Revelation – Come, Lord Jesus

This morning David brought our series in Revelation to a close, turning to Revelation 22. Back at the beginning, Revelation promised to bless those who read and listen to its words – has that been true for us?

Through seeing what John has seen, we have been given a glimpse of eternal destiny, of the future that awaits God’s people. This should give us hope, both in the present and for all of our tomorrows.

In this final chapter, John wraps up his letter, which we re-join at verse 6:

THE ANGEL SAID TO ME, “THESE WORDS ARE TRUSTWORTHY AND TRUE.”

There’s a comforting message – this isn’t all too good to be true! We can have confidence in what we have read in Revelation. Throughout, the message has persisted that Jesus is coming, and he breaks in with the reminder:

“LOOK, I AM COMING SOON! BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO KEEPS THE WORDS OF THE PROPHECY WRITTEN IN THIS SCROLL.”

Our interpretation of ‘soon’ differs somewhat from what Jesus says here. But we are not being misled; the point is not to pin down a timeframe in which Jesus will return, but instead to be always expectant and prepared for his coming – when it does happen (which we are assured of), it will happen suddenly, so will we be ready?

Jesus reminds us in the latter part of verse 7 that it is important that we are not only hearers of God’s word, but that we are doers. It is not enough to simply listen to the words – as David taught us back in the first week of this series, this letter should be seen a discipleship manual, helping us to:

  • Know Christ better
  • Follow Christ better

The ongoing challenge of daily discipleship is to keep what is written in this letter, to trust and obey God, and apply His truth to the way that we live.

John admits then to falling down to worship at the feet of the angel, and being reprimanded for doing so, making the same mistake he did before in chapter 19! On both occasions, the angel reminds John what he should do, and that is:

“WORSHIP GOD!”

And so should we. If we are to keep the words of this prophecy, we must commit to worshipping God and not allow other things to take priority in our lives.

In verse 10, John receives an instruction:

“DO NOT SEAL UP THE WORDS OF THE PROPHECY OF THIS SCROLL, BECAUSE THE TIME IS NEAR.”

An opposing instruction was once given to Daniel – something that those reading this letter for the first time would have been aware of:

“BUT YOU, DANIEL, SHUT UP THE WORDS AND SEAL THE BOOK, UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END.”

What has changed since then? Jesus has come, lived, died, risen, ascended, and is now coming again. The time of the end is near, and so John’s instructions are different – to let the words of this prophecy go forth and be heard.

What we hear next, in verse 11, is that in the meantime, as we wait for Jesus’ return, we can choose to live several different ways. But, as we have learnt, there will be a day of reckoning, and the way in which we have chosen to live will come under judgement as each of us is repaid for everything we have done. Jesus will judge justly and fairly, but the book of life will also be opened. Referring back to chapter 7:14, we read:

“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WASH THEIR ROBES, THAT THEY MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO THE TREE OF LIFE…”

The final deciding factor, determining if you are accepted into this new life and eternity with God, is whether you have accepted that the blood of Jesus was shed for you, and that by his blood we are set free.

Reflection:

Jesus is coming soon, and our journey through Revelation has been all about him, helping us to know him better. Our challenge is to use the truths found in these words to worship God, to know Jesus’ character, and to come to him as our saviour. For if we fix our eyes on him, we will be truly blessed.

"AMEN. Come, LORD JESUS."

Sophie Ellery

Sophie Ellery

Hi, I'm Sophie, and I've been going to Windsor Baptist since 2022. I studied Theoretical Physics at Queen's and am now working as a data scientist. In my spare time I enjoy going on walks, reading and occasionally doing some painting!
Sophie Ellery
Hi, I'm Sophie, and I've been going to Windsor Baptist since 2022. I studied Theoretical Physics at Queen's and am now working as a data scientist. In my spare time I enjoy going on walks, reading and occasionally doing some painting!