Jesus Christ the Faithful Witness, the firstborn from among the dead and the ruling king who rules over the kings of the earth!
When did Jesus learn that He was the Son of God? Was he born knowing? Did he figure it out at three, six, nine, or maybe twelve? It’s a curious question. I tend to think that He recognized his true identity as the divine Son of God at twelve, when his earthly parents found him speaking with the teachers in the temple. Maybe it was something he had been thinking about for years, and then at that age it was certain in his mind. What do you think?
I read more in Revelation this morning, and I love how this book unveils who he is. “May the kindness of God’s grace and peace overflow to you from him who is, and who was, and who is coming,“ I started just looking through each chapter and noting all the amazing descriptions of who he is:
-Who constantly loves us and has loosed us from our sins
-Who has appointed us as a kingdom of priests
-I am the Aleph and the Tav, the beginning and the ending
-the Living One!
-The One that holds the keys that unlock death and the unseen world.
-The One who holds the seven stars firmly in his hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
-The Son of God, whose eyes are blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished brass.
-The One who thoroughly searches the most secret thought and the innermost being.
-The One who holds the seven spirits of God.
-The Holy One, the true one, who has David’s key, who open doors that none can shut and who closes doors that none can open.
-The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.
-The One seated on the Throne
“Praise, honor, glory, and dominion be to God-Enthroned and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever!” Revelation 5:13
Not only does this incredible book reveal Jesus Christ, his unveiling, but it reveals to us who we are too. It reminds us that Jesus is there and he dearly loves us. He unmasks and trains us, and bids us to open our hearts and hear his voice. He promises to come in to those that open the door to him and to feast with us. And, then he says that for those that are conquerers, he will give the privilege of sitting with him on his throne! Wow!
Revelation has a lot of different interpretations, some of which are terrifying. But, I have to believe that if this book is about unveiling Jesus Christ to his people, then this book can only be interpreted as a book of LOVE. I encourage you to read it with an open heart and with the appeal to God that he will unveil to you the person God has created you to be.1