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Jesus The King In Revelation

Andy Ott (Technical Director)

If the Old Testament is walk-up music for a promised King and the Gospels are the bold pronouncement that the promised King is God Himself, then the book of Revelation is the exuberant coronation celebration of Jesus as King. Revelation is the fulfillment of God’s eternal promise to His people:

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.” (Revelation 21:3, NLT)

In Revelation, John gives us a small, but glorious glimpse into the finally restored order:

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” The final deliverance from sin, despair, destruction, pain and even death is completed right before John’s eyes. And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 21:5-6, NLT)

The glorious, eternal, righteous and perfect King is given His due by all of creation. And to complete His joy, He invites us to live in His new, perfect and complete Kingdom – the New Jerusalem.

I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory. Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there. And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city. (Revelation 21:22-26, NLT)

Where the Old Testament pointed to Jesus, the Coming Messiah – Revelation displays for us Jesus, the Returning King. As Advent continues and we look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ our King, we find ourselves living in the ‘now-and-not-yet’. If we have bowed the knee and called Jesus “Lord” then we have the opportunity to participate in His Kingdom now and we eagerly wait for the truths of Revelation to come to pass in the not-yet. Paul says it perfectly in 1 Corinthians 13: “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”

And so we wait. We wait for the fulfillment of His promises. We wait for His kingdom to come in it’s fullness. We wait for our second, grand, and perfect Christmas!

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