Rev. 1:4,5 – 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 the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood —
John said in John 1:18 that no one had seen God but Jesus had declared or explained Him. Jesus is the Father’s revelation or declaration of Himself. There could be no greater witness, He is the Father’s word expressed in a distinct person. This is where our understanding of everything that pertains to life begins, with an unveiling of Christ Himself. In His light we see light. He is the light of life. That is why Revelations begins with John having a new revelation of Christ. If John needed a greater glimpse of Jesus, what about me? Here is a thought from Matthew Henry of Jesus being the unveiling of the Father to us.
“He is, in person, the Son of God, the only-begotten Son of God, and as such he must have the same nature. This personal distinction always supposes one and the same nature…. The person of the Son is the glory of the Father, shining forth with a truly divine splendor. As the beams are effulgent emanations of the sun, the father and fountain of light, Jesus Christ in his person is God manifest in the flesh, he is light of light, the true Shechinah. The person of the Son is the true image and character of the person of the Father; being of the same nature, he must bear the same image and likeness. In beholding the power, wisdom, and goodness, of the Lord Jesus Christ, we behold the power, wisdom, and goodness, of the Father; for he hath the nature and perfections of God in him.”
To understand the book of Revelations we must have a revelation of Christ. It is in seeing Him that we begin to understand and see the things to come. In the beginning of this new year we need a greater revelation of Christ. This is where we see God’s plan unfolding before us. Draw near, get yourself in the Spirit like John and you too will begin to have insight into things to come.