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Rev 1:5 “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.”
Taking time to understand these three titles of Jesus Christ will help us navigate through the rest of the book. The book of Revelation gives many more titles and descriptions of Jesus through out its passages (OVER 100!) and slowing down to take the time to understand each description will greatly help you as you read the book but most of all it will allow you to connect with the man Jesus in a heightened way.
Each of these three titles is dependent on the other, intertwined together to reveal a greater picture of Jesus Christ. I like to picture a door with three locks on it. Each title is like a key that unlocks one individual lock but it takes all three keys in order to open the door.
These three descriptions of Jesus are messianic titles that derive from Psalm 89. David was promised that one of his descendants would rule on his throne forever and these are three things that God highlighted to David about that Future King. Now we see it being brought to our attention again in the book of Revelation.
27 I will make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth…35 I have sworn by My holiness…36 His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me; 37 It shall be established forever like the moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky.” (Ps. 89:27-37)
Jesus Christ the Faithful Witness:
As believers we are called to be followers of Christ. Jesus’ earthly ministry was one of being faithful to the truth (Jn. 18:37), even unto death. We too must be faithful witnesses! Just as the sun and moon are faithful to shine their light into darkness, Jesus has faithfully shined His light from the foundations of creation.
Revelation 3:14 attaches Faithful Witness with Jesus being the Amen and the Beginning of the Creation of God. While Revelation 19:11 adds that because of being a faithful witness to truth He can rightly judge and wage war. Let it be so, what Jesus says goes because He has seen everything and knows all things. He will judge and wage war as a faithful witness to truth.
Jesus Christ The Firstborn of the Dead:
Jesus has been born first as the second Adam bringing complete restoration to mankind. He is the first born with a resurrected body. He is also the firstborn son who has the full inheritance of the Father as well as the first pick for a bride. With His inheritance from His Father in Heaven He is coming as a Bridegroom to sweep up His perfect spotless Bride into eternity.
Jesus as the firstborn son has the Father’s full blessing. Just as Isaac gave the firstborn blessing to his son Jacob (Israel), even though it was not truly his firstborn, he received the only blessing that could be given for the firstborn (Gen 27).
“Therefore may God give you Of the dew of heaven, Of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of grain and wine. Let peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you. Be master over your brethren, And let your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, And blessed be those who bless you!”
Jesus Christ the Ruler Over the Kings of the Earth:
Many Christians today can easily accept Jesus as being a king. This title is given to Him all through out the Bible. It is harder for us to see Jesus as a Bridegroom and even harder for Christians to see Him as the Judge. It is exciting to know that He is coming back to the earth, not to destroy but to restore His Kingdom.
We can see in this title that He is not only a king; He is the ruler of ALL kings (Rev 19:16)! Not only that, He is going to physically establish His throne in Jerusalem. When Jesus returns to rule and reign, the saints will bow down and proclaim His beauty and majesty. Being the ruler over all kings causes even His worst enemies to bow down with fear and trembling; acknowledging that He alone is worthy.
Do you know Jesus as the Bridegroom, King, and Judge?
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