Continuing a short study on the blessings, pitfalls and challenges of studying the Book of Revelation. This morning we focus on how Revelation develops our understanding and perception of Jesus.
Revelation brings an unveiling of the complete nature of Christ.
Many of us who have homed in on the gospels will have understandably developed an image of Christ as being the gentle Lamb, the loving Messiah. It is true that there are moments in the gospels when Jesus whips the money-lenders out of the temple courts or when he mercilessly berates the falsehoods of the Pharisees, but otherwise he is seen as the gentle healer bringing salvation through surrender to the cross.
Revelation portrays Jesus as the warrior King, his robe dipped in blood, treading the wine-press of God’s wrath.
Revelation 19:15 ‘Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron sceptre. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.’
This description of Jesus is too much to bear for some people who hastily retreat to more comforting verses in the gospels. Sadly though, they miss out on the true nature of Christ and the glory of the Kingdom that is to come.
Indeed, one could argue that many will actually reject Jesus because he does not comply with their ‘cuddly teddy bear’ perception of Jesus.
Revelation will take us into a deeper vision of Christ if we allow it to. By studying its verses and allowing them to minister to our hearts, we will grow in our understanding of Jesus and be more fully prepared to embrace the warrior King when we stand before him.
Tomorrow: a simple understanding is essential!
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And my previous posts:
- Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem.
- Revelation 19:9 InvitedThe Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
- Revelation 19:7 Eager AnticipationIn the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment.
- Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness.
- Revelation 19:6 Hollering With JoyThis side of glory, we pass through victories and defeats, as we march faithfully on. But even the most stoic and conservative amongst us might be forgiven here for ‘hollerin and a hooterin’ around the yard and throwing his hat up wildly in the air!