For the most part, very few ministers share the message of the book of Revelation. It doesn’t make the top ten list of favorite books of the Bible that Christians enjoy reading, but it is significant and purposeful. Otherwise, it would not be included in God’s Word.
God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.
─ Revelation 1:3 NLT
Our verse today, Revelation 1:3, promises God’s blessing to anyone who reads, listens to the instruction and obeys this last book in the Bible. It reveals the full identity of Christ. The names of Jesus are scattered throughout the book, revealing His character and His purpose within God’s plan. Just a few of His names mentioned are:
- The First and the Last (1:17)
- The Faithful and True Witness (3:14)
- The Lion of the tribe of Judah (5:5)
- The Lamb (5:6)
- The Morning Star (22:16)
Revelation is written to give you expectation of Christ’s return for you.
John wrote Revelations to inspire the church to stand against the pressure to worship the Roman emperor and to encourage God’s people to devote themselves only to Christ. It outlines what you should be doing as God’s faithful children until Christ’s return.
Reading Revelations today can inspire you with hope of a new heaven and a new earth and excite you about spending eternity in the peace and security of God’s presence. You can have confidence in your final destination as you follow Christ with unwavering faith and expectation of His return for you.
Today’s One Thing
Begin reading the Book of Revelation this week. Start with Revelations 2, the letter to the Church in Ephesus. Ask God to open your eyes to see something new.