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Describe Jesus in one word.

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Were the descriptions more lamb-like or lion-like?

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Today's Passage

Revelation 19:11-21 NIV

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords. And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small." Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

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What stood out to you as you read this?

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Put yourself in the story as the various characters. What were they thinking, observing, and experiencing?

-Armies of heaven -Those being attacked -Angels -Jesus

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Think about it

Can justice be achieved without judgment? Is this passage a figurative representation of Jesus, or is it a literal representation?

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Think about it

If you were Jesus, what would you do with those who refuse to love and continue to oppress, destroy, abuse, and manipulate? Are you okay with the vision of Jesus as a lion-like conquering king?

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Wrap Up

What did you learn about God from this passage? What did you learn about yourself?

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Action

How can this passage help you in the context of living as a Christian in 2012? What must I change? What decisions must I make? What action must I take?

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