What Hope Is There? Revelation 1-5

And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Revelation 5:3-4

Question: “Did you do it?”  Be honest, “Did you read the first five chapters of Revelation?”  The Bible says, “if you read, hear, and obey His Word,” you will be blessed!

True admission:  Life can beat you down to the point that you cannot focus on what is right in front of you.

Case in point:  Ours is a world that is in turmoil.  Nations are against nations and countries are having turmoil within.  Our own nation cannot come together because there are competing forces for the lordship of men.  It would be easy for us to say, “What hope is there?”

A recent Gallup poll (released last week) suggests that 21% of Americans now claim to have zero religious affiliations.  Increasingly we are becoming less and less a nation of hope.

Question: “Where does your hope lie?”  My answer is this, “My hope lies in the God of the book of Revelation.”

The Apostle John in chapters 1-5 presents to us Jesus.  Jesus is presented as the one who loves us and has freed us from our sins (1:5).  Jesus is presented as the one who is coming again to rule and reign forever (1:7).

The Apostle John sees the resurrected Jesus and falls in awe of the one he describes in Vs: 12-16.  The very first words John records after see him are these:  “Jesus says, ‘fear not.'”

Brothers and sisters, these are words of hope in a world gone crazy.  Why do we need not fear?

  • We do not fear because we serve a God who was, who is, and will be forever. (No one will overthrow His throne).
  • We do not fear because Jesus has the keys to our eternal home (He has the keys).
  • We do not fear because Jesus is the leader of the church (Revelation 2-3).
  • We do not fear because Jesus is the one who is the conquering Lord of life (Revelation 5).
  • We do not fear because Jesus is coming again (Revelation 5).

Brothers and sisters, any one of these things, by themselves is reason enough to have hope.  Put together they give us a picture of what is coming to be in our world.  We hold on in hope knowing better days are ahead.

We cry with the church of the ages, “Come Lord Jesus!”

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