Revelation 1

Revelation 1


“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bondservants…”


Looking into the first half of this introductory sentence reveals four key points that we need to carry with us throughout the rest of the book.

  1. This is the heart of the Father
  2. This is the heart of Jesus
  3. And this is for His Bride
  4. Of course I will add, this is the heart of Holy Spirit, even though it goes without saying

We see the grand theme and title, with the unveiling of Jesus Christ, but we also see the conception of this in the heart of the Father as He delights in this great unveiling. The Father God is giving His Beloved Son the “save the date and wedding invitation” cards in advance to deliver to His Bride!  The main thing is who is getting married but there are great details and direction as well.  Reading the rest of this book with an understanding that this message brings great pleasure to the heart of the Father is essential.

“And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.” Is. 62:5

This is a message of love, comfort and mercies!  As Paul declares, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” What we know about the Father and the Son must be rightly applied to this letter to be able to see this book for the epic love story that it is!

I like to imagine the wonderful interaction between the Father and Son here with an overflow of great joy and glory after ages of longing anticipation! This has been on Father God’s heart and mind for thousands of years and we get to see a glimpse into the future and I picture the Father saying to His Son, “Ok boy, let’s go tell your Bride to get herself ready for the greatest day ever witnessed by mankind!” Can you just envision the excitement and exhilaration in this scene between the Father and Son? All of Jesus’ heartache, zeal, and joy are brought forth as Poppa releases this great unveiling that can now be shared with the Bride being made ready for the wedding day.

The arrangement in this introductory title shows the divine order from Heaven operating!  When pondering over the order of operation here, the verse John 5:19-20 comes to my mind.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing;”

Will we accept this letter to be of the heart of the Father bestowed to the Son to give to His Bride, as clearly stated in this first passage, or will we write it off as an unknowable letter better left to the radicals and unrealistic religious types?  Don’t get lost in some of the difficult passages that are found in some of the chapters, stay rooted in the love of Jesus and remember that the Father jealously desires for His Son to be with His Bride and will remove anything that hinders this perfect love from its fullness.

Jesus tells us in the gospel of John that He and the Father are one and that the Father has told him what to say, and what to speak.  So shouldn’t we apply that insight to this book that has such a grand title as, The Revelation of Jesus Christ?

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26

And not too far after these passages in Luke we hear the Father with His thundering voice from His heavenly throne give His only recorded command in the New Testament as He tells the disciples, “This is my Son, LISTEN TO HIM!”  I do not want to be in error I want to be prepared!  I do not want to feel ashamed when the Son and Father come in great glory with the host of heavenly angels!  I want to be found happy and free knowing that I was not offended at His Words and that I took this message to heart even with some of its seemingly difficulties within.

We are called His bondservants, or His love servants and even better yet, His Bride.  Paul, Peter, James, Jude all introduce themselves as being bond servants of Jesus Christ in their epistles.  This message is for His bondservants, PLURAL; we must place ourselves in this story.  Jesus is coming back for a bride made ready.  There is no better way to get ready than to take hold of what has divinely been released to us.

What if the Apostles had the book of Acts before it happened?  What if Moses had the book of Exodus before it happened?  Can you imagine the impact that something given in advance like that would have had on them?


Take hold, take ground, and overcome!




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