Thursday, October 6, 2016

Revelation 1:1-3

Revelation 1:1-3
A revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave to Him to demonstrate to His slaves the things that are necessary to become in haste.  And he made it known after sending it through his angel to his slave John, who testified about the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ – as much as he saw.  Blessed is the one who reads and the ones who hear the words of this prophecy and who keep the things having been written in it – for the time is near.

Thoughts for Today

First Thought:

This book begins with an ominous opening.  This revelation came to John in order to prepare Him for what is about to happen.  Why John?  John was already in the habit of testifying about what he had seen in Jesus Christ.  People were already accepting His testimony.  Who better to use than someone who is already being faithful?  So it is also with us.  It should make sense that when God wants to deliver an important message to His people that He would use someone who is already proving himself to be faithful.  Our obedience is what He desires. When we are obedient, we open ourselves up to serve Him.

Where are you serving God?  Where are you demonstrating to God that you will serve Him more?

Second Thought:

God sent this message to John through His own means: a messenger.  God takes this message seriously.  He didn’t want it finding its way into the wrong hands.  Furthermore, since this message came straight from God and came through the means of His messenger, it is also trustworthy.

Is God’s message for your life trustworthy?  How do you know? 

Third Thought:

John tells us that the one who reads is blessed.  Those who hear are also blessed.  Thus is the nature of God.  Simply coming into the presence of the things of God makes us blessed.  Simply hearing His message blesses our life.  Our blessing isn’t based on our response or our correct choice.  Our status of being blessed comes because we are recipients, not doers.  We are blessed by God and through His message.  We respond to the blessing that comes with the message.

Where are you blessed in your life?  Where has proximity to God brought blessing into your life?

Passage for Tomorrow: Revelation 1:4-8
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