Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!
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“The revelation of Jesus Christ… “ (v 1 NIV)
“A revealing of Jesus, the Messiah… “ (v 1 MSG)
Father, You chose to unveil Your plan to Your Son regarding how You would bring ultimate victory to Your creation and final deliverance from the evil of the enemy. Here in these passages unfolds a story of how Your Son stands as the Victor over all, and how He brings that same victory into my life simply because I am HIS.
You reveal Jesus’ place in the Godhead in v. 4-5 … First, there’s You, Father: “Him who IS, and who WAS, and who IS TO COME” (v 4 NIV). Then, the Holy Spirit is noted in “the sevenfold Spirit before His throne.” Finally, You convey the identity of Christ Jesus: “the FAITHFUL WITNESS, the FIRSTBORN from the dead, and the RULER of the kings of the earth” (v 5 NIV) How great the assurance is in knowing that Jesus is 1) FAITHFUL; 2) that because He rose from the dead and I will too one day, and 3) that HE is the RULER — HE’s in charge and no one else (not even me!).
You also relate the saving work of Jesus: “To HIM who LOVES US and has FREED US from our sins by His blood, and has MADE US to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father…” (v 5-6 NIV). Before I knew You, Lord Jesus, You loved me. Out of Your love for me, You died to free me from sin. Having freed me from my sinful self, You have made me into a new self, equipping me to serve You by serving others.
Just as You, Lord, have focused all of who you are on loving, saving and growing me, give me that kind of focus. “Take my eyes so totally off myself that I see nothing before me but the needs of others.” (Kathy Troccoli, My Life Is in Your Hands, p. 189) Make me just like Jesus as You reveal His story through my life to others in this world. Amen.