The students I teach sometimes call the last book of the Bible ‘Revelations’, or ‘The Book of Revelations’. This might seem like the small addition of an ‘s’. However, the whole book is one revelation of Jesus Christ to John the Apostle. The book reveals a different Jesus than the Jesus of Good Friday. The Jesus of Good Friday was victorious and John emphasises the in his gospel. However, the glorified Jesus who is a conquering king is revealed fully in the Book of Revelation. In effect, the veil between the physical and spiritual realities are pulled back and we see Jesus in a way that causes unmixed worship.
1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
- What does the Book of Revelation reveal and from whom?
- How was Jesus’ revelation communicated?
- How is one blessed by the book according to this passage?
- How has the Book of Revelation blessed you?
- How could reading the book bless you now?