Preaching the Book of Revelation

The book of Revelation begins: “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His servants the things that must soon take place” (Rev 1:1). Jesus is both the object of Revelation, that is the one being revealed, and the agent of Revelation, that is the one who does the revealing.[1] Throughout the book we see profound portraits of Christ, which help us to more fully understand who He is. The glorified Christ, of whom Peter, James, and John, saw a glimpse on the mountain of Transfiguration, is uncovered for us in awesome power and glory. Even the sections of Revelation that seem to be about others ultimately teach us something about Jesus. For, it is Jesus who is in control of history. He is the One who is worthy to open the seals and to bring this age to its alarming conclusion. He is the One who defeats the anti-christ, the false prophet, and that ancient serpent, the devil. He is the One who throws them into the Lake of Fire. He is the One who has authority over Death, Hades, Heaven, and Hell. He is the climactic Judge at the Great White throne. He is the One who is worthy of honour and glory and power forever and ever. If anyone other than Jesus becomes the main subject of Revelation then the preacher has missed the mark.

[1] Johnson (Discipleship, 14) writes: “‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ’: The title is ‘The Lifting of the Cover, the Pulling Back of the Curtain, The Opening Up, The Breaking Through of Jesus Christ.’ The title of the book is ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ by Jesus Christ about Jesus Christ.’”

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