The magnificence of Jesus is that He is the Creator,1 then the Messiah,2 and finally He brought it all together in one great act. This has to do with a sometimes neglected aspect of Jesus. To understand it better, let us look at the following:
Jesus said, ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Nobody comes to the Father except through Me.’ 3 Traditionally we understand that it means that Jesus is the only way of salvation, but He is more. He is the One who will make it possible for us to see the Father in eternity.
‘They [His servants, which means us, the saved] will see His face.’ 4 The invisible God will become a visible Being. After waiting for thousands of years, the saved will eventually have the privilege of seeing God’s glorious face. How will it happen?
Jesus’ death on the cross opened that important avenue to fulfil God’s plan for man. As the chosen Lamb of God, He did not flinch in the midst of the greatest trial, the execution of the innocent on our behalf, ‘I [Jesus] brought you [God] glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.’ 5 Jesus saved man, but what about it? Revelation 5 gives the answer.
John sees a scroll in a vision, but there is one tragic aspect. Nobody can open it. He cries his heart out, until he is comforted that there is somebody who can open it. Somebody who did not talk the talk, but walked the walk. It was Jesus, the Lamb. John is told, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David has triumphed.’ 6
What was important about the scroll? Sealed in it was the order and instructions on the final destruction of the world’s (Satan’s) kingdom. It will be replaced by the eternal one, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever.’7 The work of Jesus did not stop at the cross and resurrection. There was one final act which only He could do.
From Revelation 6 onwards we have a description of the seals, trumpets and bowls. They were all designed to accomplish the dual goal of Satan’s destruction, and the beginning of God’s eternal rule on earth. The devil will begin his eternal reign in the burning lake of sulphur, while God begins His eternal rule on the renewed heavens and earth.
Then we have the glorious scene where we will see the face of the Father, our God (and don’t forget, it will be for ever and ever).
It is true what Jesus said, ‘I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.’ 8 Jesus created it all in the beginning, and finished it perfectly in the end. From the beginning to the end, Jesus is our only hope, our glory, our Son of God.
- Colossians 1:16
- Hebrews 9:26b
- John 14:6
- Revelation 22:4a
- John 17:4
- Revelation 5:5
- Revelation 11:15a
- Revelation 22:13