Preparing for the Future: Set Your Eyes on Jesus
August 11, 2019 | Jim Hodge
Revelation is not primarily about fear, but hope.
Not hellfire, but glory.
Not Satan, but God.
Not death and destruction, but life and salvation.
Matthew 25:21; 2 Corinthians 3:18
I. Jesus reveals His glory. (Revelation 1:1-16)
- He is The Faithful Witness. (Vs. 1-5)
- He is The Firstborn of the Dead. (Vs. 5)
- He is The Ruler of the earth. (Vs. 5)
- He loves us and set us free. (Vs. 5)
- He made us His priests. (Vs. 6)
- He has glory and dominion forever. (Vs. 6)
- He is returning to reclaim the earth. (Vs. 7)
- He is The Beginning and End. (Vs. 8)
- He is The Head of the Church. (Vs. 9-13)
2 Thessalonians 2:6
- He is The Son of Man. (Vs. 13)
- He is Eternally Wise. (Vs. 14)
- He is All Knowing and Seeing. (Vs. 14)
- He has Authority over God’s enemies. (Vs. 15)
1 Corinthians 15:24
- He has The Words of life and death. (Vs. 16)
- His glory has no comparison. (Vs. 16)
- He is The Resurrected Living One. (Vs. 17-18)
- He oversees Heaven and Hell. (Vs. 18-20)
II. How Should We Then Live?
- Seek complete healing. (Revelation 21:4)
- Seek complete joy. (Revelation 21:1-3)
- Seek complete restoration. (Revelation 21:5-6)
Isaiah 65:25; Revelation 21:1-6
Discussion Questions for the Week
- What is your experience with reading Revelation? What is most challenging about it? Read it this week.
- Why is it important we understand that Jesus is the Crucified and Risen One before we seek to understand the Book of Revelation?
- Which description of Jesus is most meaningful to you in chapter one or two?
- How does Jesus’ power over death shape the way you view death and talk about death with others?
- How has seeing Christ’s greatness motivated you to be on mission to share the Good news and serve others?
- Read Isaiah 65:17-25 and Revelation 21:1-6. Notice the fulfillments of prophecy. Use these texts to pray.