We have reached the end of our reading through the Bible in one Year. I hope you were blessed by making it all the way through. I think it fitting to leave us where God leaves us in scripture. The last recorded words of Jesus Christ are found in the last chapter of Revelation.
Revelation 22:12–13 (NKJV) — 12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Revelation 22:16 (NKJV) — 16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
Revelation 22:20 (NKJV) — 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
In these last words, Jesus says twice “I am coming quickly.” They don’t speak to the timing of His coming, but speak to the manner of His coming. These words are such an encouragement to me. Jesus’ timing is perfect. He says that God the father knows the day of His coming, but when Jesus is told to come, He will come quickly. He will come to the earth like lightening (Matt. 24:27). Jesus’ sole purpose through scripture is to come and to save.
Not only is He coming quickly to save, He is coming to reward and to give to each of us according to our work. As a Christian, we have been called to good works. Jesus will judge each according to what we have done for the Kingdom. For non-believers, there is a different judgment coming. Their judgment is a judgment to prove to them that they deserve destruction. But not so for us. We, as believers, have eternal life and our Lord is returning to reward.
Jesus then gives His credentials for this judgment. Jesus says that He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Jesus lays out that He is the eternal one, the ancient of days. These words mean more than that He was there in the beginning and will be there in the end. This could be better said “I am the origin and the culmination.” All things come from Jesus and flow to Jesus.
I’ll end with the same words as the Apostle John. “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
In His Service, ScottYear