“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 of 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 to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; the mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”—Revelation 1:1-20

The greater our thoughts of the Lord Jesus Christ, the sweeter will be our blessings by Him. The more we see and understand the glory, majesty, and dominion of our Saviour, the richer will be our peace, comfort and confidence in Him in this world and for the world to come. A great Saviour inspires great security and great joy.

Christ the First and Last

Jesus Christ is the Lord of Glory. When John in his vision of Revelation heard the words of the Voice that spoke to him on the Isle of Patmos, he turned to see the Lord Jesus Christ, glorified in the midst of His people, the church. The Lord declared, ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.’

Growing in grace

These were the words of the risen, reigning Christ, and if we grasp what they mean we shall expand our own knowledge of Christ, and enlarge our appreciation of His greatness, glory, power, majesty, holiness, and authority. Enlarging our view of the Saviour will always be a blessing to our souls as well as a fresh opportunity to praise and thank our God. Spiritual growth is directly related to increased knowledge and deeper experience of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ our God

When our Saviour says He is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, He is telling us of His primacy and immutability. This title itself is a testimony to the Saviour’s divinity and self-existence. Our Lord Jesus Christ is God over all and blessed for ever. Alpha is the first letter, and Omega the last in the Greek alphabet, and signifies that Christ is the first and the last word in all matters of life and death, and in the creation and consummation of all things.

Creator and Judge

As creator of all things, He is the first cause. Nothing exists outside of His will and purpose. In Him is all perfection, completeness, fulness and excellence; all knowledge, all beauty and all truth. He transcends time and fills eternity, being ever-present in all places at all times as the eternal Spirit. Yet He sits victoriously upon the Throne of God whence He shall come to judge the world in righteousness.

Christ stooped to save

But though our Lord is first and greatest, He is also last and lowest. Our Saviour humbled Himself. He was made lower than the angels, and as man He was despised among men and rejected of men. He was made a curse, first by hanging on the cross, then in submitting to death under the Law. He gave His life a ransom for many.

The Person and work of Christ

The Person of the Lord Jesus Christ is the great object of our faith, but we do not understand His Person outside of His work. We know Him only because of what He has done for us. The Lord’s words to John, that He is first and last, lead us to discover His mighty work of redemption. Our Saviour has secured full and free salvation for His chosen people, the elect of God.

The keys of death and hell

This work of salvation is indicated also by the Saviour’s statement that He holds the keys of hell and death. These keys are the keys of authority and power. He opens and none can shut, He shuts and none can open. The existence of all life and the precise duration of all life and the exact moment of death and every person’s eternal destination is under Christ’s authority. He delivers some, and destroys others, according to His own good will, and by whatever means He chooses.

If you are saved you are safe

There is no war, no disease, no act of violence, no virus, no accident and no random circumstance that is outside of the Saviour’s control and power. It is our lack of faith that we fear the future and spend our lives dreading death. Our Lord Jesus Christ has proved His power over death and hell by raising the dead; such as Lazarus, Jairus’ daughter and the widow of Nain’s son, and by personally defeating both death and hell at the cross, then rising victoriously from the grave. The redeemed of the Lord need have no fear, we are safe and secure because all power in heaven and earth belongs to our Saviour.

A measure of blessing

Our flesh, being weak, hinders our faith and causes us to forget or diminish our security in Christ. That is why it is important to regularly and repeatedly return in our thoughts and in our soul to dwell upon the greatness of the Saviour and the great value of His work. The greater our thoughts of the Lord Jesus Christ, the more blest and contented will be our time here on earth, regardless of our trials and troubles.

Amen

Peter Meney



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