When our Women's ministry chose to study the Book of Revelation this Fall, I got excited. For years, I've avoided reading the last book of the Bible thinking that I wouldn't even understand what's written in those chapters even if I try my best to grasp the meaning of the symbols and signs mentioned in the book.
My enthusiasm for the study heightened when I learned that we were going to follow Beth Moore's teaching on Revelation through video sessions. Along with me, 80-100 women signed up for this study to get a grasp of what is uniquely revealed in this Book.
As Beth Moore points out in her study book-" No scholar, commentary, denomination, preacher or teacher can plausibly claim to have all the answers and ultimate interpretation for this fascinating finish of scripture. It's futile to expect a full understanding of everything written in the book. As long as God is glorified and His Word held sacred and inspired, having our views challenged can be a very healthy thing."
Surely, our concept of God and understanding of His Word shape our lives and
reflect in our faith walk. As a child attending church on the other side of the
globe, I grew up calling Christ as Jesu Papa and picturing Him with the image that
I saw on calendars hung on the wall or on Sunday school takeaways- the smiling
Jesus with blond hair and blue eyes having little kids on His lap, or the One
with a staff in His hand and a lamb around His neck.
In my teen years, when I was introduced to the meaning of grace and
salvation, I began to see Jesus as the One who died on the cross for my sins in
order to give me a place in heaven. .
As I grew in years and in my faith, He became my Lord and Savior. When
life and family brought challenges and threw uncertainties to fog my view, I
saw Christ as my provider, protector, deliverer and counselor,
In this last book of the Bible, through the eyes of
Apostle of John, God has revealed to us the majesty of Christ which we haven’t seen before. Even John couldn’t
compose himself to stand straight, but to fall as if dead at the sight of his
He couldn’t see the
Son of Man as Jesus of Nazareth with whom he once walked, talked and
ate in Galilee, or as the One who stood silently with a twisted crown of
thorns on His head before the mockers, who shouted,“ Hail King of Jews”, and
struck Him with their hands. Nor did John see Jesus as the risen Christ, who
showed up within closed walls with nail marks on His hands and feet, or the One
who was taken up to heaven in clouds while two men robed in white apparel stood
Instead, in the first few chapters of the book that I’ve studied so far,
John sees Christ as Son of God whose eyes shone like blazing fire and feet
looked like burnished bronze, and voice sounding like rushing waters
announcing that He’s the First and the Last. Later, in the throne room of God,
where the throne dazzled with the brilliance of jasper and carnelian, and
voices of angels numbering ten thousand times ten thousand singing,
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain
To receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
And honor and glory and praise!”
John sees Christ as a slain Lamb, the only One worthy to open the scroll that
was in the right hand of God seated on the throne.
“ To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
Be praise and honor and glory and power forever and ever!” sang every
creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all
that is in them. Rev: 5:11,13.
What a glorious scene, and what a mighty King we serve! It's too wonderful to
realize that, such a holy and glorious Christ, who is hailed day and night by
thousands of angels in heaven, knows my name,
hears my prayers from His throne room and comes to my rescue in my time
of need. Such a knowledge makes me want to fall flat on my face in gratitude and worship Him with adoration till
my last breath. Instead of confining a day of celebration for thanksgiving, I pray that thankfulness would become my way of life.