Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Revelation: Discovering Life for Today and Eternity – Week One


A Preface and a Portrait – Revelation 1

In Sue Edwards’ short video, she quotes A.W. Tozer:  “The most important thing about you is what you believe about God.”  I’d like to modify that statement a bit:  The most important thing about you is what you believe about Jesus Christ.  Revelation chapter 1 paints a glorious portrait of Jesus Christ.

The book of Revelation promises blessing to those who read the book and also to those who hear and take it to heart.  As I read this book, I am excited.  I think the sights and sounds of Christ’s return are going to be incredible.  And the experience of being raised with Christ – whether as one of the dead in Christ who will rise first, or the living in Christ who will be caught up with Him in the air – will be amazing!

How do you visualize Jesus Christ?  I see a man with dark skin and eyes – Israeli through and through.  Scripture says His hair is white as snow.  I imagine He is quite striking.  Physically, He’s lean, yet strong and well-toned from all of that carpentry work He did – and from pulling His bride repeatedly out of the pit.  I imagine that meeting Him face-to-face will have the same affect on me as it did John:  immediate face plant!

Personally, I am hopeful that the time of the end is near because the longer it takes for the end to come, the more depraved the world grows.  But I am secure in my salvation and thankful for my life and the opportunity to know Christ now.  Our God – our Jesus – our Holy Spirit – the Trinity is the Alpha and Omega…the Beginning and the End.  It is fitting to think of the Lord in this way since we are studying how this life will end and the next will begin.  Hallelujah!

Memorize:  Revelation 1:3

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