Jesus tried to help his disciples expand their expectations of the Messiah in Luke 21:5-9. He was not coming to kick out the Romans. He was coming to die for our sins. But his doesn’t mean he approved of the injustice forced upon God’s people by foreign oppressors! He gave a series of unbreakable promises about coming again with great power (Luke 21:27-33).
The book of Revelation must be read aloud and carefully. Not all of these images are mean to be taken literally!
Here are three big ideas for living with Revelation 1:
First, this is the Revelation from and about Jesus the Messiah (Rev 1:1). He will bring justice to this earth and he will make all things new (Rev 21:5).
Second, as those who trust and hope in our Messiah, we are greatly loved and promised a very good future (Rev 1:5-6, 5:10, and 22:5).
Third, the word of God will judge the earth. Jesus promised this in his earthly ministry (John 3:16-21, 12:47-48). This is powerfully portrayed in John’s vision of Jesus in Rev 1:16. What can God’s double-edged sword do? How do we understand this? The best answer is found in Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
What does God find in your heart this morning? Anxiety? Fear? Trust? Hope?
Return to Rev 1:5: God loves us and has freed us from our sins! Let us serve him with glad and joyful hearts!