John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:4-8)
Who Is Jesus?
When John the apostle was given the revelation by God of things that would shortly take place, he began with the declaration of the authority of Jesus Christ. The book of the revelation of Jesus Christ is the final book of the Bible and represents an incredible imagery of the war between righteousness and unrighteousness. At the conclusion of the book the message of victory is assured with the triumph over Satan, his cohorts of beasts, death and Hades. The glory of the Lord pervades the final scenes as the curtain draw to a close the grand message of the revelation of the Son of God. John begins with describing who Jesus is and what His divine power has granted Him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is declared to be the “faithful witness.” The work of the Son of God was to come into the world and be a witness to the truth. He accomplished all the Father desired of Him and left the message of the One Truth among all men. His death was pronounced on the basis of being a criminal or fraud but before the Father the witness of Jesus was faithful until death. Jesus died accused of sedition but He died sinless.
The power of Jesus’ death was confirmed by the majesty of His resurrection. Many had been brought from the grave like Lazarus, the widow of Nain’s son and the daughter of Jairus. Jesus became the firstborn from the dead because He was raised from the dead by the power of the Father and still lives. All those who were raised from the dead through the history of God’s people died again. Dorcas would be raised from the dead by Peter but she died again. The powerful testimony of Jesus was confirmed that He rose from the dead and He lives before the Father. Death could not hold the Son of God in its grasp and with each passing day Jesus reigns with the Father He brings to naught the power of the grave. There is no bondage in sin and death because Jesus reigns as the firstborn from the dead. The Christ is ruler of the kings of the earth. Those who sentenced Him to death became His subjects when He rose from the dead. Pilate delivered Jesus to death by the authority granted him by God. When Jesus became the firstfruits from the dead He became the ruler of all men. Caesar was His subject as has been all those who rule over nations. What Satan tempted Jesus with at the beginning of His ministry the Lord attained through obedience to the will of the Father.
Jesus loved all men and died for all men. His love is without measure to consider He left the glories of the Father to come walk among men. The first sacrifice Jesus made was to leave Heaven. He loved all men by dying on the cross for the sins of unworthy man. Through the blood shed on the cross anyone can come to Christ and be washed in the blood for the cleansing of sin. The resurrection assures all men of the love of Christ. It was the blood of the Son of God that brought redemption, salvation and hope to a lost and dying world. Without that blood there could be no hope of eternal life. In the cleansing of the blood of Christ His people become kings and priests to God for His glory and dominion. The kingdom of God is made up of those who serve as priests giving glory to the Father for His abundant grace. In the Revelation the contrast of those who serve the Lord and those who serve the devil are clearly defined. As the letter begins it declares Jesus to be the Christ and when John finishes the revelation Jesus is declared to be the King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords. All victory has been given in Christ and no disciple need fear the forces of evil, worldliness and Satan himself because Jesus conquered all. Praise God.