Wednesday May 11, 2005
Jesus, the Faithful Witness
Revelation 1:4-8; 4:1-11
John wrote the book of Revelation—as he received it from God—to encourage Christians who were being heavily persecuted by the Roman emperor Domitian. About 25 years before,
We can also be encouraged by simply remembering who Jesus is. By realizing He’s perfectly trustworthy and praiseworthy, we will be able to persevere through difficulties with confidence and joy. John reminds us that Jesus is the faithful witness. (Revelation 1:5) We can rely on every single thing He says—not only are His words true; He Himself is the truth. (John 14:6) If He says He will do something, we can believe it will happen. The early church desperately needed to know that Jesus’ return was certain because He had said He was coming back. Likewise, we can trust His promise that this life on earth isn’t all there is, and that He will be with us forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:17) Jesus proved His word by conquering death through the Cross and His resurrection, becoming “the firstborn of the dead” (Revelation 1:5) and preparing the way for all who trust in Him. He is our hope and the guarantee of our own resurrection.
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