1824 – 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. He was also a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll.

APPLICATION

Any who have attended a wedding reception, or any great banquet for that matter, know that before taking one’s seat, one must consult a list to see what table and seat they have been assigned. Then, at the table, they will see a place card with their name upon it. Only then can they enjoy their rightful place at the table.

Only glorified sons and daughters of the Living God will be seated at His table for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. There, at that great feast, they will be called and known by the name which God alone has chosen for them—a new name which fully expresses all that they have become in Christ. Who knows but that the stone with our name engraved upon it might serve as the place card reserving our rightful place at the King’s table.

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Use Your Knees For Their Ultimate Purpose

Worship Purpose Glorification

Source: SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT, p. 147

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-04

Author: Raymond McHenry
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ILLUSTRATION

“Joni Eareckson Tada is that beautiful woman who became a quadriplegic through a diving accident at age seventeen. She hasn’t walked or known feeling in her legs for decades. While attending a convention, the speaker closed his message with an appeal for everyone to kneel in prayer.  Mrs. Tada was the only one unable to perform the task. Although God knew her heart was kneeling, she began to cry because she wanted to physically kneel before her Lord. Through tears of passion she prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, I can’t wait for the day when I will rise up on resurrected legs. The first thing I will then do is to drop on grateful, glorified knees and worship you.’”

Dr. Raymond McHenry has served as pastor of Westgate Memorial Baptist Church. He earned his Master of Divinity and his Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Bible Seminary.  Through his books and quarterly newsletter, IN OTHER WORDS, he has become a highly respected compiler of biblical illustrative materials.

APPLICATION

“Kneeling is but one expression of worship and can, like any other act of worship, be nothing more than a perfunctory and meaningless act. Yet, when we kneel out of true reverence for God we can experience a unique aspect of worship. Mrs. Tada desires to kneel, but can’t; may those of us who can, earnestly desire to.”

To summarize Mr. McHenry, your knees were made for worship … use them!

"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker" (Psalm 95:6).

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Just a Common Lump of Clay

God's Patience Spiritual Growth Glorification

Contributed By: Bill Stright | Date Posted: 2012-05-17

Scripture: Isaiah 64:8

Author: Bill Stright
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ILLUSTRATION

Back in my college days, I decided to take a class on pottery. My major was fine arts and pottery really wasn’t the direction I was going, but it looked like fun; especially the wheel. I’d begin with just a common old lump of clay. I’d have to knead it and really beat it to make sure there were no air bubbles in there. Any imperfections not brought to the surface would mean disaster later on. Then I’d just kind of slap it down on the center of the wheel. If it became off center, I couldn’t do anything with it and it would have to be repositioned.

Then (with the wheel turning) I began the process of molding and shaping. I’d begin to gradually draw up the sides and it would grow into something quite beautiful. Or in my case - it would grow into at least "something." In the process, little imperfections might crop up and they would need to be dealt with immediately or the clay would have to be pushed back down again and the process would need to begin from scratch.

Brushing on some colorful glazes and firing it in the kiln was the final step. Without the intense heat, the dried and hardened clay would be much too fragile to be used. The next day, I’d hurry to the kiln to see what my masterpiece looked like. All too often, I’d find my work shattered into dozens of pieces. It didn’t stand up to the heat. I can still remember the feeling of disappointment. But for those creations that made it to the end - what a sense of excitement and joy!

APPLICATION

Since God is described as our "Potter," we should recognize our life in this process. Spend a little time just reflecting on where you are in your walk with Jesus, how you are dealing with some of the trials of life, and what molding and shaping still needs to be done.

"Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand" (Isaiah 64:8).

We're All Just Empty Space

Humility Glorification Perspective

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2010-10-17

Scripture: James 4:14 ; Hebrews 2:6

Author: Tyndale House Publishers
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The Generous Thief

God's Promises Death Resurrection

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Job 1:21

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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Scientists Discover Whole-Body Regeneration Switch

Resurrection Easter Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-04-18

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Philippians 3:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Doomsday Clock

Watching for Jesus End Times Prophecy

Contributed By: Matthew Kruse | Date Posted: 2019-02-01

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:11

Author: Matthew Kruse
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No Better Hope Than Heaven

Heaven Hope Resurrection

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2018-08-14

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9 ; 2 Corinthians 5:4

Author: Rod Crowell / Illustration Exchange
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Heaven Series--Surprise #1: Heaven Has A Physical Dimension!

Heaven Series God's Care Heaven

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:3

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Heaven Series--Surprise #2: Earth Was Intended To Be Our Heaven!

Heaven Heaven Series God's Immutability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:13 ; Matthew 5:5

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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