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Revelation 1v1-20 – A Voice and a Vision


James Norris

This is the revelation of Jesus Christ. Revelation is ‘the uncovering of something hidden’. It is stacked full of things to come. And these things will take place soon. This timing is determined by God, not man, and it is certain. If your existence is infinite then the meaning of the word ‘soon’ probably takes on a different meaning to the one we think of.


Revelation is a letter. Yes, a slightly different letter than the kind of letter we would write today, and also different to the previous letters of the New Testament. It is a letter to seven churches (which are actual churches) as well as being for a larger audience too. This is a letter from God to man (and quite dissimilar to the Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip song). Imagine you get a letter from God through your door. Would you put it on the windowsill on the pile of letters addressed to previous tenants, or would you open it straight away and read it? Do you skip over Revelation because you find it a bit confusing, or do you actually engage with it and read it?

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come… I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive for evermore” Rev 1:8, 17-18

These are amazing truths that remind us at the start of this incredible book that if we are spending our earthly lives are with Jesus, our destination is with Jesus. We need not fear, because Jesus has the keys of death. Today I don’t want to ask about what happens in the end, but instead; what is happening right now in your life? Are you living a life following & loving Jesus? Rev 1:6 describes Jesus as the one “who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood”. Are we living lives that are worth Jesus dying for?