Revelation 1-3: A blessing.
“The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw – that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”NIV
A well known preacher suggested that there are two books in the Bible the devil has a particular hatred for – the first and the last. ‘Genesis’ exposes his devices and prophecies his doom; ‘Revelation’ speaks of his destiny. Well, are now moving from the first book to the last.
For the past few years I have written these daily thoughts, covering many books in both Old and New Testaments. But so far, I have put off tackling the book of ‘Revelation’. Christians hold a variety of views about how to interpret it, and I don’t want to get lost in that particular maze.
But for a while I have felt a regular prodding to head in the direction of this book, in this new year, and I know better than to ignore it. God knows the reason why, and that is enough.
I’m not writing about ‘Revelation’ because I’m an expert, but I invite you to join me on a journey of discovery, as, together, we ask the Holy Spirit to show us Jesus. Someone said that the message of the apocalypse is simple: ‘In the end, Jesus wins!’ Whatever line of interpretation they may hold, believers tend to agree that the overall theme concerns the sovereignty of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Above all, this book is a ‘’Revelation’’ both of and from Jesus. It’s an unveiling of the King, and His purposes for the world.
As we embark on our journey, with ‘L’ plates firmly in place, we should surely feel blessed by the blessing of verse 3. Let’s not fear it, but be blessed as we read.
PRAYER: Lord, in some ways this book scares me. It’s a bit of a puzzle to me. Some of its themes and pictures frighten me. But I thank you that above all it shows me Jesus on the throne of the universe, and he cannot be moved. Lord God, please open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word.