One of the major themes (what I would argue is THE major theme) of the Book of Revelation is the supremacy and glory of Jesus.
Read again how John opens up the book:
“The revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, whatever he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:1-2, CSB.
John then describes his vision of the Risen Lord and then begins to pen the letters to the seven churches, one we read today!
Of the seven messages to the churches in Asia, this is one of the only completely positive ones. The Lord, the “one who is holy and true” comforts his people by letting them know that he has “the key of David,” and “what he opens, no one can close; and what he closes no one can open…”
This is comforting to God’s people because it lets us know that nothing is going to separate us from God’s love and that those who God has truly saved will persevere until the end. Those of us who are in Christ can rest in knowing that “all who are victorious…will be citizens in the city of my God – the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God.”
While those who are in Christ can take comfort, this is scary for those who haven’t accepted Christ as their Savior. Jesus says in verse 11, “I am coming soon.” If you read a little bit ahead in this book, you’ll read about Jesus’s return. While Jesus returning is good news for those who have entered into a relationship with God through Jesus, it isn’t such good news for those who haven’t. The Bible is pretty clear on what happens when someone doesn’t accept Christ as their Savior—eternal separation from God in hell.
That’s why it is important to realize that Jesus has “opened a door for you that no one can close.” When we read ahead to passages like Revelation 14 (yikes!), we see the great wrath that God has towards sinners. However, God has made a way through Jesus so that sinners can be reconciled to himself. Jesus came to earth and lived the perfect, obedient life that you and I should have lived, and died in our place, taking the punishment that we deserved for our rebellion against God. God loved us enough to send Jesus to die in our place. You can now have life in him.
Comment below letting us know what you got out of today’s reading!
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice