Freedom by Blood
For the month of May, and into June we are going to be looking in our morning messages at the book of Revelation. We are going to be studying the first five chapters which include the letters, or messages really, to the seven churches, the view of the throne, the scroll and the lamb. We will return in the future for many of the other chapters, but for our first series it is good for us to get reacquainted with this book that holds so much mystery and yet so much majesty.
An item of note to notice that nearly everyone forgets about this book, there is no 's' on the end. It isn't Revelations, it is Revelation. The singular vision in multiple pieces given to John the Apostle. Second, the book is heaven's view of events on earth. Not reverse. So often we try to frame everything in Revelation as this historical event points to this verse and so on. No. Heaven's view is what we have to keep in mind.
Third, it is very good for us to remember that Revelation is a book of cycles. This is ahrd for us to grasp because in the West we think of everything very linear. Today, tomorrow, and onward. But the eastern mind, the one given to John doesn't work that way. The eastern mind thinks in circles or a better word is cycles.
This is what we see over and over in Revelation. The same stories are told from multiple heavenly perspectives. This is evident in the reading of the whole book which the first chapters barely touch, but this is a good time to be reminded of the pattern of through in the book of Revelation.
Lastly, we need to always have in mind of the purpose for this book being written. Revelation was written to remind us again, that the chosen, perfect, sacrificed, risen and ascended lamb, who is Jesus Christ, is presently sitting on his throne in Glory advancing the kindgom of heaven forward until it touches the earth again.
In order that, we would be gathered as his people in soul and body to dwell with him in the new heavens and the new earth. We have to be ready for this coming day every day. These are the points Revelation holds before us, to remind again and again, that God is still at work bringing his glory.
Glory that he has already purchased with his blood according to Revelation 1:5 which reads, "he loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father - to him by glory and power forever and ever!"
This is the purpose of our study; to be mindful of the fact that our freedom in Christ came at a great cost. It came with the shedding of blood. We have to remember blood and sacrifice is the whole of our faith; faith in Jesus Christ; the greatest willing warrior who ever lived, died, rose, and is coming again. You and I are already freed by the blood of the lamb! Praise God!