Daily Devotion - December 9, 2020 - Alpha and Omega

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – December 9, 2020
Revelation 1:1-8
Weekly Theme: The Lord Is Coming
Today: Alpha and Omega

Have you ever done a reading of the book of Revelation? Many Christians tend to stay away from it, describing it as scary ad frightening. If you think about the dual purposes of Advent as a time to prepare our hearts for both  the coming of Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and to also look forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ, as Christians we should not be afraid but should find hope, love, joy and peace. Today’s reading from the opening words of John in Revelation makes it clear that the purpose of the book of Revelation is to give us a good dose of encouragement and motivation to live righteous and holy lives and to share the good news of Christ's "eternal presence with us" and the hope we have in his coming.

In these eight verses, John identifies himself and God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – as authors of this letter which is written to the seven churches in Asia. The greeting alone states that the purpose of the message is to bring grace, peace and blessings to all those who read this prophesy aloud and to those who hear it and hold as truth that which has been written. This passage also makes it clear that the real author of the revelation, which John has been chosen to reveal, is God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit through these three descriptions: the eternity of God as Father who is, who was, and who is to come; the completeness of God through the Holy Spirit as indicated through the number seven which means completion; and the abundant grace of the Son, Jesus Christ who makes available to us love, freedom from sin, and access to the kingdom and priesthood of believers through his life lived on earth, his death on the cross, his resurrection and ascension, and who is now in heaven seated next to God the Father and interceding on our behalf. The purpose of this letter is to give us hope through the eternal presence, the completeness and totality of God and through the abundant grace God has made available to us.

As Christians, in good times and difficult times such as those we have experienced this past year, we should find not fear, but hope, in the words of Revelation 1:1-8.  Through these words, we see the perfection of God as the One who is, who was and who is to come, as the Alpha and Omega, and as the One who wants to give us all his ever-present, complete grace and love. The symbolism in the book of Revelation can be difficult to read and comprehend, but the next time you read it remember the ultimate revelation to which it refers is the grace and love God desires to impart on all who acknowledge Jesus as Savior and look forward to his coming, every day in our day to day lives as well as when he comes in final victory.

Dear God, thank you for the way you revealed yourself to John and the way you continue to reveal yourself to us today. During this season of Advent, help us to open our eyes and our entire being to the many ways you are revealing yourself to us right now. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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