Daily Devotion

Revelations :1: 1-8

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants[a] what must soon take place; he made[b] it known by sending his angel to his servant[c] John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed[d] us from our sins by his blood, and made[e] us to be a kingdom, priests serving[f] his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Look! He is coming with the clouds;
    every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
    and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord 

Devotion

The word translated “revelation” is from ancient Greek word “apokalupsis (apocalypse). The meaning of this word is “revealing or unveiling” meaning that there is something hidden from the ordinary eye that needs some supernatural eyes to be seen. I will not touch a lot on the background of this book but key verse for devotion today is verse 3, “Blessed is he who reads… and keep those things which are written in it” First, the words he who reads and those who hear show that this book was intended to be read publicly, just as other books of accepted Scripture. Second, the promise of blessing itself shows that John regarded this book as Holy Scripture. In the Jewish world, such a blessing could never be pronounced on a merely human book. Four things are important from this verse:

  1. It is a blessing to enjoy the word of God. This was one of the principal advantages the Jews had above the Gentiles.
  2. It is a blessing to study the scriptures.
  3. It is a blessing not only to read the scriptures ourselves, but to hear them read by others, who are more knowledgeable to give us the sense of what they read and to lead us into an understanding of them.
  4. It is not sufficient that we read and hear scriptures but we must keep the things that are written.

This is what people like Martin Lurther did when they reform the church.

Let Us Pray

Almighty and eternal God, you have kindled the flame of love in the hearts of the saints: grant to us the same faith and power of love, that, as we rejoice in their triumphs, we may be sustained by their example and fellowship; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Martin Lurther, Reformer, 1546.

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