Today I would like to talk about the book of Revelation chapter 1:1-3 to explain what John is communicating to the Church, and the first thing we need to know as we get into the book of Revelation is that the message is from Jesus Christ to his Church. John made it clear the revelation he received is the “Testimony of Jesus Christ” not John’s own message, but a message Jesus sent his angel to deliver to his Church.
Receiving the message, John said, he is testifying to the things the angel showed him, things the angel told him to write down and deliver the seven churches. The angel wanted the Church to know the message was urgent addressing both the present and the future and what was to happen shortly.
Revelation 1:11 “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, what thou see, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”
Having received this urgent report from Jesus, John declares it is a blessing to read, hear, and keep the record of the things revealed to the Church. It is a blessing because we have in our hand’s foreknowledge, knowledge of the things God has planned. It is a blessing because we can prepare in advance for what God is about to do in the world and because we are able to prepare in advance, we will be like a tree planted by rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season because unlike the world who have rejected Christ, we will escapee with our lives if we do what God is calling on us to do. Psalm 1:1-3.
But why was the Church receiving this timely message? It goes back to what Jesus said to his disciples before he died and rose from the grave. Because on his way to Jerusalem to be put to death for the sins of the world, Jesus said to his disciples, “You are my friends if you do whatever I told you” Jesus was addressing the subject of trust because if they trust him they will do whatever he told them to do. John 15:14. But then Jesus went on to say, John 15:15:
“I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” And keeping his promise after his resurrection, Jesus sent his angel to inform the Church God was about to something in the world for which they need to prepare, and in response to Jesus’ faithfulness, John wrote to the Church saying:
Revelation 1:1-3 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that reads and they that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” And upon hearing the report delivered by the angel, if the Church is a friend of Jesus, they will do whatever he told them to do that they might escape with their lives.