Revelations 1 Devotion Sharing
Submitted by Christine Chang, Gracepoint Hsinchu
Who is Jesus according to this chapter? According to this chapter, Jesus, the faithful witness, is the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. He is the One who freed us from our sins and made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father. Jesus is our Lord and Savior, the Living One who was dead and now alive. He holds the keys of death and Hades.
Reflect on who Jesus is in light of how I am described in vss.5b-6.
Jesus is the faithful witness of God’s love. Though we had rejected God, God still persevered in His love and sent Jesus to free us from our sins, by His blood. The enormity of Jesus’ love for me is hard to imagine. The very people that Jesus died for, not only are those who rejected Him, but also the ones who nailed Him to the cross. Yet Jesus persevered in His mission. Knowing all the times we would crucify Him with our sins and all the times we would fall short of God’s kingdom and priesthood, Jesus still turned and set His face resolutely towards the cross, choosing to die for our sins. It amazes me again that He “freed us from our sins by his blood.” He gave Himself fully, so I could be made whole again.[...] He called me to come back each time I failed. I saw that in my struggle with sin, God sent His Son to give victory not only over my sin, but also over the death that sin brought into my life. I didn’t have to hide my sin, but God invited me to confess and be honest before Him. I don’t have to be afraid of coming into the light, but with confidence trust that God sent His Son to be that Rescuer and Restorer of my life. Jesus gives us a new identity. We are called to be part of a kingdom of priest to serve God, the Father. Jesus didn’t have to but chose to free us. Jesus sees past the sins and sees us with God’s eyes of mercy and grace. He does not treat us as our sins deserve, but instead, gives Himself fully to us. He calls us to be part of God’s redemptive plan, and bestows on us the privilege of being called priest for God’s kingdom. Jesus holds the keys to death and calls us to share the good news of what He has done on the cross. Being in Taiwan, I have the opportunity to serve here and meet students. I realize how important it is for us as a church, to take seriously the call to bring the gospel to the students, and in order for us to do that we need to be people of truth. Each person that we meet is someone that God wants to free from his or her sins. Jesus is indeed the only One who can bear the burdens of our sins and I want to commit to daily being confessing my sins so that people can see clearly that Jesus is the One who has come to save and free us from our sins. Concretely this means, I need to die to my pride daily and admit when I am holding onto petty differences in my heart. Instead of being easily swayed by my emotions, I need to step back and see truth. For those that God has placed in my life, I should relate to them in honesty and love, so that His love could be made complete, and that I could fully be available to others, as that is how God meant for me to be.