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It’s April 30; Good Morning Union

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

“Blessed is the one who reads… hears… and takes to heart what is written….” Revelation 1:3

That is the promise at the beginning of the last book in the Bible—quite appropriate I’d say for the last week of school! As much as I love and believe in the prophetic approach that my Church has taken with this book, I had one of my greatest ah-ha moments several years ago when I read a “commentary” on this book by, of all people, singer and song-writer Michael Card. I had spent so much time trying to get all the dates and events straight from history and into the future that I missed the first line of the book—it’s “the revelation OF JESUS CHRIST”—so the greatest discovery should be that I discover Jesus in this book, even more than the historical sequence of the seven churches, trumpets, seals or anything else. It seems to me that the book should be about JESUS more than a prediction about the future. That freed me to appreciate our traditional historical and prophetic perspective much more AFTER I sought to find Jesus! Michael Card was my motivation to read the book through from first to last, at one sitting, without dates and predictions, just looking for Jesus. It changed my life and I believe it might do the same to yours too—try it (after finals next week!!)

My verse for today says I will be blessed when I read it, listen to it and take it to heart. And that’s exactly what I did; I just read it, and listened to it, and tried to make the applications to my heart. No dates, no predictions, no symbols, as valuable as I still believe they are in recognition of the gift that I believe God has given my Church in understanding the history and prophetic futuristic interpretation. Just look for Jesus, one time through, nothing else. Some of the things I discovered were:

  1. How many times He is called “worthy”
  2. How many times He is called “holy”
  3. “Salvation and glory and power belong to Him” because He sits on the throne of God
  4. He will wipe away every tear
  5. He will “reign for ever and ever”
  6. His blood gives me victory
  7. He is the “Lamb of God”
  8. He is the “bride” and He invites us ALL to the “wedding supper of the Lamb”
  9. He “reigns almighty” and I am to give Him glory
  10. He is coming soon
  11. His reward is with Him
  12. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end
  13. Blessed are those who “wash their robes in His blood” because they have the right to enter into the city
  14. He says, “Come… and take the free gift of the water of life.”
  15. He confirms, “YES, I AM coming soon.”
  16. and His grace will be with His people to the end. Amen.

To name a few!! What a “revelation of Jesus Christ!” I’ll bet you could find 16 more “revelations” on your journey through the book! I almost missed all that in my quest to get dates straight and predictions of future events accurate, when in fact the history or the future won’t make a lick of difference if I have not found Jesus Christ of Whom the book was written!

So have a great day discovering Jesus, not only in Revelation, but in everything,
Pastor Rich