Why does that matter?
Because we need vision to drive us to live like Him. Keeping a vision before, and in, one’s mind can drive the transformation process. It’s what drives a person to run, run, and run for running a race. Want to get in shape? Set before yourself a vision of what your life and your body could look like in shape. Want to become a great quarterback? Watch last season’s Colts games when Peyton Manning was playing ;-). Vision drives us. Of course the Spirit does the transforming, but we certainly get to help and push the process forward to a certain degree.
So, Revelation begins by telling us what this book is all about. There are a couple of different ways to interpret the beginning words of this book.
NIV 84: 1 The revelation of Jesus Christ
NIV 11: 1 The revelation from Jesus Christ
ESV: 1 The revelation of Jesus Christ
NLT: 1 This is a revelation from Jesus Christ
Obviously the words of/from are debatable to scholars and this is reflected in the different translations. Is this a revelation of Jesus or is it from Jesus? I’m not falling off the log for one or the other, but satisfied to say it’s both. This book is certainly a revealing of Jesus and the Lamb slain since the foundation of the world. It is also a revealing by Jesus. He is the revealer of God’s plan. The incarnation teaches us that. Jesus tells us He has come to do the Father’s will and part of that will is to reveal the Father and His plan to us.
Someone said we should read Revelation prayerfully. So, I close with a prayer.
Reveal to me Your word, Father.Reveal to me Your Son and give me a fresh vision of Him.
My heart is open to obey and respond to You.
Give me understanding and wisdom.