Decoding Jesus in the Book of Revelation

Thanks for joining us for our first of four posts dedicated to building better Bible-reading habits as part of the 2018 Bible Reading Challenge! This year’s theme, if you haven’t heard is seeing Jesus in the Bible. While Jesus’s name isn’t written on every page of the Bible, you can see foreshadowing and themes of his redemption and sacrifice in every story. This week we’re going to look at Jesus in the Book of Revelation! Whether you’re a seasoned saint or a new believer, we hope you can glean some insight and hope from this post!

In Revelation, the Bible’s last book, the apostle John is given a peek into the future and into eternity. God reveals to John—and to us—how Jesus is called by several descriptive titles and names that highlight Jesus’ true nature.

  • The Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 1:8; 21:6; 22:13)
    Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, omega the last—the equivalent of our A and Z. As Creator in the beginning and Judge at the end, Jesus forms the bookends of life.
  • The Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5)
    While we sometimes think of Jesus as the Lamb of God, we don’t often think of him as a lion. Yet he is both meek like a lamb and powerful like a lion.
  • The Word of God (Revelation 19:13)
    Words explain, and Jesus explains God to a confused world (John 1:18).
  • King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16)
    Jesus is the ultimate ruler, leader, prophet, and Savior. Paul uses this same language in his first letter to Timothy (1 Timothy 6:15).
  • The bright Morning Star (Revelation 22:16)
    Jesus pushes away the nighttime of darkness that envelops the world (John 8:12; 9:5; 2 Peter 1:19).

The Bible isn’t just a story that includes Jesus. It’s a story about Jesus. He does, in fact, show up throughout it, peeking out from the pages of Old Testament history, poetry, and prophecy. If we read the Bible but somehow miss its emphasis on Jesus, we miss the point of the Bible.

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