Revelation, the Book of Hope

Today's Bible reading: Revelation 21:1-4; 22:1-5


This, then, brings us to the last book of the Bible.  The Book of Revelation – which is perhaps the least understood (or the most misunderstood) in the entire Scripture - is also the greatest document of Christian hope. The letters to the seven churches that we find in chapters 1–3 appeal to us for faithfulness unto death in the face of lukewarmness, suffering, and false teaching.  Central in the development of Revelation is the picture of heavenly worship in chapters 4 and 5.  Worship - to which suffering believers are called - is the essence of heaven.

The events of history may at times seem to us bewildering – a denial that God is in control … since Satan now seems to be Lord and Prince of this world.  Yet, in the center of that magnificent scene around the heavenly throne, there stands the lamb who alone can open the book with it seals.  Christ is the secret of history.  He calls us to keep our eyes directed to Him.  He promises no easy path through life for us … yet He will finally conquer the old Dragon Satan, and call His saints to their heavenly home.  There - in the new Jerusalem - there will be no more death … no tears.

Thus, the last words of the last book of the Bible echo the cry of God’s saints throughout the centuries: “Come, Lord Jesus.”

Will God’s plan for us be perfected in heaven?  Will we be faithful until death and so inherit the crown of eternal life?  We do not trust in our own hoping … our own resolve to be faithful – we can and do fail our Lord.  Our true comfort comes rather from the knowledge that He is always our faithful God.  What God has started He will finish.  ‘He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.’

You are included in God’s incredible plan – from the time of creation … till now … and unto eternity!  You can be sure that He is in control as your almighty and loving Father.  As you wait for God to complete His plan for you, join in the prayer of God’s people: “Amen!  Come, Lord Jesus!  This is most certainly true!”  As you reflect on God’s final plan for you and for all His people … I pray that the Holy Spirit would help you to lead a godly life that glorifies Him and serves your neighbor, as you wait in hope for the consummation of His master plan!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Prayer: Loving and Almighty Father, we thank You that You are in control and that we are included in Your Master Plan.  As we await Your final consummation we pray together with all Your people: “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! This is most certainly true!”; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.