Jesus is Lord. Christians typically don’t have a problem with that statement. But what do we do with it? What is our proper response? Revelation 1:19 says,
Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. – Revelation 1:19
In this verse, we’ll see why John was to write, what John was to write, and what it means for us.
Why John was to write
The word “therefore” tells us that the command that Christ is giving to John is based on or because of what He had just said. In verses 17 and 18, He said to John,
17 . . . Fear not, I am the first and the last,
18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. – Revelation 1:17-18
These verses we examined in previous bleats, but in a nutshell, Jesus is almighty God and ruler over all. This is the reason that John is to write.
What John was to write
He was to write the things that he had seen, those that are, and those that are to take place. Some have taken this to be the outline of the rest of the book, as if to say that what he had seen was this vision of Christ, the things that are refers to the next few chapters about the existing churches, and the things that are to take place are future events. However, this may not be the case, because each section addresses past, present, and future.
Instead, what this might be is a pattern corresponding to the reality of who Jesus is. He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He is almighty God, who “is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (v8). Thus, John was to write down what Jesus told him, which included what is, what was, and what is to come.
Jesus, as God Himself, is the Author of all things and thus has the authority and ability to tell John anything, whether it had already happened or not. He is sovereign Lord.
What this means for us
If you don’t believe in Jesus, what this means is that He is very God Himself, who knows all things and controls all things. And it is He who will come and judge all who do not believe. It is also He who will come and save those who do believe. If you will turn to Him, even today, and trust in Him as Savior, you will be saved and not judged.
For we who do believe, this should cause us to bow down even more. He who was, is, and is to come is Almighty over all. Obey, therefore, all that He has commanded. And do it not as one who begrudgingly obeys merely out of terror, like the demons do, but as a loving child obeys his loving Father, who shows His children immeasurable love and grace and mercy.