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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Revelation 1 (Prologue)


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"Revelation 1 (Prologue)"

Revelation 1:1-3, December 6, 2006

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Hallelujah! The "revelation" is of Jesus Christ!

1) It is of Jesus — it is about Jesus
2) It is from Jesus — only He could reveal it...

"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you." (John 16:12-15)
What we're seeing in Revelation is part of the fulfillment of Christ's words in John 16.

It's interesting, I just noticed that the first line reads: "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show his servants what must soon take place."

Here we see an amazing interaction between Father and Son. The Son said that "no one knows the day" when He will come, not the angels and not even the Son, but only the Father. Here we see that the Father revealed something to the Son, and the Son revealed it to us by His messengers (and by the Holy Spirit, whom John was "in" when he saw all this).

Here right at the outset we dive straight into the beautiful mystery of the Trinity — how all are One, all are God, and God is One, yet Three, and we see their loving actions done on our behalf. God shared to the Son a bit of His own heart—His love & glory?and the Son in turn passes that love to the Spirit, who in turn passes it to us. The whole Trinity is a circle of love weaving from one Member to the other. (Hmm, that's what this picture was about!)

At the end of the prologue is the first of seven beatitudes (blessings) in the book of Revelation:

Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Is this blessing only for those who lived in that century? Certainly not! This blessing is also for us. But it is only as we know our Lord and spend time with Him in His presence, seeking His face, communing with Him and listening to His heart. If we are not seeking Him Himself, we can easily become distracted.

But if we are seeking Him Himself, then most certainly we will experience the blessing John promises for those who read the book of Revelation and take to heart what is written in it—for in here we will again find Him who has taken us into His heart. Here we will see the revelation of God's heart. We will hear His love and hear the cry inside His heart.

Blessed are we when —as we seek Him— we listen to the things on His heart and read them, taking His words back to Him, asking Him to explain what only He can understand.

Lord, we look to You! We can't understand! Right now we hand Your words —Your book, Your revelation!— we hand them all back to You, Lord. Forgive us for running ahead without You! Forgive us for warring with one another over words that You never meant to be examined apart from Your loving presence, apart from the presence of You, Holy Spirit, our Teacher and Counselor. Thank You so much, Father, for the gift of this book, for the revelation of Your Son and the revelation of Your heart here. Help us lay aside everything—me included, Lord, help me do this, too!—help us lay it aside and seek Your face and seek Your heart. Help us listen and understand, seeing You in Your glory and bowing down at Your awesome throne of agape love that holds all the universe together.
In Jesus' awesome name, amen.


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P.S. (Dec.7,'06)

P.S. to "Prologue"

After I logged off last night I was still thinking about those words I had never seen before: "which God gave to Him." I can't believe I had never ever noticed those words before! They're deep, because they change the whole understanding of where the Book of Revelation comes from — it comes from the Father, was given to the Son, and then given to us. It makes me appreciate the Book of Revelation all the more, and washes it with a holiness and sacredness that nearly makes me tear and want to cry, because it's from the heart of God, given from Father to Son, and then to us!

It's an incredible mystery that God "revealed" the Revelation to His Son. The Son said that all the Father has given is His, so it's not like the Son didn't know. The wonderful, beautiful key to understanding this is that it is given by the Father, not taken by the Son. The Son humbly submits to the Father, and the Father lovingly gives to the Son. The Son humbly chose to become human out of love.

The freewill voluntary submission of the Son to the Father is the beautiful key. It is the key to our marriage relationships with our spouse — we lovingly submit. And here we see the greatest love imagineable at work between the Father and the Son. The Son waits on the Father, and the Father lovingly gives. The Son waits in loving submission, not out of compulsion or necessity, and the Father gives, not out of demand or obligation, but out of complete love for His Son. The Father, Son and Spirit are all equally God and are One God. Yet this beautiful relationship dynamic pervades their every interaction with one another and their wooing of humanity.

I looked up the ESV reading of the prologue, and it notes that the Greek word for "servants" is "bondservants"... looking in Deuteronomy 15, we read that "bondservants" are those whose debt has been paid, but who choose to stay with their Master because they love their Master. Is it no wonder, then, that having received this burden of the Father's heart ("burden" and "prophecy" are the same word in Hebrew), that the Son now passes it freely to us who have had the ears of our hearts pierced by His love for us?

I scribbled on the way to bed:

Wow, God! I never noticed this before! You shared Your heart & understanding with Your Son?who already knew all—and He then passed it to us in the same love!

This message came from very the heart of the Father and was given to the Son, who then gave it to us...

How much more then can I NOT understand any of this without You!!!

A holy heart, passed from within the Trinity from Father to Son! Thank You, Father! Thank You for sharing Your heart and all of You for passing it down to us!

You have included us in the intimate exchange of Your heart! You have drawn us right into the middle of the eternally intimate love-relationship between the Trinity!

And this revelation concerns us!! Here at the center of exchanges in the heart of the Trinity is us! You care about us & love us and want us to understand You & seek You & call for You to come teach us! We are on Your heart! Thank You!!!
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See also: "Call and I Will Answer" (at Weeping Jeremiahs)

1 Comments:

  • At January 31, 2007 1:30 PM, Blogger Ramone said…

    The picture at the top came as Yoko and I were talking about the prologue to the book of Revelation. I had begun writing something about it on the FAF forum and suddenly noticed that all of the Trinity was mentioned in the prologue, and that this "Revelation" came from the heart of the Father, was given to the Son, and then through the Spirit was passed to us. God was giving us His heart! Yoko rightly said that Father God is happy when we seek His heart and understand that He's given us His heart, and take it into our hearts.

     

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