Getting to Know Jesus: Revelation 5

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I just can’t get over the book of Revelation. Although confusing at times, this book remains as a source of encouragement for me because it initiates a shift in perspective away from myself onto something much greater. No matter how overwhelming or anxious my situations may seem, getting a glimpse of Jesus in His glory and pure essence just makes me seem so small. And I think that’s a good thing. Sometimes we need to feel small to realize just how finite our lives are when compared to our great God. And that it will all be okay in the end. Then what I face doesn’t have to bother me as much. For I know that the One holding the whole timeline of the universe in His hands will always be there and will always love me.

We can know this because of what Jesus sacrificed to win us back from sin and death.

Revelation chapter 5 in particular gives us a picture of Jesus in relation to His sacrifice for us. We get a glimpse of what this actually looked like for Jesus to offer Himself to God in our place and the subsequent honor and power it has unleashed. Jesus is not described in this chapter in His earthly humanity or even in His radiant divinity, but in His vulnerability to embrace the nature of a lamb.

In Revelation 5 specifically, as Jesus embraces this nature of a lamb, He is worshipped for it. He is not worshipped because of His splendor. Not because of His miracles. Not because of His endearing words. Not in this chapter. But because He is the Lamb!…He is so worshipped. The only One who was willing to pay the price. The only One who stepped up to address the problem of our sin and death. And because of this, He is recognized very clearly in Revelation 5 as the only One who is worthy. The only One who has any value. The only One who ultimately has any power. The only One who is able to fix the problem of sin and a world of death.

This is made evident in verses 2-4 when an angel asks loudly among all in heaven, who is worthy to open the scrolls? No one is found. And John weeps as he observes this. How devastating it would be to glimpse the reality of no hope. That is what John briefly experienced in that moment of wondering. No hope. That is what you and I deserve. No hope. That is what John saw when nobody came forth to open the scroll. No hope. That is what you and I dwell among right now in our sinful depravity. No hope.

But praise to be God, it all changed!

At last in verses 5-6 the Lamb is found! The Lamb was the only hope. For the Lamb is the root of David. The Lamb is the mighty conqueror. The Lamb overcame death in our place. The Lamb has brought hope back to life. The Lamb is worthy to open the scroll. And now we have hope. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice as the Lamb of God alone do we have hope. There is no other way. We cannot manufacture it on our own. Jesus alone has been given honor and power to do what nobody else can. He alone.

Jesus embraced the nature of a lamb so that He could offer Himself to God as a sacrifice for all the sin that you and I have ever committed. He is the only One who could fix our dilemma. For He alone lived a perfect life as God sent from heaven in human form.

But this lamb is not just any ordinary lamb.

What really stood out to me in this passage was in verse 6 where John describes this lamb as still standing. John sees a lamb that obviously looks like it has been slain and mangled. He sees pain, scars, wounds and death. He sees a lamb that should not be alive. So it doesn’t make sense that a lamb that has been cut apart would be able to stand. But Jesus did. It doesn’t make sense that He would have any strength left. But Jesus did. It doesn’t seem possible that a lamb murdered and sacrificed would still be alive. But Jesus is. And because of this, we have been made alive! Jesus is the only One who had the power to defeat death despite death. He alone is able to bring life. His sacrifice was intentional not accidental.

Different from other chapters in Revelation, Jesus never speaks in Revelation 5. Not a word by Him is uttered. The silence of Jesus in this chapter reflects what had been accomplished in His quiet submission to go to the cross. And His humble confidence to do what needed to be done, fully taking responsibility for something that He never deserved. A problem He didn’t have to fix, but chose to take on Himself as the one through whom all things were created. Because of His obedience, He is worshipped in this chapter as the most worthy thing in the entire universe as we start to hear other voices rising with praise beginning with verse 9 in this passage. And all just stand in awe of the only One who is able to open the scroll.

The Jesus I read about in Revelation chapter 5 has the attention of every single living thing around Him. Nobody is able to look away. Nobody is able to remain silent either. Worship erupts. And this time, Jesus remains silent. For all of existence has been riding on Him from the beginning of time until now. And the time for His purpose to be fully accomplished is coming.

In light of this we have to ask ourselves, when’s the last time I gazed upon Jesus with awe? When’s the last time I erupted in praise for what He has done? For if we get to know Jesus correctly and see Him the way that John did as is recounted in this book, we will never be the same when we consider the person of Jesus.

Let us get to know Jesus as the tender yet resilient lamb. Humble yet powerful ruler. Meek yet mighty warrior. The One who loves us with such a deep love that nothing could stand in the way of Him doing for us what we could not do for ourselves: fix the problem of sin and death.

Let us all gaze upon Him with awe. Let us stop what we’re doing, get quiet and posture ourselves before Jesus, the Lamb of God who has taken our pain and suffering upon Himself in our place.

May we be forever grateful to Jesus for what He has done for us. May we not take this lightly. May we revere Him as so valuable and glorious and worthy of our hearts. May we gaze in awe of Him and be so compelled to sing praises to Him, finally understanding why He deserves our worship in the first place.

Summary of Revelation 5

John sees One seated on the throne holding a scroll in His right hand; an angel inquires about who is worthy to open and read the scroll; no one is able to open it; John starts to weep because there is no one found worthy enough to open the scroll; one of the elders consoles John by telling him that there surely is one who is worthy to open the scroll, the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the root of David; John sees the Lamb between the throne of God and four creatures; the Lamb is described as one who has been slain, with seven horns and seven eyes; the Lamb goes and takes the scroll from the right hand of the One seated on the throne; the living creatures and all the elders fall down before the Lamb as He takes the scroll; they sing to the Lamb; John sees angels who start to sing to the Lamb; John then hears every creature in heaven, earth and in the sea singing to the Lamb; the four creatures say amen; the elders fall before the Lamb and worship Him.

Jesus in Revelation 5

Jesus’ response was anticipated (v. 2)

Jesus is needed (v. 2)

Jesus is necessary (v. 2)

Jesus’ absence is mourned (v. 4)

Jesus absence forever would have brought about ceaseless sorrow (v. 4)

Jesus’ existence is enough to stop our tears (v. 5)

Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah (v. 5)

Jesus is the Root of David (v. 5)

Jesus is royal (v. 5)

Jesus is the promised one humanity had been waiting for (v. 5)

Jesus’ arrival to open the scroll is awaited (v. 5)

Jesus is the source of hope (v. 5)

Jesus has conquered all that needed to be conquered (v. 5)

Jesus’ conquering enables Him to open the scroll and its seven seals (v. 5)

Jesus is the only one with real power (v. 5)

Jesus is mighty (v. 5)

Jesus does what nobody else can do (v. 5-7)

Jesus is described as a Lamb (v. 6)

Jesus looks like He has been slain (v. 6)

Jesus is mangled (v. 6)

Jesus in the form of this lamb has 7 horns and 7 eyes (v. 6)

Jesus in not an ordinary lamb (v. 6)

Jesus possesses the 7 spirits of God sent out through all the earth (v. 6)

Jesus is standing not sitting (v. 6)

Jesus is alive despite His death (v. 6)

Jesus is victorious in spite of his slaughtering (v. 6)

Jesus defeated death with death (v. 6)

Jesus takes the scroll from the One seated on the throne (v. 7)

Jesus is an initiator (v. 7)

Jesus has a task to still accomplish (v. 7)

Jesus is given all control (v. 7)

Jesus causes the living creatures and elders to fall at His feet in worship (v. 8)

Jesus is worshipped with music and prayer (v. 8)

Jesus is worthy to touch the scroll (v. 9)

Jesus is worthy to open the scroll (v. 9)

Jesus is acknowledged by the elders in heaven as being slain (v. 9)

Jesus shed blood (v. 9)

Jesus ransomed people for God (v. 9)

Jesus redeems people from every tribe, tongue and nation (v. 9)

Jesus fixed the problem of sin and death (v. 9)

Jesus has made His people a kingdom (v. 10)

Jesus has made His people priests to God (v. 10)

Jesus’ sacrifice will enable His people to reign on the earth (v. 10)

Jesus invites His people to partner with Him (v. 10)

Jesus gives His people responsibilities (v. 10)

Jesus attracts a multitude of angels, living creatures and the elders to worship Him (v. 11-12)

Jesus is again acknowledged as the Lamb who was slain (v. 12)

Jesus’ sacrifice is the most glorified thing about Him in this chapter (v. 12)

Jesus’ sacrifice alone makes Him worthy of complete worship (v. 12)

Jesus is worshipped by all those in heaven surrounding Him (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive power (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive wealth (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive wisdom (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive strength (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive honor (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive glory (v. 12)

Jesus is worthy to receive blessing (v. 12)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne are both worshipped by everything in the universe (v. 13)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne are given blessing (v. 13)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne are given honor (v. 13)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne are given glory (v. 13)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne are given dominion (v. 13)

Jesus and the One sitting on the throne are worshipped forever and ever (v. 13-14)

Jesus and the One who sits on the throne see the elders fall down before them in worship (v. 14)

 

“And I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.  And one of the elders said to me, ‘Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’” –Revelation 5:4-5 –

 

Questions for Today:

  • What is the picture of Jesus described like in Revelation chapter 5?
  • Why is this portrayal of Jesus significant?
  • Do I fully understand what Jesus did for me as the Lamb of God to fix the problem of sin and death in the world?
  • Why should I be in awe of Jesus?
  • What next step is Jesus asking me to take in my relationship with Him today?

“Let it Be Jesus” by Passion Band ft Christy Nockels

Getting to Know Jesus: Revelation 3

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In the Revelation of Jesus Christ, revealed to John on the island of Patmos, Jesus spends chapter 2-3 verbalizing what John is to write to the seven churches in Asia Minor. Scattered across the Anatolia Peninsula (or present day Western Turkey) these seven churches include Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea, originating in part because of the influence of Paul’s missionary journeys within the region. As Jesus speaks to these churches specifically in this book, these churches ultimately typify the large swath of churches that have existed since the time of the early church and still remain today. Christ’s appraisal, instruction and affirmation of these churches extends to all churches for all time and should be considered seriously when evaluating the livelihood of a congregation or body of faith.

Similarly, these exhortations should be considered individually as well. As we get to know Jesus in Revelation chapter 3, it is clear that Jesus remains aware of our spiritual condition. Just as he spoke to these churches in Asia Minor, who possessed strengths and weaknesses regarding their faith, so Jesus also speaks into our lives regarding where we are at in our relationship with Him. Through His Holy Spirit, we are made aware of the true contents of our hearts. Sometimes this can be a rather ugly picture, just as the church in Laodicea was reprimanded for being “lukewarm” or indifferent in their faith. But this can also inspire change in us if we obediently respond to the call to pursue Jesus.

Reading this passage in Revelation chapter 3, I can see various areas in my own life where my faith is either frail or flourishing. Because of this, I’m finding it is extremely important to be open to reprimand and consultation for the sake of spiritual growth. As we desire to grow more like Christ, we must recognize our own tendencies to fail spiritually while asking God to help us, but also recognize the areas where we are flourishing spiritually while giving thanks to God for His grace to do so and His grace to sustain us.

When we consider that Jesus does indeed notice our faith it should compel us to pursue Christlikeness passionately and purposefully.

Revelation 3 reveals Jesus as the One who sees all but still cares enough to admonish His followers out of love. He alone possesses knowledge regarding the deepest parts of our hearts. And He longs to cleanse us. But we must be attentive to Him. His words of matter. Only His words. His opinion regarding where we are at in our faith matters. His opinion regarding our spiritual lives matter. Everything He has to say to us matters. Letting Him expose us to our own sinful tendencies so that we may confront them is imperative in growing more Christlike.

Without this refining we are susceptible to grow complacent, or even lukewarm like the church in Laodicea. And that is just not a good place to be. Let us elevate our view of Jesus Christ so that we may receive His words with honor and anticipation of His glorious beauty revealed. Jesus has a word He wants to speak to our hearts today. May we have ears to hear and hearts receptive.

Summary of Revelation 3

Jesus speaks to John, who is exiled on the island of Patmos and receives a vision from the Lord about the last days; Jesus instructs John to write a letter to the angel of the church in Sardis; Jesus tells them that He knows their activity and reputation, yet he exposes them as being dead, not alive in the faith; Jesus tells them they must repent; Jesus acknowledges that there are a few at the church in Sardis who have not soiled their garments with dead faith; Jesus instructs John to write a letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia; Jesus tells them He has given them an open door that remains open and no one can shut; Jesus notices their faith and endurance despite their weakness; Jesus reminds them that He is coming soon; Jesus instructs John to write a letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea; Jesus rebukes them for being lukewarm; Jesus says He will spit them out of His mouth if they remain this way; Jesus offers them gold refined by fire, white garments to cleanse themselves, and eye salve so they may see; Jesus tells them He disciplines those whom He loves; Jesus says that He waits at the door knocking and will come to whoever opens the door to Him; Jesus will allow the one who conquers to sit on His throne with Him just as His Father allowed Him to sit with Him on His throne; Jesus extols them to listen.

 

Jesus in Revelation 3

Jesus instructs the church in Sardis (v. 1-6)

Jesus speaks with authority (v. 1)

Jesus knows their works (v. 1)

Jesus is aware of their reputation among the community (v. 1)

Jesus sees beneath reputation (v. 1)

Jesus sees them for what they truly are (v. 1)

Jesus is aware of their spiritual condition (v. 1)

Jesus points out the discrepancy between what others perceive of them and who they truly are (v. 1)

Jesus always perceives our hearts (v. 1)

Jesus exhorts them to wake up (v. 2)

Jesus exhorts them to strengthen what remains (v. 2)

Jesus warns them that what remains is about to die unless it is dealt with (v. 2)

Jesus does not find their works complete in the sight of God (v. 2)

Jesus admonishes for the sake of their renewal (v. 2)

Jesus rebukes because He cares (v. 2)

Jesus reminds them to remember what they have heard and been taught (v. 3)

Jesus urges them to repent (v. 3)

Jesus wants to forgive them (v. 3)

Jesus will come against the unresponsive (v. 3)

Jesus will come like a thief at an unknown hour (v. 3)

Jesus recognizes those in Sardis who have remained faithful (v. 4)

Jesus will walk with the faithful ones in white (v. 4)

Jesus calls these few ones worthy (v. 4)

Jesus bestows honor (v. 4)

Jesus will cloth the one who conquers in white garments (v. 5)

Jesus cleanses (v. 5)

Jesus will never blot out the names of the one who conquer in the book of life (v. 5)

Jesus’ love is unconditional (v. 5)

Jesus will confess their names before the Father and His angels (v. 5)

Jesus urges them to listen to these words (v. 6)

Jesus acknowledges the Holy Spirit as the one who is inspiring these words to the churches (v. 6)

Jesus works in tandem with the Holy Spirit (v. 6)

Jesus display the interrelation of the trinity (v. 6)

Jesus instructs the church in Philadelphia (v. 7-13)

Jesus is the holy One (v. 7)

Jesus holds the key of David (v. 7)

Jesus controls the access into the kingdom (v. 7)

Jesus authority cannot be overridden by anybody (v. 7)

Jesus is powerful (v. 7)

Jesus knows their works (v. 8)

Jesus gives them an open door (v. 8)

Jesus knows that they have little power (v. 8)

Jesus is aware of their weaknesses (v. 8)

Jesus notices they have kept His word (v. 8)

Jesus notices they have not denied His name (v. 8)

Jesus recognizes them for their faithfulness (v. 8)

Jesus sees all (v. 8)

Jesus perceives all (v. 8)

Jesus will condemn those who lie about who they are (v. 9)

Jesus does not tolerate deceitfulness (v. 9)

Jesus will display His love toward His own (v. 9)

Jesus affirms those He loves (v. 89

Jesus notices they have endured patiently (v. 10)

Jesus will spare them from the hour of trail coming to the world (v. 10)

Jesus will try those who dwell on the earth (v. 10)

Jesus will bring justice (v. 10)

Jesus is coming soon (v. 11)

Jesus’ return is a literal expectation (v. 11)

Jesus urges them to hold fast to what they have that no one may seize their crown (v. 11)

Jesus will make the one who conquers a pillar in the temple of God (v. 12)

Jesus will write on the one who conquers the name of His God (v. 12)

Jesus will write on the one who conquers the name of the city of His God (v. 12)

Jesus bestows one’s identity (v. 12)

Jesus calls the city of His God the new Jerusalem (v. 12)

Jesus describes the new Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven (v. 12)

Jesus will write on the one who conquers His own new Name (v. 12)

Jesus urges them to listen to these words (v. 13)

Jesus instructs the church in Laodicea (v. 14-22)

Jesus is the Amen (v. 14)

Jesus is the faithful witness (v. 14)

Jesus is the true witness (v. 14)

Jesus is the beginning of God’s creation (v. 14)

Jesus knows their works (v. 15)

Jesus observes they are neither cold nor hot (v. 15)

Jesus wishes they would at least be either cold or hot, not lukewarm (v. 15-16)

Jesus will spit them out of his mouth (v. 16)

Jesus despises halfhearted faith (v. 16)

Jesus wants all or nothing (v. 16)

Jesus knows they think they have enough without Him (v. 17)

Jesus exposes their frailty and false sense of security (v. 17)

Jesus counsels so that they might find life (v. 18)

Jesus offers gold and white garments (v. 18)

Jesus offers salve to anoint their eyes so they will see (v. 18)

Jesus wants them to be made whole (v. 18)

Jesus reproves and disciplines those whom He loves (v. 19)

Jesus possesses parental concern (v. 19)

Jesus cares about our spiritual condition (v. 19)

Jesus exhorts them to be zealous and repent (v. 19)

Jesus desires for them to be saved through Him (v. 19)

Jesus stands at the door and knocks (v. 20)

Jesus will come to anyone who opens the door to Him (v. 20)

Jesus is available (v. 20)

Jesus is accessible (v. 20)

Jesus will grant the one who conquers to sit with Him on His throne (v. 21)

Jesus has conquered and sat down with His Father at His throne (v. 21)

Jesus bestows royal privileges (v. 21)

Jesus bestows honor (v. 21)

Jesus urges them to listen to these words (v. 22)

Jesus is persistent (v. 22)

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” –Revelation 3:20 –

Questions for Today:

  • How often do I evaluate my heart?
  • Am I confronting spiritual weaknesses in my life that need to be dealt with?
  • How do I respond to Jesus when He reveals things in my heart that need to be dealt with?
  • Why is it significant that Jesus disciplines those He loves?
  • What next step is Jesus asking me to take in my relationship with Him today?

“Anchor” by Hillsong Worship

Getting to Know Jesus: Revelation 22

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To know that Jesus is coming soon comforts my soul. No matter what we face in the midst of momentary troubles, Jesus will return to restore our weakened souls into a marvelous reflection of His glory. And we will be forever held in the arms of the One we were made for. The One who holds the universe together. The One who can satisfy. Sometimes I wish Jesus would just come back now. That He would come and rescue us from this world wrought with pain and confusion. And bring us into His glorious dwelling place, at the feet of the One whom the universe cries out to in praise and wonder. But that time has not yet come. We are left here for a reason. To live out our lives like Jesus and share with others what we’re all waiting for. The hope of eternity with our Savior.

In Revelation 22, Jesus exclaims many times over that He is indeed returning for us. Through prophecies of events yet to come in the book of Revelation revealed to his disciple, John, Jesus gives us a glimpse into the future, elevating our sense of urgency to make the most of the time we have now. Exiled on the rocky, barren island of Patmos for proclaiming the gospel in Rome, John probably thought that his purpose in life had come to a halt.  There was nobody around him to talk to, nobody to share Christ with, nobody at all. Surely nothing fruitful could come from being exiled upon a rocky, barren island. But Jesus proves him otherwise. In this midst of his dry and seemingly useless circumstance, Jesus shows up in an extraordinary way to John. When he least expected it. Because of this revelation, John authored the most prolific book of the Biblical canon. Out of a rocky, barren place came a fresh anointing of revelation.

This is so applicable to our lives today, which are filled with rocky and barren places…rocky and barren circumstances… rocky and barren hopes. In the midst of your dry and weary circumstance, know that Jesus has a revelation he wants to give to you. It probably won’t be as vivid as what John saw. You may not even see a thing. But the Lord will speak to you through His Word if you let Him. He will quiet our souls with His presence if we will be still and know that He is God. He will encourage us through others who have words of wisdom to share. Let us be attentive to the whispers of the Lord. For God’s whispers bring life and healing to dry places. He is living water.

Because of this imminent hope, this passage in Revelation 22 should thrill us and fill us with such excitement and anticipation for eternity that we just can’t restrain ourselves from declaring the gospel message in which we believe. John was privileged with this revelation of the end of times and the coming Christ, and so entrusted to share it. Likewise, we are entrusted with the gospel message for the hope of all who would call on the name of the Lord. Partnering with God in evangelism hinges on our desperation to share this good news with others. Not that God needs us. But He does want us to partner with Him. If we don’t feel the need to do so, we risk missing the opportunity to contribute to God’s cause of salvation on the earth. We must join with Him in reaching out to others who need hope in the midst of their rocky, barren circumstances. For Jesus is never too far away to reveal Himself.

Let this passage in Revelation 22 be an encouragement for our souls as we learn about the coming of our redeemer Jesus Christ. The One who reigns with bold authority and gentle love. The One in whom the river of life is found. Let us drink from the river of life together, and offer this overflowing cup of living water to all those who will partake.

Summary of Revelation 22

The angel shows John the river of life that flows through the middle of the new city of heaven; John describes the river and then the tree of life with its 12 kinds of fruit; the leaves are for the healing of the nations; there will no longer be anything accursed; the throne of God and the Lamb will be worshiped by His people; His people will see God’s face; God’s name will be on their foreheads; there will be no more night because the Lord will be the eternal light; God and His people will reign forever; Jesus speaks to John, telling him that His words are true and that the angel has been sent to prophecy about these future events; Jesus says that He is coming soon; Jesus says that the person who keeps the words of the book of Revelation is blessed; John testifies that he is the one who saw and heard these things; John falls down to worship the angel who told him all these things, but the angel tells him not to worship him but only to worship God; Jesus tells John to not keep what he has seen a secret because the time is near for it to take place; Jesus again says that He is coming soon, as He is the Alpha and Omega; Jesus says that the ones who wash their robes in order to enter into this new city of heaven are blessed; Jesus declares that the ones outside the doors are the ones who practice falsehood; Jesus declares that he has sent the angel to testify about these future events recorded in the book of Revelation for the original audience, the seven churches (mentioned in chapters 2-3) in Asia Minor; Jesus is the descendant of David and the bright morning star; Jesus invites any who are thirsty to come and partake of this water of life; Jesus warns everyone who hears or reads the prophecies of this book that if they try to take away from these words or add to them, they will not inherit the kingdom; Jesus says again that He is coming soon.

 

Jesus in Revelation 22

Jesus is the Lamb (v. 1)

Jesus’ throne and God’s throne is the source of the water of life (v. 1)

Jesus’ river of water of life flows through the middle of the city (v. 2)

Jesus’ living water is accessible to all in the city (v. 2)

Jesus’ tree of life brings healing to the nations (v. 2)

Jesus’ throne removes the former curse of sin (v. 3)

Jesus will be worshiped by His people (v. 3)

Jesus’ face is seen by His servants (v. 4)

Jesus is accessible (v. 4)

Jesus is available (v. 4)

Jesus lives with His people (v. 4)

Jesus’ Name will be on the foreheads of His people (v. 4)

Jesus abolishes night and darkness (v. 5)

Jesus is an eternal light (v. 5)

Jesus will reign forever with His people (v. 5)

Jesus says these words (of Revelation) are trustworthy and true (v. 6)

Jesus is faithful to His word (v. 6)

Jesus is honest (v. 6)

Jesus sends an angel to shows His servants what will soon take place (v. 6)

Jesus says He is coming soon (v. 7)

Jesus warns (v. 7)

Jesus blesses the One who keeps the words of the this book (v. 7)

Jesus reveals these things to John, his beloved disciple (v. 8)

Jesus says to not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book (v. 10)

Jesus possesses a sense of urgency (v. 10)

Jesus says to persist in righteousness  (v. 11)

Jesus says to persist in holiness (v. 11)

Jesus says again that He is coming soon (v. 12)

Jesus declares He is bringing His reward with Him (v. 12)

Jesus is a giver (v. 12)

Jesus will repay each one for what he or she has done (v. 12)

Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega (v. 13)

Jesus is the first and the last (v. 13)

Jesus is the beginning and the end (v. 13)

Jesus is supreme over all (v. 13)

Jesus blesses those who wash their robes by His blood (v. 14)

Jesus’ blood alone allows entry into the city (v. 14)

Jesus rejects those who have rejected His blood (v. 15)

Jesus sends His angel to testify about the seven churches (v. 16)

Jesus is the root (v. 16)

Jesus is the descendant of David (v. 16)

Jesus is the bright morning star (v. 16)

Jesus’ Spirit invites all those who will respond to partake of His living water (v. 17)

Jesus desires all to choose life in Him (v. 17)

Jesus satisfies our thirst with the water of life (v. 17)

Jesus’ invitation is free of price (v. 17)

Jesus warns the person who tries to distort the book of Revelation (v. 18)

Jesus will add plagues to a person who adds to the words of Revelation (v. 18)

Jesus will take away the share of the city and the tree of life from the person who takes away from the words of Revelation (v. 19)

Jesus reiterates that He is coming soon (v. 20)

“And Behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

–Revelation 22:7 –

Questions for Today:

  • Why does Jesus repeatedly tell us that He is coming soon?
  • Do I live as if Jesus is coming soon?
  • How am I sharing with others the gospel message I believe in?
  • How can I receive God’s living water despite the rocky, barren places in my life?
  • Am I attentive to hear the whispers of God?
  • What next step is Jesus asking me to take in my relationship with Him today?

“Stand in Awe” by Hillsong Worship

Getting to Know Jesus: Revelation 1

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Revelation is one of my favorite books of the Bible to read. Granted it’s a little confusing at times. And a lot to take in. But it’s an intriguing read. It talks of prophecies and the return of Christ, the tribulation and the 1000 year reign, heaven and the obliteration of evil, with detailed descriptions of how the end of the world will unfurl. It’s captivating. Raw. Intense. Vivid. It’s full of imagery that points to events yet to come. We have access to this book because of John. A disciple of Jesus and the same guy who wrote the gospel of John, he experienced this revelation while exiled on the island of Patmos. Much like the other disciples, John faced lot of persecution from the Romans for preaching the gospel. But he never relented. Because of his perseverance, we have a record of his experience of what the Lord revealed to him about the last days. And as we read this Holy-Spirit inspired book of Revelation, we get the privilege of glimpsing into eternity. Learning about what the resurrected Christ looks like. Reading about the second coming. Reading about heaven. In studying the book of Revelation, we get to know Jesus for who He is eternally. Holy. Perfect. Glorious. The Alpha and the Omega.

 

Summary: Revelation 1

In Revelation 1, John gives an introduction to the book, saying that God revealed it to him so that others might know what will soon take place; John talks about being on the island of Patmos; John says that he was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day when he experienced the revelation; John lists the 7 churches that will be addressed later in the book; John describes seeing Jesus and his own response to what he saw; Jesus speaks to John; and Jesus explains the significance of the 7 stars and 7 gold lampstands.

 

You can also read Revelation chapter 1 here: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+1&version=ESV

 

Jesus in Revelation 1

Jesus is the faithful witness (v. 5)

Jesus is the firstborn of all who will be raised from the dead (v. 5)

Jesus is the ruler of the kings on the earth (v. 5)

Jesus loves (v. 5)

Jesus sets us free from our sin (v. 5)

Jesus makes us into a kingdom (v. 6)

Jesus is worthy of glory (v. 6)

Jesus has dominion forever (v. 6)

Jesus is coming soon (v. 7)

Jesus will be seen by all people (v. 7)

Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega (v. 8)

Jesus was, is, and is to come (v. 8)

Jesus’ hair is shining white as snow (v. 14)

Jesus’ eyes burn like a fiery flame (v. 14)

Jesus’ feet are like burning bronze (v. 15)

Jesus’ voice sounds like rushing waters (v. 15)

Jesus mouth protrudes a two-edged sword (v. 16)

Jesus’ face shines like the sun (v. 16)

Jesus causes us to fall at His feet in awe (v. 17)

Jesus calms us (v. 17)

Jesus doesn’t want us to be afraid (v. 17)

Jesus is the First and the Last (v. 17)

Jesus is the Living One (v. 18)

Jesus is eternal (v. 18)

Jesus holds the keys of death and Hades (v. 18)

 

 “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. He laid His right hand on me, and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last, and the Living One. I was dead, but look – I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades.” 

-Revelation 1:17-18-

 

Questions for Today:

  • How is Jesus different in Revelation than He is in other books, like the gospels?
  • How does Revelation help me to see Jesus more clearly?
  • What can I do to give Jesus more reverence in my life?
  • What next step can I take in my relationship with Jesus Christ?