Find Hope in Christ's Reign of Majesty
And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last."
-Revelation 1:17, emphasis added
Chapter after chapter of Revelation, God's final book, is one of the amazing discoveries about the Christ who is beyond the capacity of human minds to fully comprehend! The first chapter alone far exceeds any ideas we may have previously formed of this One we call Jesus. For it is here that we discover Christ revealing His glorious majesty so that the scales fall off our eyes, and we are able to see Him as He truly is: "the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End," the One "who is and who was and who is to come"-the almighty God (1:8)!
In Chapters 2:1-3:22, we see Christ's glorious majesty challenging His church universal through special messages to the seven churches of Asia Minor. And the Lord says, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches" (2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). His admonitions to each church also have a direct application to our generation as we face the soon return of Christ.
In chapters 4:1-16:21, we learn that Christ's majesty is controlling His cosmos. Suddenly John is caught up into heaven where he sees a vision of God Almighty on His throne being worshiped by all of Christ's followers and the heavenly angels (4:1-11). But then John sees God give a scroll with seven seals to the worthy Lamb, Jesus (5:1-14). As the Lamb begins to open the seals one by one, a new vision appears, and God's wrath and judgment associated with each seal is unleashed upon the earth's inhabitants (6:1-16:21).
In Revelation 17:1-20:15, we see Christ's majesty conquering the rebellion on earth. During this period He unmasks the apostasy and reveals His own saints.
In Revelation 21:1-22:5, Christ's majesty unveils His paradise. As we discover the husbandly love of Jesus and the wonders of what He has prepared for His bride, the church, we can find hope in all His plans and adore Him as our future husband!
In Revelation 22:6-21, Christ's majesty is again seen in the extravagance of His salvation offer to all who come to Him: Let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely (22:17).
In light of all these wonders of Christ's majesty, may you be able to genuinely pray, like John: Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus (22:20).
Make a choice to live in hope:Worship Jesus in the splendor of His redeeming love, His perfect patience, His perfect holiness, His perfect redemption, His perfect justice, and His perfect wrath!
Ask God to open your eyes to see Jesus in all His glorious majesty! Adore Him for who He really is, For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen (Romans 11:36).
Like David, cry out, I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. . . . Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together (Psalm 34:1-3).
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