MAJ-8 - Jesus in Revelation
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MORE ABOUT JESUS
Jesus said in Revelation 1:18, “I am he who lives and was dead and is alive
Revelation scares a lot of people, because it contains some language that is a
little unusual compared to the rest of the New Testament. The images of Jesus in the
book Revelation offer comfort and encouragement and hope to every child of God. We
encourage you to get out your Bible and turn to Revelation.
As we think about Jesus in the book of Revelation, realize that Revelation is
written primarily to encourage and comfort suffering Christians. Revelation 6:9, there's
some who have been martyred, who have died for the cause of Christ at the hands of
an evil Roman government. The souls of those under the altar are crying out, “O Lord
how long?” and the answer is, “you’re at a redeemed place, you’re in the best place
you could ever be, let God work things out on his timeframe and Christians will be
victorious.” One of the keywords in the book of Revelation is all about victory and
overcoming and it offers comfort and hope to suffering Christians. Imagine this, it’s
written to Christians in Asia Minor, and imagine you're sitting around the table, and you
don't know but that the next knock on the door might be the Roman government coming
to get you, coming to get your parents, and it be some kind of notification that
somebody in your family or congregation has just been imprisoned for living for Christ. It
looks like the Roman government is going to be victorious. It looks like the Caesar’s are
going to rule and God's church is going to be stomped out, and your faith maybe is
beginning to fade out and you’re beginning to have questions. God says it's all going to
be okay. I'm going to take care of wrong. You're going to be victorious. “Be faithful unto
death, I'll give you the crown of life,” Revelation 2:10.
What is it in the book Revelation that gives us comfort and hope concerning the
nature of Christ? In Revelation chapter 1, we vividly see the Majesty and the power of
Jesus Christ. Let me illustrate, in Revelation chapter 1, when I think about images of
Jesus that offer comfort, I can’t help but turn to Revelation chapter 1:5. The Scripture
says of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness,
the firstborn from the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth, to Him who loved us
and washed us from our sins in His own blood.” Here comes this message of victory,
and who’s it from it from? It’s from the most victorious one, Jesus Christ, firstborn from
the dead. What’s that say? Death didn't conquer Christ, ruler over the kings of the earth.
Looks like Domitian, or looks like Nero's ruling. No, this is from the real ruler of the kings
of the earth the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the one who made the ultimate sacrifice,
and the one who’s washed us from our sins in His own blood. The victorious Christ
sends this powerful letter and expresses His Majesty and His power, over death, over
the world rulers, and over sin, Revelation chapter 1:5.
As I look to the book Revelation, and as I think about Jesus and images of victory
you can’t help but see that one in Revelation chapter 1:12. Look at these images, the
Scripture says, John said, “then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me and having
turned I saw seven golden lampstands and in the midst of the seven lampstands,” look
at this, “one like the Son of Man.” What do you mean like the Son of Man? Well not
quite like, “clothed with a garment down to the feet girded about the chest with a golden
band, his head and hair were light, white like wool, and as white, as snow his eyes like a
flame of fire, his feet were like fine brass as if refined in a furnace, his voice as the
sound of many waters, he had in his right hand seven stars, out of his mouth when a
sharp two-edged sword, his countenance was like the science the sun shining in its
strength, and when I saw him I fell at his feet, his bed but he laid his right hand only
saying to me ‘do not be afraid I am the first and the last. I’m he who lives and was dead.
Behold I am alive for evermore I have the keys of Hades and of death.’’’ Talk about
images of power and majesty! Here’s Jesus and how’s he dressed? White robe down to
his feet, his hair white shining with purity and righteousness, eyes like that of a fire, a
sword coming out of his mouth, has the keys of Hades and.
The very things that these Christians are suffering from and facing, Jesus says,
‘I'm in control of those.’ He has the churches within his hand. We’ll learn what those are
in Revelation 2. He's in control of the world governments, the very things they fear. He’s
already conquered death. He said, ‘I was dead and I am alive and be alive forevermore,’
there's nothing for these Christians to fear. As they look to Jesus, he offers every hope
that you can ever imagine for them. We see his control, and his power, and his Majesty
in Revelation chapter 1.
In Revelation chapter 2, as we think about Jesus in the book Revelation, we see
him as the head of His church. There are seven congregations in chapters 2 and 3 that
Jesus will write to, of those seven, five have got some problems they’ve got to work out,
and two of them Jesus doesn't give any recommendation to; rather He offers
encouragement. Five of those congregations need to correct some things. Jesus to
every one of those he addresses them, He says, “he who has an ear let him hear with
the spirit says.” There will be changes that need to be made. Jesus so made
compliments along the way, and in every one of them he offers hope as the head of the
church. Listen to these words, for example, in Revelation 2 Jesus says in verse 10, “Be
faithful unto death and I'll give you the crown of life.” Revelation 2:17, “To him who
overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna.” Revelation 3:21, “To him who
overcomes,” Jesus said, “I'll grant to sit with me on my father's throne.”
As head of the church, Jesus is in control. Now it looks like there's another head
at this time, it looks like the dominant world power is going to be the ruling Roman
government. It looks like they're going to stomp out Christianity. Jesus, as the head of
the church, arises He says you worry about what's going on here, I'm going to take care
the rest; you trust me be faithful, and I'll give you the joy of one day overcoming.
The keyword in Revelation is overcome. It is the Greek word nikao. It is the idea
to be victorious in Christians; if they remain faithful to God, they will be victorious.
How’s this practical to us today? Revelation is a book written to encourage first
century Christians that they will not be snuffed out, the wrong will not win, and the Christ
will be victorious. What do these images remind us of? In a world where sin still exist, in
a world where there are still evil governments that are opposed to God and
righteousness in Christ and Christianity, the comfort and consolation we have is by
knowing the same Christ was seen is so powerful and so majestic in chapter 1, the
same Christ who was the head of the church then is still the head of the church today.
It's his will that will ultimately be the one that's important. Jesus still and God still rules in
the kingdoms of men, Daniel chapter 4:25-26. As Revelation 11:15 says, “The kingdom
of this world has become the kingdom of our Christ, He'll reign forever and ever.” He's
the one, His kingdom that is really the important kingdom in this world.
In Revelation chapter 5, we see a rather vivid image of Jesus in the book
Revelation. Jesus is here seen as a lamb that is slain. To set the tone and the tenor of
chapter 5, John receives this scroll, but he can't open the scroll. He begins to weep
bitterly, because no one can open the scroll. Then there's hope given. Revelation 5:8
the Bible says that, “The Lamb took the scroll the four living creatures, the 24 elders, fell
down before the Lamb each having a harp and a golden bowl full of its incidents which
are the prayers of the saints and they sang a new song you are worthy to take the scroll
to open its seals for you were slain you have redeemed us to God by your blood out of
every tribe, tongue, people, and nation have made us kings and priests to our God and
we shall reign on the earth.”
When we think about the images here of Christ, He appears as a lamb slain
before the foundation of the world. He takes the scroll; the scroll contains the message
of God's wrath and his message of victory for Christians. John holds that message in his
hand, but he can’t open it. There’s great sorrow in not opening it. Enter the Lamb, who
was slain for the foundation world, He takes that scroll He opens it, He brings forth
God's plan. That plan is that He would die for all men. That plan is that He would make
the ultimate sacrifice as the lamb without spot or blemish. 1 Peter 1 verses 18 through
20. Because He did that, His kingdom was established. Jesus said, “I'll build my church
and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Then He said to Peter, I'll give you
the keys of the kingdom. His church was established. It is that church that is the
dominant kingdom then, was the dominant kingdom then, and is the dominant kingdom
What is the one kingdom that will outlast, outlive, and conquer all of the
kingdoms? The one that Jesus established. Revelation 11:15 clearly teaches that idea.
Jesus here opens the scroll, He fulfills God's will. God's wrath is going to be unleashed
on the evil ungodly government and Christians are going to be victorious. When we face
suffering, when we face persecution, when for preaching the gospel people look down
on the church and look down on God's people, what's the message of hope and
comfort? The Lamb that was slain, He’s still in control today. His kingdom is still the
most important kingdom. God is still ruling in the kingdoms of men, and if I remain
faithful to him, I let God work out the rest and I'll assure you God will do so in his own
time and in his own way.
Think about it this way, Rome was the ruling world then, world power; they were
reaping great havoc on Christians. Some were dying; some are being put in prison
Revelation 2:10, a Revelation 6:9, they are being persecuted greatly. What happened to
Christians then? God took care of them. God made sure that their rights were their
wrongs were righted. God took vengeance in his own time and way.
But here's the more important question, what happened to Rome? Where's
Rome at today? Rome is little more as a world power than a small blip on the radar.
They were brought down to their knees by Almighty God. The nations that rise up
against God and his kingdom today will face that same judgment ultimately and
Christians will indeed always be victorious.
How else do I see Jesus in the book Revelation? Jesus is seen as the avenger of
His saints. Notice again Revelation chapter 6, we mention this earlier, but in Revelation
6 there's an interesting scene the starts at about verse number 9. The Bible records,
“When he opened the fifth seal I saw under the altar the souls of those who’d been slain
for the word of God and for the testimony which they hailed and they cried with a loud
voice saying, ‘how long O Lord holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood on
those who dwell on the earth?’ avenge our blood of those who dwell on the earth, then a
white robe was given each of them and it was said to them that they should rest a little
while longer until both are number of the fellow servant and their brethren who would be
killed as they were, was completed.” Here you've death, persecution, tormenting, people
who died for the cause of Christ, and they've got a huge question. How long God are
you going to let this go on, until you right the wrongs? We know the Bible said, you said,
vengeance is mine I will repay. When are you going to do that? God says I want you to
come over here and rest a while. Here are these white robes, you've been given a
victorious place already, take it easy, rest for a moment. There are still some things that
have got to be worked out. Ultimately, Jesus says I’ll take care of those in my own time
and my own way.
You can be assured, as you read the book Revelation, as you look at the things
that transpired throughout history, God has always been the avenger of His people. You
know sometimes might think of ourselves, ‘well I need to right this wrong; I need to take
care of this.’ As it relates to Christians being persecuted, as it relates to those speaking
evil against God's word and His kingdom, and his church sure we ought to stand up for
truth. I’m going to ultimately let God right those wrongs. God will take care of his own
people. Those who died in the first century, they were not forgotten. They were given a
great place of honor, and they were taken into that ultimate rest. Those who suffer for
the cause of Christ today, and yes we will suffer; those who suffer for the cause of
Christ can be assured God knows their suffering. God knows their tears. God cares
greatly and God ultimately will take care of those things if not now, in eternity, all the
wrongs will indeed be righted by Almighty God.
As you look further into the book Revelation, there's an interesting scene that
unfolds in Revelation 7. Here we see Jesus ultimately as the great Shepherd of his
people who is going to be leading them toward that heavenly rest. Look at Revelation 7,
and I want you noticed beginning about verse number nine. “After these things,” John
said, “I looked and behold a great multitude which no one could number of all nations,
tribes, peoples, and tongues standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed
with white robes with palm branches in their hands and crying out with a loud voice
saying salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, all the
angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures fell on their
faces before the throne and worshipped God saying ‘Amen blessing and glory and
wisdom Thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever
Amen’ then one the elders answered saying to me, ‘who are these arrayed in white
robes and where they come from?’ and I said to him sir you know so he said to me,
‘these are the ones who came out of the great tribulation, who washed their robes and
made them white in the blood of the lamb therefore they are before the throne of God
serve him day and night, in his temple and he was sits on the throne will dwell among
them they shall neither hunger anymore or thirst anymore, the sun shall not strike them
nor any hate for the land was in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead
them to living fountains of waters,” listen to this beautiful language, “and God will wipe
away every tear from their eyes.”
Here's a scene of victory, how these Christians can be victorious. These who cut,
the people were standing around throne of God; the question is asked ‘who are they?’
They come out of this great tribulation. They're the ones who follow the Lamb
whosesoever he went. There’ll be joy, there’ll be happiness, God will wipe away every
tear, no more hunger, no more of the sorrow, the sun won’t be down on them anymore
is the idea; all the difficulties and troubles and challenges they face they follow the great
Shepherd. And if they continue, if we continue to follow him, friend, I can assure you
Jesus will lead us to Heaven itself.
Are there times where we faced difficulty? There's no doubt there is. Are there
times when persecutions are going to arise? You can bet there's going to be! Might it
increase in the day and age which we live? It very well may, but if we follow the great
Shepherd, if we follow Jesus, ultimately He'll lead us to that wonderful place that we
know of as Heaven itself. Where there will be none of the sorrow that we face today,
We've got to see Jesus in the book of Revelation as the King of all kings and the
Lord of all Lords. Revelation chapter 11:15 is very likely one of the key verses in
Revelation. The Bible says, in verse 15, “then the seventh Angel sounded, there were
loud voices in Heaven saying the kingdom of this world have become the kingdom of
our Lord and of his Christ and he shall reign forever and ever.” Again, we’re talking
about during the time of evil persecution. It looks like wrongs going to the conquering
kingdom, and Christ says God says, no world kingdom has become the kingdom of our
Christ and of his Lord. This is the one that's important today, now just for a moment
think about Revelation chapter 17, another great scene of victory in which Christ is
presented as the ultimate king. Revelation chapter 17, you'll notice verse number 14,
the Bible says, “Representing these worldly kingdoms, these will make war with the
Lamb and the Lamb will overcome them.” Why? He is Lord of lords and King of Kings
and those who are with him are called chosen and faithful.
What do we know about Jesus in the book Revelation? Of all the kings that have
ever lived, and of all the lords that have ever existed, Jesus is King of all Kings and Lord
of all lords. What’s that mean? He's more powerful, he's more important, he's more
royalty than they ever imagine. His power, his deity, and his divinity have control over all
world kingdoms then and today. As we do have to face things, as we do sometimes
wonder, ‘God why are you letting these happen these things happen?’ Why is it that are
evil world and sometimes evil governments are allowing these things to occur? For just
a moment I need to pause and I need to realize, God is still on the throne, the King of all
Kings and Lord of all lords is still in control. He conquered then, he'll conquer today. We
will be victorious if we continue to trust in the Almighty and don't lose hope.
There's another powerful image that I want you to see about Jesus, and it’s found
in Revelation chapter 12. This is probably one of more practical as we think about the
temptation and the sin and the suffering that we face. Look at the picture of Jesus in
Revelation 12:11 as the one who is able to help us defeat Satan. Verse number 11
says, “and they overcame him,” that is Satan. Revelation 12:9, “The Dragon who is
Satan, they overcame him, by the blood of the Lamb, by the word of their testimony and
they did not love their lives unto the death.” You know, one of the more powerful images
we see, and this is what it really all comes down to, Satan the Dragon, he is the one
who is behind all of this. He's the one behind it today. I can be concerned about world
governments, temptation, and persecution, but there's one person I need to be more
concerned about. Who is the real evil architect? It’s Satan. Can I overcome Satan the
one, the master mind behind all of this? Absolutely! How? The same way Christ helped
Christians overcome it. They overcame him by the blood of the lamb. How can you
overcome Satan today? The only way to overcome the stranglehold of sin and Satan
and spiritual death is by the blood lamb.
The good news is Jesus made that ultimate sacrifice. “He himself bore our sins in
his own body upon the tree,” 1 Peter 2:24. And because of that, Christians are washed
in his blood, Revelation 1:5, and were cleansed. You can overcome by the blood of the
lamb, which is the sacrifice of Jesus. They were overcome by the Lamb, by the word
their testimony. The word of their testimony, we have recorded today and know as the
New Testament or the Bible.
How do you overcome Satan today? By the word of God. Now again, we see a
great illustration of this in Matthew chapter 4. When Jesus was tempted, how did he
overcome Satan? It is written, it is written, it is written, not only do I have access to the
blood of the lamb, I have access to the word of God which is the sword of the spirit
which can help me to defeat Satan.
There's a third thing Jesus helps me to do and that is to live a life of sacrifice.
They overcame him by the blood of the lamb, there's a sacrifice of Jesus, the word of
God, Scripture, and they did not love their lives unto death, and their self-sacrifice. How
do you overcome Satan? By not focusing on self, not letting the things of this world, not
taking those personally per say, but rather realize at I'm suffering because I'm a servant
of Christ. And how wonderful that is, if we can suffer as servants of the Lord. If I have to
suffer for Christ that's a joy, for all that he did for me that's a joy that I would have to
suffer and give up for him!
Wonderful things are seen in the book of Revelation, but one of the most
wonderful is found in Revelation chapter 21. As you think about Christ and all the things
He does for us, ultimately we see that we can have a home with God in heaven. Listen
to Revelation 21, this picture of God in Christ in verses three and four. The Bible says,
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying behold the tabernacle of God was with is
with me and he will dwell with them, they shall be his people God himself will be with
him and be their God and God himself will wipe away every tear from their eyes there
should be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, there should be no more pain for the
former things have passed away.” This book so wonderfully reveals the victory that
Christians are ultimately going to have, over any type of evil. Whether it is Satan, sin,
persecution, or an evil government the good news is, if I'm faithful unto death I can have
the crown of life. If I remain true to God there awaits a heavenly rest for each one of us,
So as we think about Jesus in the book of Revelation, one of the things we must
seriously consider is that Lamb who was slain. Have we taken have we taken part?
Have we made use of, have we really been obedient to His gospel?
Have you obeyed the gospel of Christ? Jesus said, “It’s not everybody that says
Lord Lord is going to heaven,” Matthew 7:21, “but he who does the will of my father in
heaven.” What is Jesus want? He wants us to believe in him as the Savior, John 8:24.
He wants us to submit to him and change our lives, Acts 3 verse 19. To with our mouth
acknowledge him as the Christ, Acts 8 verse 36 and 37. And Jesus said, “He that
believes and is baptized will be saved,” Mark 16:16. May Jesus help us in every way to
strive to overcome sin and be victorious on that great day.
Study Questions for: “More About Jesus: Lesson 8”
1. According to Revelation 2:10, how long should we be faithful?
2. In Daniel 4:25-26, who still rules in the kingdoms of men?
3. Who will reign forever according to Revelation 11:15?
4. In Revelation 5:8 who was able to open the scrolls?
5. 1 Peter 1:18, the gates of Hades shall not prevail against what?
6. Who will overcome worldly kingdoms according to Revelation 17:14?
7. In Revelation 12:9, how was Satan, the dragon, overcome?
8. How did Jesus overcome Satan in Matthew chapter 4?
9. According to Revelation 21, who will wipe away ever tear?
10. Who will be saved according to Mark 16:16?