In the movies, there is something dramatic about the moment when the character reveals himself. Whether it’s Michael Keaton’s “I’m Batman” or Robert Downey Jr.’s “I am Iron Man,” we love it when the central character announces who he is. In the opening verses of the book of Revelation, we see Jesus revealing Himself to us.
The text tells us that the final book of our Bible’s is “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the things that must soon take place” (Revelation 1:1, ESV). These opening words suggest to us that God wants us to know who He is and what He is doing in our world. This idea of God revealing Himself is all over the New Testament. Paul echoes this sentiment in Romans chapter one where he writes, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:19, ESV). The author of Hebrews says, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world” (Hebrews 1:1–2, ESV). And, the apostle John records for us Jesus’ revelation here in this text. We do not have to be in the dark regarding God and His plans and purposes. He has made them known to us. God wants us to know who He is.
God has given Jesus this revelation to give to the apostle John. John is in exile on the island of Patmos after a faithful life of ministry. And, as Jesus identifies Himself to John, He pronounces a benediction upon those who read aloud, hear, and obey the words of this prophecy. His benediction is a reminder to us of the importance of connecting with God’s Word both corporately and privately. We need to read and to hear what God has revealed of Himself to us in the Scripture.
It is not enough, however, to merely encounter these words. We must obey them. And, Jesus reminds us that there is an urgency to this because the time is near. With that said, perhaps it’s time for us to quit putting off until tomorrow what needs to be done today. So, let us begin to live out the truth Jesus has revealed to us in the Scripture. He has revealed Himself to us. He has shown us who He is and how we need to live. May we fully put our weight on who He is and what He has done, and live in a way that reflects Him.