Today’s Reading: Revelation 1-2
Today’s Reflection: Revelation 1:1
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
When most people say they find reading the Bible challenging they’re probably thinking of the book of Revelation and other passages like it. Filled with visions of angels and beasts, saints and dragons, calamities and new worlds it seems exotic and esoteric, sensational and terrifying. But it doesn’t have to be.
The very first verse of the book tells us what Revelation is all about: it is a revealing not of John to whom these visions were shown, but a revelation of Jesus Christ. Because it reveals the Messiah, our lord and saviour, it is first and foremost a chronicle of God’s great love for us, it overflows with His grace and mercy, and it points the way to salvation seeking that all who read it might be saved.
So instead of getting caught up in conspiratorial speculation, trying to figure out who this beast is, or which nation that is rising out of the sea, instead of anxiety about not necessarily understanding every bit of symbolism contained here, if our emphasis is on connecting with Jesus, receiving guidance, instruction and life itself from Him, all the understanding we need will follow at the appropriate and necessary time.
Remember, this revelation of Jesus Christ was not given to John to confuse or frustrate us. Quite the opposite. It was given because God loves us, wants us to trust Him, and wants us to be saved for eternity. Please prayerfully study this book, guided by the Holy Spirit, with these thoughts in mind.
Revelation 1:3 – Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.