Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Yesterday I was meditating on this verse in the light of the fact that Christ is our Life; we live moment by moment by his power (I am the Life John 14:6).
I was moved by the thought that the Son of God took the human race (from Adam downwards) into His arms and essentially gave us mouth to mouth resuscitation! He was forced to hold close to Him a humanity that hated him and had expelled Him from their hearts.
This holding of humanity was not a picture of a grateful and appreciate person that should have died, this person (humanity) continued to try to kill Him and crucify Him daily at every opportunity. Every time we chose hate over love, every time we chose self over others, every time we choose frustration, anger and depression over joy, we seek to kill the spirit of Him who fills all in all.
Our Saviour seeks companionship with us as He carries us, yet we slumber and sleep while He carries the world on His shoulders. He comes to hear our earnest prayers and words of love towards him and we are silent and slumbering as if in silent protest for our troubles and trials!
As I thought on these things I was moved by the thought that all through this world's history there has in one sense only been one set of footprints. We have no life of our own, it only comes from Him and He must carry us the whole distance.
I don't want any part of me to resist Him, I want Him to hear my words of praise and affection, I want Him to hear of my appreciation for all He has created and done for me. If in some small way this will lighten His burden in carrying me towards the kingdom.
What a wonderful Saviour, Friend and Comforter is Jesus!