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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 29

God’s Purpose in Revealing the Lord – Revelation 1:4-7

How has Jesus Christ changed your life?

God has never revealed anything just to increase your knowledge or understanding of Him. When He reveals Himself, He does it so that you can experience Him. For example, when Jesus’ birth was revealed to the shepherds, they gained some knowledge about His birth, so they went to where He was, and there they experienced His presence and worshiped Him.

John wrote, “Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come” (v. 4). A paraphrase could read, “He who is, and who was, and who is to come has been revealed to you. Therefore, you can experience grace (the desire and power to do His will) and peace (the result of an intimate relationship with Him).”

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness . . . that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (v. 5). The more you experience this cleansing, the more your life will be changed.

As you experience the Lord and He begins to change your life, you will probably think, “I’m not what I used to be. I’m not what I ought to be. But by God’s grace, I will become what He wants me to be.”

The Lord Jesus Christ “hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (v. 6). Regardless of how much or how little the Lord has changed your life, the future holds unlimited possibilities for what He can do in your life.

The final culmination of what He has planned for all believers could be just “around the corner.” For centuries before the Jewish people had control of Jerusalem, they encouraged one another with the words, “next year in Jerusalem.” Believers have a special promise from God, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him . . . Even so, Amen(v. 7). Maybe it will be next year, in New Jerusalem—with the Lord.