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Day Five: He Is Risen, and He Rules

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Revelation 1:4-19

John, to the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father-to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.  The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.

Reflection:

John saw the One (Jesus) we will all see one day.  Among the wonderful descriptions of Jesus here, John shows us how Jesus rules-as the firstborn from the dead, and as the ruler of the kings of the earth.  He is also the Living One who was dead and is now alive for ever and ever, and he holds the keys of death and Hades. This truth of Jesus’ reign will be shared with everyone.

Let’s rejoice with John for the reality is that the Lord Jesus is risen, and He rules over every king of the earth, and is the victor over the greatest tyrant - death and Hades.  With John, let’s also bow before Him “who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty,” and worship Him today.  And with renewed hope, deeper faith, and greater joy let’s love God today with all our heart, soul, strength and mind.  And let’s ask Him to help us truly love to those around us so they also can experience God’s salvation and the hope of being in His presence.

Day Three: From Hopeless to Hope-filled

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Day Four: So Good and So True

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Day Two: Resurrection Life

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Day One: Resurrection Joy

Monday, April 21st, 2014