Updated: Aug 5, 2019
In the book of Revelation, we see the climactic completion of Jesus’ plan for all of creation. His empty cross is where eternity past and eternity future culminated, where grace and justice were fulfilled, and where the restoration from sin’s affects began. Though much of the information contained within this book deals with the fulfillment of prophecy, there are some notable things to remember specifically about Jesus.
1. This is HIS revelation and testimony.
Rev. 1:1-2 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
2. Everything WILL be accomplished for His glory by His authority.
V5-6 “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
3. From beginning to end, it is HIS story!
V4, 8, 17b-18a “John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
LESSON - As the events within Revelation unfold, the natural inclination is to be afraid. Believers have no reason to fear. As the Psalmist said, we merely walk through the valley of the “shadow” of death. Notice Jesus’ response to John. “Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;” IF HOWEVER your response to God’s grace has been to turn from the love of Jesus, you have every reason to be afraid!