The Revelation of Jesus Christ, do we know who he is? Do we really know Him? Do we really have a true witness of Him? Do we have a testimony of Him? Do we know if we died today if we will make heaven our home? What do we bare record of?
Revelation 1:1-3 the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John; who bare record of the Word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein for the time is at hand.
John the known author of Revelation was a prisoner on the island of Patmos, where he had been exiled because of his Christian faith. He was well known among the churches of Asia, and was classed as a prophet. John was an Apostle of Christ. The key to this book of Revelation is found in the opening verse: ďThe revelation of Jesus ChristĒ. The main purpose it is believed is to reveal the person of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of the world and as the conqueror of evil, and to present in symbolic form the program by which He will carry out His work. John talks of his visions; the first being of Christ and the Church being a portrait of the Priestly Presence and letters to the Seven Churches. Johnís second vision was of Christ and the World. Christ and Victory was the third vision and Christ and Eternity was the fourth and last vision of John while he was on the Island of Patmos.
What do we bare record of? We have a call to obedience, labor and love. We have a chance to live a new life with God and the Lamb in the New Jerusalem; what are we going to do? There will be a new heaven and a new earth, final conflict and judgment, the millennial kingdom, victory over the beasts, the fall of Babylon and the response in heaven. What do we have that we can bare record of Christ doing in our lives? The signs of the time that Jesus taught us that would happen before Christ glory and return is happening now; do we know the signs? Will the trumpet sound and we not hear it? Will the seals be broken and we not see it? Will the commission of the Lamb to the Church be noteworthy? Has the letters been read and we not hear them? Because of the call to obedience, labor and love has gone undone we face a strong rebuke in the earth today.
We need to stop arguing with the Devil and say what Godís Archangel Michael said to Satan when he was contending with him in dispute over the body of Moses in Jude 9, ďthe Lord rebuke theeĒ. We donít have to argue over what God through his Word has already said. Many speak evil about things they know not or know and donít understand. Leave it to Jesus. We must respect only what Satan respect in this life and thatís the Word of God that he himself bare record of. Satan knows the Word of God; how do we think he can deceive us using it? He knows God; for he was in heaven with God at one time. He knows the mind of Christ and the thoughts God have toward man to bring man to an expected end. His job is to challenge God to stop man from reaching that prepared place Jesus went to prepare for us for eternity.
Jesus came to man and bare record that God was God in Heaven and Earth. He bare record of the Word, and the Holy Ghost. He was and is the Word and He spoke the Word to gain victory in the earth. We must do the same, bare record that he came in the flesh and dwell among men. Before we can picture Christ in the Gospels we must make up our mind about what we think of God and the supernatural. The account of Jesus Christ in the Gospel is of truth but if one is an atheist or a pantheist they will not listen to the Gospels in their records of Jesus as the Son of God. If one cannot or will not believe that God is superior to the universe made by Him, they will have trouble with the miracles wrought be Jesus and with the miracle of Jesus. But if a man believes in a personal God who loves sinful men that sent His own Son to save them from sin, everything else follow easily.
In the New Testament Jesus Christ is presented as the Son of God who existed before his incarnation as the equal of the Father. In nature He came to earth as the babe in Bethlehem, grew up to manhood in Nazareth and died on the Cross after a life of struggle with the ecclesiastics and rose from the dead and ascended on high with the promise to send the Holy Spirit and to come back Himself. The virgin birth of Jesus is given by Matthew and Luke and is really made necessary by the fact of the incarnation and is assumed by the whole New Testament portrait of Christ. John 3:16 for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This is considered the little gospel but it is the real gospel all through the New Testament.
The Gospels differ in the shading of the picture, but they all describe Jesus as the Messiah of promise, the Son of God, the Son of man, the Savior, the Lord of Glory, the Prophet, and the King. This picture fills the world as never before. Christ coming is a live picture of the Word. Jesus is the Word lived. The efforts of some men to get rid of Christ have only served to call fresh attention to the wonder and power of the Christ. The picture is a fact, not an invention of men. The witness of the centuries confirms the power of the Risen Christ, who lives in the hearts of men today. How we see Christ determines how we see God and how we allow the Holy Spirit to come in and continue the work Jesus came to fulfill in the world. The picture Paul has drawn for us of Christ agrees with that of the Gospels as well as all those that proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our walk in Christ and love for Christ should also touch and agree with all those that proclaim the Gospel, live the Gospel in their hearts and all those that worship in spirit and truth. Do we bare record of Jesus as Lord and Savior?