top of page

October 20, 2022 - Revelation 1

Every year I find myself a bit startled upon reaching the last book in the Bible. I don’t know, it just seems to surprise me that I am there and, then, about to begin, again, in Genesis. I once wrote about this experience: Maybe it’s just the kick of having read the whole of God’s Word to us. Maybe it’s the realization of how weighty and extremely important is this book I hold in my hands, and that I have it and can read it and can talk about it without fear. Maybe it’s the understanding that, in coming to the end of the Bible, I am also coming to the end of the year. I’m not sure about the explanation for my startlement (is that a word?), but here I am.

I also wrote: I think I have never really thought much about this. This revelation of what “must soon take place” (1:1) is actually first given to Jesus: “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him” (1:1). It appears that the Father gave this revelation to his Son, which seems consistent with Jesus’ response to his disciples in Matthew: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” (Matthew 24:36). Now, the Father shows the Son what will take place. There’s a bit of mystery here, it seems to me. I mean, I’ve always wondered about this matter of the Son not knowing (Acts 1); after all, he is God. Nevertheless, the Father has now shown the Son, and us (“and to his servants” 1:1), what will happen. And he has done so for our own comfort and encouragement.

And then, another mystery. John tells us that those who read these words are blessed to read them because “the time is near” (1:3). Really? It’s been almost 2,000 years. And every generation has been persuaded that its time is THE time. Maybe that’s the point, i.e., that each generation should live with that expectation, which serves as a motivation to live as we should because Jesus’ return might be close.

You know, there is so much in this first chapter, about God, about his great love to us, about the churches of the time (with lessons for us), etc. This is an amazing book and needs careful reading.

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,

once for ev’ry sinner slain;

thousand, thousand saints attending

swell the triumph of his train:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Christ reveals his endless reign. –Charles Wesley (1758)

3 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

May 18, 2024 - Psalms 21-25

May I, today, simply quote the 23rd Psalm and let it serve as my complete thoughts on these psalms?  I mean (as we can say about so many other Bible texts), once read and meditated upon, what else can

May 17, 2024 - Psalms 16-20

It has often occurred to me that people who are continually anxious, and I am thinking particularly about people in the church, are people who seldomly find themselves spending time in the Bible.  The

May 16, 2024 - Psalms 11-15

931)I saw an article about the world champion Kansas City Chiefs’ kicker and his commencement address at a Catholic university.  He was unapologetic about his faith and spoke directly to the graduates


Commenting has been turned off.
bottom of page