Guide for "Vision Season"
November 22 - December 31, 2020

It's great to celebrate Jesus's arrival as a baby at Christmas, but as citizens of his kingdom we need to double down on our Christmas celebration. I'm not talking about twice the activity (heaven forbid!) but twice the meaning.

We need to be celebrating the vision of Jesus's future reign right along with his birth. The whole Christmas story in the Bible points us in that direction. The wise men brought gifts to the King. Many Christmas carols rejoice in the coming of the King. What better time than Christmas to look into the future, get into a party mood, and pray, "Come, King Jesus"?

That's why the SYNC icon for Vision Season is not a manger or a Christmas tree but a rising sun. Jesus came to earth to announce a new era, the era of his kingdom or reign. Today we live in the dawn of his era. He will return to assert his authority, establishing the new era with blazing glory.

The "5G Quick Overview" below will establish your high-speed connection to Vision Season. Once you have that, go on with your preferred methods from these lists:
Catching onto the Vision Rhythm - getting the idea and the feel of it
Moving with the Vision Rhythm - letting it move you; living it out
As you catch and move with the Vision Rhythm, you will discover who you are, and you will like what you are becoming under the influence of Jesus--a trailer for the movie about the coming world of peace. You will "See Yourself iN Christ," and people will get a glimpse of the future just by being around you. 

The "5G" flow during Vision Season

Quick preview of catching the Vision Rhythm and moving with it

1G - Game-changer. Jesus is coming back to take over the world and create the utopia we thought was impossible.

The game-changer for Vision Season is Christ's return. This is the only one of the seven game-changers in the SYNC cycle that has not happened yet. But so far, God is six for six, so we have solid reason to trust him this one last time. MORE

2G - Gift. The promise of Christ's return is a gift, a solid reason for us to live in hope. 

We don't usually think of a promise as a gift. A gift is whatever is actually received when a promise is kept. But if the promise is given by someone who always keeps his word, the promise is a gift in itself. We feel almost like we have the gift already.  MORE

3G - Get it. The gift helps us if we "get it" that Jesus is more a king than a teacher. 

If we see Jesus as a teacher, then the pressure is on us to try to create the beautiful world he taught about. But if we see him as a King who is coming back to create that world himself, the pressure is off. We don't have to force improvements on the world. We just let Christ put those improvements inside us, and we let them spill out to heal, bless, and unite the world.  MORE 

4G - Go with it. Once we "get it," we live positive, radiant lives.

The natural thing to do is to "Go with it," to go with God's non-violent plans for global improvement. We start living like we have one foot in the future. We actually do. We already are free citizens of Jesus's kingdom. MORE 

5G - Genuineness. As we "go with it," we become walking previews of the future world that Christ will rule.

We find our authentic identity in Christ the Coming King. We are 100% genuine people, locked into the vision of Christ's return to reign. We are not pretending we are already perfect examples of the coming ideal world, but we are genuinely on the way to that world.  MORE

1G - Game-changer. Jesus is coming back to take over the world and create the utopia we thought was impossible.

The ancient prophecy says, "As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal—it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed" (Daniel 7.13-14) Jesus claimed to be that person, and he promised to return to fulfill that prophecy (Revelation 22.20) That will be the final game-changer in the story of the world.

At that time, everybody who thought they successfully got away with something will see their secret in the headlines. All unsolved murder cases will be solved. And it will be payback time, except that payback will not come from the victims. It will come from the King, exercising justice.

 

Those who want to oppose the King and undermine his reign of justice and peace will be destroyed and excluded. Every tactic they have been using to maintain unjust power in the current world will utterly fail in the coming world. They will not be able to mount an attack on the kingdom from outside or infiltrate it to do damage from inside. Their cause will be lost because the game will change.

2G - Gift. The promise of Christ's return is a gift, a solid reason for us to live in hope. 

The gift we get from this prophecy is a vision of Christ's return and the peace he will bring. No tears. No wars. No death. Not even any lies or gossip.  

 

This utopian vision brings us a paradoxical combination of internal peace and intense motivation. We can relax because we know the story of the world has a happy ending, but at the same time, we can't wait for it to happen. We are motivated to bring as much of heaven to earth as we can, and to do it as soon as we can without trying to force it.  

3G - Get it. The gift helps us if we "get it" that Jesus is more a king than a teacher. 

If we see Jesus as a good religious teacher, we don't "get it" yet. Teachers may give visions of an ideal world, but it is up to their students to bring those ideals about. The students have to study hard, work hard, and get as close to the ideals as they can. But in the real world, they fall short no matter how grand the ideals are or how good the teacher was. 

 

Politicians and revolutionaries also announce grand visions. They say, "You are sick. You need surgery. We know exactly how to operate on you. We have the sharpest scalpel that has ever been developed. And we have a wonderful anaesthetic so you will never feel a thing." But on the day of the surgery they show up with a rusty butcher knife, two aspirin, and 500 excuses.

We "get it" when we realize Jesus has more than a vision. He has a strategy and the power to execute the strategy. Jesus delivers on his promises. In fact, the name Jesus means, "God delivers."

 

Jesus doesn't watch his vision fall apart and then blame the failure on his followers, "You didn't work hard enough. You didn't follow the plan well enough." No, he starts the strategy by laying down his own life, as we saw in Honor Season. Then he takes the strategy into the next phase by putting his power into us, his followers. 

Bottom line:

  • Jesus was born to heal, bless, and unite the world.

  • We now do the same three things in his name and with his power.

  • He returns to totally do what we are partially doing.

We get it.

4G - Go with it. Once we "get it," we live positive, radiant lives.

Jesus reigns over us now, giving us some of the joy and peace that will be everywhere when he reigns everywhere. Whatever evil will be eradicated from the world at that time, we want him to eradicate from us right now. Whatever honor and praise the nations will give him then, we want to start giving already. We start "Living the Dream."

Jesus, as King, set this up so he could show everyone how well things turn out when he takes over. In this way they could be drawn into his kingdom too. People everywhere are wired to dream of the world that Jesus is going to bring, and when they see us, they should see their dreams coming true.

This is a great way to live! As people with one foot in a guaranteed future, we can re-inspire people who have become cynical about the way the world is going, people who don't even try any more because they think nothing will ever do any good. 

On the other hand, we can't let the world go to hell in a hand-basket right now, waiting for Jesus to instantly, magically transform it all when he returns. If we wait idly for his great day, we are not "going with" his strategy. He gave us the gift of the vision in order to move us to action and to keep us going when the action doesn't seem to work. This is no time to sit on our hands.

5G - Genuineness. As we "go with it," we become walking previews of the future world that Christ will rule.

We SYNC with that vision a little more each day. We aren't in the perfect world yet, but we can see it from here, and as we focus on it, its power changes us to be more like Christ the King. 

Of course, we are not perfect, complete examples of the future utopia. We do not totally make the world's dreams come true. That is neither our goal nor our burden because Jesus will do that part himself when he returns. Our role is only to give genuine glimpses into the coming world.

 

We are only trailers for the movie of utopia. If you have seen only the trailer for a movie, you haven't seen the whole movie yet, but you have seen enough to know what kind of a movie it will be. We don't have to be perfect to be genuine. The trailer is a genuine part of the movie even though it can't tell the whole story.

 

We prove our genuineness not by taking power or by doing good things that have great impact but by keeping on doing good even when the impact doesn't look impressive at all. Our persistence shows that we still trust Jesus to complete the vision even when it looks like the vision will never come true. We see the coming world that others can't see yet, and we stay genuinely in SYNC with the King of that coming world. That is how his kingdom comes and his will gets done--partially now through us; totally later through Jesus in person. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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