Devotional: The Unveiling

Published 1:45 pm Friday, October 6, 2023

The book of Revelation is perhaps the most overlooked gem of the New Testament. The Greek translation of this word Revelation is apokalypsis, which means to unveil, or uncover. What does this Revelation unveil? The first 5 words of the book give the theme and purpose of this amazing book.

Revelation 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place…”. Jesus Christ is the one being revealed, concerning things that will take place, verse 3 also calls this a prophetic book.

O how we need a Revelation of Jesus Christ today! As you read through this book, you will see Jesus Christ in a way that you did not see in the gospels.

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The writer of Revelation, the Apostle John, had spent 3+ years with Jesus here on earth. They walked many miles of Judean countryside together. John, along with the other disciples were serving and listening to Jesus bring the gospel of hope to a hurting world. Jesus spent many hours with the disciples in the upper room, just before His crucifixion, where Jesus intimately shared about his death and prayed for them to be courageous and alert.

But when Jesus is revealed to the Apostle John in Revelation chapter 1, John fell at His feet like a dead man, overwhelmed by the majesty and power of the King of Kings who was before Him. This unveiling of Jesus Christ reveals Him as a judge at the end of the age, the consumption of mankind on the earth, where every human being must give an account of how we have responded to Jesus while we lived on the earth.

Today, we are still living in an age of grace, where Jesus Christ offers forgiveness and salvation from our deserved punishment of eternal death, hell itself. But this age will end, and justice will come upon us quickly. Today is the day of salvation, we are never promised tomorrow.

If you would like to be discipled in the scriptures, and you have not been attending church, please consider setting at least a few hours aside each week, gathering with other Christians at one of the churches in town, as we study through the the Bible, unveiling the incredible truth about God, and His plan of redemption for all who believe in His completed work.

MARV FISHER is the pastor at Calvary Chapel Farmville. He can be reached at pastor@ccfarmville.org