So, here we start a book that is confusing, to say the least, but knowing that if we read or listen to it, we will be blessed. (1:3) Who doesn’t want to be blessed?😄
One thing I am going to keep in mind as I read through this time, is what my commentary says, “The events are ordered according to literary, rather than strictly chronological patterns.”
So let’s get into it!
First off, it stood out to me that in his greeting, John says Jesus Christ is the “ruler of the kings of the earth.” (1:5) Jesus rule is now. It’s not some future event to look forward to…it’s now. That goes along with what we read on Day 102. It’s weird to think that Jesus rules, even over bad rulers, but that does go along with Romans 13:1. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.”
My Bible had a little ‘g’ next to “kings of the earth” So, I had to investigate! It led me to look at Rev. 17:14 where it says, “They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings.” Doesn’t that sound like what is happening now? Rulers who are not followers of Christ, wage war against him? Yet, our hope is in Christ, and he will triumph!
The next thing that stood out to me (& will be the last thing I’ll mention today, even though the warnings to the churches are full of good stuff), was how John says “has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father.” (Rev. 1:6) That’s us now!! Being a priest is not some future change we will experience when we are made perfect. Believers are priests now! I love what my commentary said, we are priests “to administer God’s love to others.” I love that! Administer God’s love….I had never thought of it that way!
Lord, help me to be a good priest!