The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw (Rev. 1:1-2).
The first four words of this passage jump off the page, and they should: The Revelation of Jesus Christ. If we were to just focus on that phrase, it would be enough. For Christ is our all in all. He is enough. It is not just a revelation, it is His revelation. But what does it mean when the writer begins this passage with these words?
Revelation: a disclosure of truth, an appearance, a manifestation, concerning things previously not known
All of the above pertain to Jesus Christ: He made an appearance in history; He alone is the disclosure of truth; He was manifested to Israel; and He reveals past, present, and future events. The last written words of Jesus, as recorded by a humble bond-servant, reveal Jesus. So often we ignore the pages of His Revelation because we have preconceived notions that the words of this prophecy are not within the grasp of our limited understanding. Yet we are promised:
If you seek ME you will find ME when you search for ME with all your heart (Jer. 29:13).
This reminds me of a song that the Holy Spirit gave me several years back:
I will be found by those who seek My face.
I will not hide from you My eternal grace.
When you seek My face and not My hand, I will be found by you!
Jesus is indeed “findable.” The first four words of Revelation reveal Jesus. It is in this book of apocalyptic prophecies that you will find Jesus. His fingerprints are all over this book. You will hear His voice in this book. You will feel His breath in this book. Jesus is in this book. Let today be the day that you “find” Jesus. Set your gaze upon Him as you devote yourself to the reading of His last recorded words. These are His words, and this is His revelation.
Father, Thank you for Jesus. It’s all about Your Son. The glorious Messiah is revealed in the pages of His Revelation. I pray that I will see Jesus. I pray that I will hear Jesus. I pray that I will feel the very breath of Jesus today. Wrap me in Jesus. Amen!
The Glorious Messiah-Jesus
I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” – Revelation 1:8
And in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. – Revelation 1:13-16
“Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.” – Revelation 1:17-18
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. – Rev. 19:11-13