Revelation is the revealing of the eternal King and Kingdom.
In God’s amazing wisdom, he gave Revelation at just the right time. The Church was in transition. The first apostles had all died. And the last living Apostle was exiled on the isle of Patmos. Plus, persecution was ravaging the Church. The Church had not seen persecution like this before. Now was a great time for God to reveal his Son as Eternal King.
Sure, this wasn’t the first revealing of Jesus as Eternal King. But God had yet to reveal this much about the Eternal King.
When times are uncertain and transition is taking place, you need a leader. And Jesus is this Leader.
Every characteristic of Jesus is something the Church needed. The church needed his strength, power, wisdom, eternality and purity. They needed to know the all powerful Roman government wasn’t really all powerful. The God they placed their faith in was really still on his throne.
And the Eternal King must have eternal citizens. Otherwise, he won’t be Eternal King!
But for us to be considered citizens of God’s Kingdom, we must be changed. The unrighteous cannot garner entrance into the Kingdom of God. We need help.
And Jesus gives us this help. He loved us. Because the kingdom of the world is slavery, Jesus frees us from our sins. Then he makes us a kingdom of priests always having access to the Father.
The Church needed a DTR (Determine The Relationship) conversation. What did God think of them? He was their King. And they were the citizens who were brought in by his love and sacrifice.
When life is tough, we question God. We question his love. The difficulties of life get in the way of us seeing what God is doing. We need a DTR from God. Consider Revelation that conversation. God tells us he is the Eternal King and we are his eternal citizens. The Eternal King bought with a price to live with him forever. And that will give us the strength to make it through.
Throughout this year (Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017), CrossPoint will be reading through the New Testament. We are doing this because we’re learning about the Church and the New Testament is the handbook for the church. Therefore, join us as we follow this reading plan. Today’s reading is from Revelation 1.