Unlimited: The Story of Jesus is the Story of the Church
Mar 5, 2020 636
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8, NIV).
I wonder if you’ve noticed that the book of Revelation couches the experience of the church in terms that remind us about Jesus. It is magnificent to see how whatever the Bible is writing about, somehow it always directs us to Jesus.
The “anti-Christ” is described as a duplicate, a counterfeit, of Christ. This is because false religion is always near the truth; the one thing it lacks is the blood – confidence and trust in the blood of Christ.
But then we look at the story of the true church. It also is expressed in terms reminiscent of Jesus. Did you notice here what it said? The church would prophesy – that is, uphold the truths of the Old and New Testaments – for 1260 days. That’s how long Jesus preached for when he was here on earth. The story of our Lord Jesus Christ is the story of his church.
The scenes of the judgments of Christ, the unfairness, the false witnessing, the lying and deception – all these will take place in every part of the world. It will be a time of trouble indeed. And my main question is, “How do we prepare for it? How did Christ prepare for it? Trust and obey, for there’s no other way!
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Read the first and last chapters of the book of Revelation. These chapters clearly reveal the key theme and the central focus of the book. What do you discover when you read them?