11 Jul The Book of Revelation: Jesus is the Hero of the story!
I finally read through the whole book of Revelation! In the past, I had heard stories about the end times, rapture and the doom that would befall the world. I didn’t want to read much about it so I tiptoed around that part of my Bible. But that has changed. Thank God.
To be honest, there’s the scary part. But beyond that, there are so much more amazing things about the book of Revelation. Though I didn’t understand all the details that John shared, one thing was clear. Jesus is the hero of the story!
At the beginning of the plan, a contributor shared something helpful to keep in mind as you read through the book. In her words, “Jesus Himself is the definitive “revelation” for the world. Everything we need to know, we know through Christ…not an inch of God’s Word or God’s plan is out of character with the Son of God, and this is the lens through which we should read everything contained in Revelation.”
I hope to encourage you to read through this book of your Bible after reading some of what I learnt.
10 LESSONS FROM MY FIRST READING THROUGH THE BOOK OF REVELATION
1. It is possible to stand as light and conquer with our faith in Christ.
Despite how dark the world gets, Christ tells us to conquer and His Spirit empowers us. He tells us to remain faithful even to the point of death to receive eternal life with God. (Revelation 2:10-11; Revelation 3:12, 1 Corinthians 10:13)
2. The motive of Christ is always to love us.
Christ doesn’t want us to keep going in error so He does all He can to redeem us. He corrects us and reminds us that His arms are open for us. As long as we are in this world, His salvation is open for all, no matter how far gone. (Revelation 3:19)
3. We were helpless and Christ was the only One worthy and able to help us.
As a contributor to the reading plan shared, “First, He is worthy to redeem the brokenness of the world because He is the only one who did not contribute to it. And second, He is worthy to rescue humanity because He purchased us by His blood” (Revelation 5:5-10).
4. God is going to judge the wicked and destroy this world.
With this in mind, we must diligently preach the Gospel for many more people to be saved. God wants all men to be saved so we must get on with that too. (Revelation 6, Revelation 21:1, 2 Peter 3:9)
5. God has made a way out of the great suffering to come.
He loves us and wants to save us. To show His love for us, Jesus bore the punishment for the sins of the world. Therefore, everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. (Revelation 8-9)
WE HAVE NO REASON TO FEAR.
6. Our victory in Christ is sure.
Revelation depicts there will be a war, something evil against good. Regardless, God would majestically display His power. No matter how fierce the battle is, our victory in Christ is certain. So, we can always rejoice. (Revelation 12:1-12, Genesis 3:15)
7. There would be a large multitude before our Saviour.
There’s no limit to the number of people that Christ can save. So, He saves everyone who believes in the Gospel. (Revelation 7:9)
8. As God’s beloved, we have something glorious and perfect to look forward to.
God is making everything new and perfect as He intended from the beginning. We are His new creation and He will dwell with us as His children. There will be no more death, pain and nothing unclean. Truly, our present sufferings can’t compare to the glory that God will reveal to us. (Revelation 21: 1-7, Romans 8:18)
9. Believers would be persecuted but we are encouraged to be faithful.
Despite the persecution, we have such great glory ahead for us. We remain strong in our faith by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Also, His Spirit in us helps us to stand till the end. (Revelation 13:10b, Hebrews 10:39, Hebrews 12:1-2)
In addition, we must pray for our brothers and sisters. We must pray for them to be faithful, to boldly share the Gospel and be delivered from persecution.
10. God’s judgement is true and just.
We all deserve God’s judgement but thank God for His mercy towards us. He gave His son, Jesus, to bear our punishment. Now, we have a new life in Christ by grace through faith in Him. This should always make us thankful to God. (Revelation 16:7)
JESUS IS COMING BACK!
As the Bride of Christ, we stay expectant and joyful because our Bridegroom is coming back for us. The celebration of our marriage is certain. We will be one with Christ forever. Hallelujah! (Revelation 19:7, Ephesians 5:25–27)
However, as we wait for the perfect new creation of God, we must use our time well. If we truly believe that Jesus is the only One who saves then we must share this good news urgently. (Revelation 21:8, Revelation 22:7)
Though we may not know everything yet, we can trust His Word. When Christ returns and completes His beautiful work in us then we will know everything in full. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
→ Have you read through the book of Revelation?
→ If yes, what did you learn or if you haven’t, are you going to give it a try?