Adoration of Jesus.
After greeting the churches in Asia, John presents the adoration of Jesus, who is the source of our existence. “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 dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:5 – 6. John, here, summarizes what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf, while in the body here on the earth. Jesus’s accomplishments became a reality in the time of the sounding of the seventh trumpet. Jesus accomplished it all in His body on the cross at Golgotha. Later in these series of blogs, the events associated with the sounding of the seventh trumpet, and Jesus’s accomplishments will be addressed in more detail.
Even though we have become God’s enemies, because of our sin in the garden of Eden, God loved us always. He united Himself with us in flesh and blood in the body of Jesus Christ. Jesus is ‘God with us.’ Matthew 1:23. John presents to us this kind of Jesus, in the book of Revelation. John presents to us a Jesus who, as God’s Grace, in the fullness of time, suffered the cross to remove from us our sin that made us God’s enemies. He not only removed sin from us but also destroyed the sin forever. Romans 3:25 – 26; Romans 8:1 – 3. John presents to us Jesus, who, through the wonderful exchange on the cross, destroyed the sinful life of humankind and replaced it with His perfect and eternal life. 2 Corinthians 5:14, 17. Jesus did not take our sin to heaven; He took it into the eternal abyss, the eternal death. “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sin, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24. The “old self,” who got hopelessly enslaved in sin, died forever in the body of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha. The yielded believers have, here and now, the “New Self,” the new and holy identity of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, whom the book of Revelation presents, “has made us kings and priests to God.” Revelation 5:10. In the Old Covenant time, the high priest presented the people to God and spoke to Him on behalf of the people. However, through Jesus Christ, our permanent High Priest, the Old Covenant system was superseded with the new. By the blood of Jesus Christ, the yielded believers have freedom and power to approach the throne of God in prayer; without fear. They do not fear because they approach God in the name of Jesus. The yielded believers do not need anyone to stand before God on their behalf. The yielded believers are free to praise and petition their heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. John 16:26 – 27. He is their eternal connection to God. “in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.” Ephesians 3:12. Therefore, “Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16.
John’s desire to see Jesus fulfilled. Read the next blog.