Before church this Sunday (Resurrection Sunday) my wife made some coffee to drink while we each read our Bibles. She pulled up an app on her phone, I opened my computer, and we began reading God’s Word. She was reading the Resurrection story in Mark. I turned to John—but not John’s Gospel. I was reading about the resurrection from John’s book of the Revelation. I did not intend to read about the resurrection that morning. Instead, I was going to continue my studies in the Apocalypse. Since I had recently read through the book, my plan was to list all of the names and descriptions of the Lord in His Revelation. I found many descriptions of Him:
Jesus Christ, Son of Man, Son of God, He who has a two-edged sword in His mouth, etc.
The most fascinating of these that I found that morning were the descriptions of our God as the resurrected, living Lord.
- He is, was, and is to come.
- Rev. 1:4, 8: John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;…I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
- Rev 4:8: And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
- He is the First begotten from the dead.
- Rev 1: 5: And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…
- He lives, and was dead and is alive for evermore! Rev 2:8: And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
- Rev 4:9-10: And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,…
- Rev. 1:18: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
These resurrection verses were a tremendous encouragement to me. I was not even looking for this topic, yet here it is. It was a tremendous encouragement to read these verses. Only two days prior I heard the news that my niece entered this world already present with the Savior. The encouragement of the resurrection is what turns sadness and despair into hope and joy and peace. Because He lives, we can live also!