Summary: Grace to know how to live in these in-between times.
HE IS COMING
The architectural geography of some church buildings reflects an ancient tradition of ‘antiphonal’ singing. Two half-choirs sit face to face, exchanging responses. The congregation looks on.
A. “Behold I come quickly,” says Jesus (Revelation 22:12).
1. “My reward is with me, to give every man according as His work shall be,” He continues (Revelation 22:12).
In Revelation 22:11 we have been told that there comes a point when there will be a fixity of state, after which there is neither time nor opportunity to change our standing with God.
There is no second chance after death: ‘as the tree falls, there it will lie’ (Ecclesiastes 11:3).
2. Jesus pronounces a benediction upon those who “do my commandments” (Revelation 22:14).
Those who ‘have washed’ (past tense) their robes, have ‘made them white in the blood of the Lamb’ (Revelation 7:14).
Jesus has already ‘washed us from our sins in His own blood’ (Revelation 1:5).
3. What does Jesus mean when He says, “I am the root and the offspring of David” (Revelation 22:16)?
First he says, “I AM” - which is the name of God.
Second, as God, He is “the root” - which signifies the source.
Jesus has already been recognised as ‘the Root of David’ in Revelation 5:5.
Third, literally, “the offspring” - or “descendant” - which acknowledges His incarnation, and more specifically His birth into the family of David. Jesus is the Branch that grows out of the root of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1).
In keeping with this metaphor, He is both the ‘root’ and the ‘offshoot’ - “the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13).
Jesus further identifies Himself as the “bright and morning star” (Revelation 22:16).
Balaam saw this star from afar (Numbers 24:17).
Now Jesus ushers in the new dawn.
B. “Come,” reply the Spirit and the bride:
“and let everyone who hears say, ‘Come’” (Revelation 22:17).
Those who are thirsty are called to come to the One who is coming (Revelation 22:17).
It is there at the spring of the water of life that we meet with Him, and He with us (Revelation 21:6).
C. Jesus says, “Surely I come quickly” (Revelation 22:20).
It is Jesus who testifies to these things (Revelation 22:20).
He is ‘the faithful witness’ (Revelation 1:5).
He is ‘the Amen, the faithful and true witness’ (Revelation 3:14).
He is coming at a time when we know not (Matthew 24:42-44).
D. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
This is the Greek equivalent of Paul’s transliterated Aramaic word, 'Maranatha' at the end of 1 Corinthians 16:22 - ‘Our Lord come!’
It is the response of John, but also of the church.
And as we wait for His coming, He confers upon us His grace (Revelation 22:21), that we might know how to live in these in-between times.