Monday, August 27

A vision of Jesus

Scripture: Jeremiah 52, Psalm 143-144, Revelation 1

Revelation 1:5-6 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth.  To him who loves us and has set us free from our sins by his blood, and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen.  

Observation

These two verses are packed with information about Jesus: three things about who He is and three about what He has done.

Jesus is the faithful witness.  If you want to know who God is and what He is like, look at Jesus, listen to Jesus.  He is the Word, the full and perfect revelation of God.

Jesus is the firstborn from the dead.  In 1 Corinthians 15 He is called the firstfruits of the dead, meaning that His resurrection is the first and the promise of more to come.  

Jesus is the ruler of the kings of the earth.  In Matthew 28:20, Jesus begins His great commission by saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  He rules over every human authority.

Jesus loves us. What a great combination of thoughts: this powerful God who rules over all, loves us!

Jesus set us free from our sins by His blood.  This love is ultimately expressed in Jesus’ sacrifice to save us from our sin.  He set us free from our sins: we are forgiven (free from the guilt of sin), we are empowered to live new lives (free from the power of sin), and we are promised eternal life (free from the penalty of sin, which is death).

Jesus made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father.  Some translations say that he made us “a kingdom of priests”.  We are His Kingdom—He is our King and we are His subjects and He rules us in love.  We are His priests—we represent Him to the world and bring the world to Him.

Application

The book of Revelation can be difficult to understand, but in essence it is easy: it’s about Jesus and His ultimate victory.  John’s vision is of Jesus.  John’s vision is about Jesus.  And I need to have this kind of clear and compelling vision of Jesus. Read Revelation through a Jesus lens: it’s all about Jesus. 

Today, I want to live with a clear and compelling vision of Jesus: who He is and what He has done for me.  For John, Jesus was the ultimate reality—his Big Deal.  I want that to be true for me too.  Jesus changes everything!  I want Jesus to be the center of my life, my thoughts and actions.  

Prayer: Lord, thank you for this clear and compelling vision of Jesus.  Help me to see Jesus this clearly and let that vision of Jesus direct my life today and every day.