The Revelation of Jesus Christ
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants – things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John. [Revelation 1:1]
“Revelation” is Apokalypsis in the Greek. It literally means Unveiled. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is the Unveiled Jesus Christ.
That is something to really take in and ponder. The Jesus we worship in the here and now [by faith] is Unveiled. He is no longer the One who “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” [Php 2:8] He is risen [present tense] and in all His Glory [Unveiled] at the Right Hand of the Father. That is the Jesus we worship and we need to see Him in that manner in this life of faith!
Oftentimes we view Jesus still in the Gospels [veiled]. That is a great mistake. The Gospels are the historical record of the Veiled Jesus [fully Man] when He walked this earth and died for the sins of the world; Revelation is the eternal record of the Unveiled Jesus [fully God] in heaven at the Right Hand of the Father.
One of the keys to unlocking this life of faith is understanding Revelation. We need to know the Unveiled Jesus and the end of the story! A common [and unfortunate] reality for many of us, however, is that we never get around to even reading Revelation. And so we end up knowing not the Final Chapter. Who reads a Novel without reading the final chapter?
Also, did you know that there is a promised blessing for those who read Revelation? Revelation 1:3 is the record. What is the blessing? I believe it is understanding the Final Chapter; how it is all going to unfold. When we understand God’s Word and promise for the future, it supernaturally strengthens us in the here and now, which is a powerful blessing.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” [Heb 11:1, emphasis mine] Knowing and understanding the Final Chapter in the Revelation of Jesus, secures our eternal hope in every situation in this life of faith.
My prayer is that you will join me over the next several months and receive your promised blessing in the reading and studying [and understanding] of the Unveiled Jesus.