Rev. 1:1 ¶ The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must happen very soon. He made it clear by sending his angel to his servant John, Rev. 1:2 who then testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about Jesus Christ. Rev. 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy aloud, and blessed are those who hear and obey the things written in it, because the time is near!
How often we miss the obvious! Children can’t find their school shoes. Husbands can’t see where the milk is in the refrigerator. Granddads can’t find their missing spectacles. And many readers of The Revelation fail to find the first five words of this Book.
From the Second Century on, the first five words became like the school-shoes in the wardrobe or the milk on the top shelf, or the spectacles on the head. Somehow, they were lost even though they were there all along,
The revelation of…not “the end”, not “the destruction of the world” but: Jesus The Christ. These first five words are among the most important words in these 404 verses of The Book of Revelation.
He sent His angel to John to speak to the churches. Why didn’t Christ merely appear directly to each of the churches and give His message for them directly to them? As E.M. Bounds has noted: “God’s methods are men.” Perhaps to keep us humble, God’s ordinary means of speaking to His people is through His chain of authority. Christ > Angel > John > Church. How much we may miss of God’s Word to us because we reject His appointed authority over us and especially His pattern of using others to speak to us?
Yet for those who do receive God’s Word – there is a promised blessing – especially for those who read it out loud!
Father, as we embark on this 30 day journey together through Your Revelation to us, help us to see from Your Scriptures who Jesus really is. May Your Word be opened up to us by Your Spirit so that we grow in our awe of the risen victorious Lord of Glory. And as we gaze into Your Written Word may Jesus, Your Living Word work a transformation in the deepest recesses of our souls. Amen.