Sunday Devotional: Revelation 1:4-8

“John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.  Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”” (Revelation 1:4-8)

This passage is the greeting to the seven churches for whom the book of Revelation was written.  John writes to these church at the prompting of God to encourage them and to tell the what was to come.  This greeting encompasses not only who God is but what he has done and also what’s in store.

The main points to remember?  God is everlasting.  Jesus loves us and died for our sins so we could be free from those burdens.  Those that love God and follow Him will be overjoyed the day of Jesus’ return.  Those that don’t, will weep and wail when He returns.  And it is certain that He will return.

This week, let us live our lives with that reassurance.  God is the one who is and who was and who is to come.  Jesus is the one who died for our sins so we can have life.  The Holy Spirit is with us to comfort us and to remind us of Jesus’ return.  And let us love one another and share about Jesus so that there may be fewer and fewer who will weep and wail when Jesus returns.

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