Many people are afraid of reading the book of Revelation, but it’s not there to scare us. Its purpose is to give us hope and blessing. Revelation is like that tiny gift under the Christmas tree—it may not seem like it’s that important, but inside there is a great blessing.
Think about baby Jesus—He was born in a manger, totally dependent on Mary and Joseph to give Him what He needed. But look at the majesty He grew up to take hold of:
Revelation 1:12-19—When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. “Write down what you have seen—both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen.
The writer of Revelation, John, got a snapshot of his majestic King. Jesus started out His human life as a little baby, and eventually died on a cross to pay the penalty for all humanity’s sins. But His story doesn’t end there. He resurrected from the grave and is now in heaven as the eternal, living King.
Jesus holds the keys to eternal life in His hands, and He openly offers them to every single human being. Missing the mark of God’s standard separates us from God, but it does not separate God from us. Even though we couldn’t come to Him on our own, He came to us to provide us the pathway we needed to get back to Him. Jesus came as a liberator to set us free, and a leader to help us focus on eternity.
The baby in the manger may seem so small and sweet that He melts your heart, but let the risen King who conquered death magnify your future. No matter what happens in your life, no matter what is going on in the world, remember that when we place our hope in Jesus, the future is bright!