God created man. It is written,
“Then God said,” ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness….’” Genesis 1:26
God, as the Creator, made man and loves people. After all, they were created in His image. God’s first acts of love was to provide a safe environment for the first couple in the Garden of Eden. From then on the theme of the whole Bible is about God’s acts to benefit man.
The Cross is the best evidence of God’s love for man,
‘Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert [Numbers 21:4-8], so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.’ John 3:15
Why did God send His Son? It was to enable people to live eternally with Him. That is so important to God that He suffered the painful and degrading treatment His Son received.
As Satan did not create man, he feels absolutely nothing for people. He hates them. Not one place in the Bible shows that Satan loves people. He is a murderer, liar and deceiver (John 8:44). Satan cannot care less about the well being of people. Actually, he does care. He wants as many as possible to remain blindfolded by him so that they gaily walk to eternal hell.
God plans an eternal visible Kingdom. He wants people who live there with Him. That is possible through Jesus. So the book of Revelation frequently talks about Jesus as ‘The Lamb’ – He was the sacrificial lamb who suffered the agony and humiliation of the Cross to make it possible for us to be united to His Father.
That is why the blessing attached to Revelation is so important. The book helps us understand that God is victorious. It means, people created in His image, who remained faithful to Him, will be with God eternally. The devil, who hates humans, will be removed from God’s presence for ever. So he can no longer inflict hurt and pain on people.
One of the blessings when we read, hear and take to heart the book of Revelation, is to understand that in the end, true love emerges victorious. True love wins. R